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Feast of Faiths a Success!

September 16, 2011
The “Feast of Faiths” was a dinner designed to encourage self-exploration and casual discussion regarding interfaith and intercultural perceptions, experiences and challenges.  Each table of eight students was facilitated by either a student affairs focused professional or a Merrimack College student leader who attended the Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI) Summer Institute at Brandeis University.  The goal of the program was to spark intellectual curiosity and engagement among students and to help foster a deeper understanding about the importance of developing cultural and interfaith relationships on and off campus. 

We had 48 students participate our program who widely represented various cultures and faiths.  Click here to see a list of topics discussed over dinner that evening.

A survey was emailed to the students who participated in the program. The Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations will use this information to continue to build undergraduate programs focused to meet the mission of the Center.  The email response rate was 23.81%.  Click here to view a pdf version of the Program Assessment document.

Our student newspaper, The Beacon, featured a review of the dinner discussion.  Click here to read the article by Siobhan Licudine, class of 2013.

The Feast of Faiths was held before our 7th Annual Rev. Robert W. Bullock Memorial Lecture on September 14, 2011, with James Carroll speaking on “Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World.”  Read more about the lecture here.

Many thanks to Kathy Vaillancourt, Project Coordinator for the Office of Experiential Learning, for running this program!

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