The Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism director and interns develop and produce SMC campus interfaith events.
Funding is provided by grants from anonymous donors, SMC's Office of Mission, and the College Committee for Inclusive Excellence. Our on-campus partners and supporters often include the Mission and Ministry Center, the Intercultural Center, and the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action.
SMC joined the White House Interfaith and
Community Service Campus Challenge (ICSCC) in 2012
The Center's ICSCC interfaith projects and events for the 2013-2014 academic year (some with our SMC partners) include:
• Weekend of Welcome Saturday Day of Service Interfaith Reflection (with the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action-CILSA)
• Mass of the Holy Spirit w/Interfaith Calls to Prayer, Sept. 11th (with the Mission and Ministry Center)
• Sikhs, Muslims & the War of Terror: Telling Our Stories, Oct. 16th
• Hindu Awareness & Appreciation Month Celebration (in support of the California State Legislature's Resolution)
• Interfaith Perspectives: Life, Death & What Happens After, Oct. 28-11 (with the Intercultural Center)
• Fall Religious Site Visit: Islamic Center Visit and Interfaith Dialogue, November 9th
• Interfaith Community Service Days, TBA
• Spring Religious Site Visit: TBA
• Annual Interfaith Speaker Event, TBA
• De La Salle Week, Interfaith Awareness Event, Week of April 27st
• Festival of Colors: Holi Interfaith Spring Celebration, May 4th
• And more !!!
Interfaith Initiatives & Intern Projects
"THE FESTIVAL OF COLORS: HOLI SPRING INTERFAITH CELEBRATION" April 14, 2013
The Center, in coodination with the Resident Hall Association, produced SMC's first Holi celebration, the Hindu holiday that honors the colors of spring and joy in the unity in the diversity of all colors. We added an interfaith twist with representatives from many religions joining us for interfaith reflection and dialogue. Thank you sponsors: The Resident Hall Association, the College Committee for Inclusive Excellence, the Office of Mission, and the Disney Forum.
See Lauren Lorge's Collegian opinion piece "Saint Mary's cultivates a welcome community for all faiths."
Bay Area Forum for the Interfaith and Community Service Challenge
The Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism was honored to be asked to host the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Bay Area Forum on February 27, 2013, featuring Ken Bedell, senior advisor at the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Education and Bay Area interfaith leaders.
For more information and images for the Bay Area Forum, click here.
Understanding the World Religions
From 2010-2012, Center intern Chloe Doan took the lead in developing and producing events to promote understanding of the world religions. Last year, Chloe Doan invited Hindus from SMC and the wider community to speak on "Exploring Hinduism." This year, 2012-2013, the Center's interns planned a Sikh Gurdwara site visit and interfaith dialogue discussion and are producing a Holi Interfaith Spring Celebration.
Children of the Earth Hub Project
Our COE Hub Project is ongoing. See more here.
Interfaith Leadership Workshops
The Center develops interfaith leaders on the model of the Interfaith Youth Core. See more here.
Interfaith Events for Faculty and Staff
These events provide faculty and staff with opportunities to learn about methods for interfaith dialogue and to share their faith stories.
De La Salle Week: Religious Pluralism in the Lasallian Tradition
Center interns' presentations on how the Center's work supports the Lasallian Tradition of the College have been a part of De La Salle Week, which is organized by the Mission and Ministry Center.
Interfaith Prayer Wall at the Legacy Garden
New students and their supporters gathered to construct and dedicate the Interfaith Prayer Wall above SMC's organic garden as a part of SMC's Fall "Weekend of Welcome."
(Click image to view slide show)
Research projects for college credit are available to interns
College credit is available to interns who wish to explore a Center-related topic for a researched term paper.
Interfaith Education and Charter Schools
Thomas Bell, Center intern spring 2009, researched and wrote a proposal for interfaith education in charter schools. His work contemplates an overall interfaith approach to charter school education.
Religious Pluralism and the U.S. Congress
Skylar Kovich, Center intern spring 2009, researched the impact that religion has on the political careers of current and former U.S. congressmen who are not Christian or Jewish. The project included profiles of current Muslim congress members Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN), current Buddhist congress members Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), former Sikh congressman Dalip Singh Saund (D-CA), current congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), and former senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO), who are both Native American. Congress members who identify with no religion were addressed, as well, particularly current congressman Pete Stark (D-CA), who became the first congressman to identify himself as an atheist.
Callan Smith and Laura Klink, Center interns spring 2009, conducted research in support of the Center’s Prison Religion Project.