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Interfaith Dialog

To build bridges of trust and reconciliation by inviting and encouraging people of all faiths to come together for prayer.

Global and Interfaith

As a church-related institution, affiliated with The United Methodist Church, we affirm our call to initiate and promote better relationships between Christians and other faiths of the world based on informed understanding, critical appreciation, and balanced perspective of one another's basic beliefs.

At the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the United Methodist Council of Bishops reaffirmed our inclusive position by encouraging all of us "to renew our commitment to the ministry of reconciliation, and to be witnesses of God's love and grace for and in the whole world…to build bridges of trust and reconciliation by inviting and encouraging people of all faiths to come together for prayer…to work for personal and social holiness…especially to do no harm and to do good…to restore a sense of hope for the future by praying for and working for the healing of broken relationships…to seek to bind up the wounds and renew efforts to work for peace with justice."

The University of Evansville is committed to religious diversity and interfaith dialogue as we continue to serve an interconnected, global society understanding that the world is as close as our own backyard.

University of Evansville’s Department of Religious Life is continuing its efforts in interfaith initiatives because such conversations enhance the educational experience of our students and enrich our community. Religion is fused into our global society on many levels and the more we learn about the religions of the world, the better equipped we are to engage the people who live in our neighborhoods in positive ways. As authors Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen have stated in their recent work, No Longer Invisible, religious literacy is essential in our religiously diverse world. According to the American Historical Association, religion is now the hottest topic of research, nudging out cultural history for first place (Jacobsen, No Longer Invisible).

As a church-related institution, affiliated with The United Methodist Church, we affirm our call to initiate and promote better relationships between Christians and other faiths of the world based on informed understanding, critical appreciation, and balanced perspective of one another's basic beliefs. Interfaith discussions can make religion a bridge and not a barrier toward a peaceful world.

Interfaith Worship Service: Celebrating Diversity, Giving Thanks Together

Sunday, November 4, 10:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel
All are welcome!

The Interfaith Service will focus on celebrating diversity and giving thanks. We decided to host the interfaith service during the month of November since Thanksgiving is celebrated during November. The theme of thanksgiving transcends all religious differences and encourages us to reflect on our abundance, for which we are stewards and inspires us to be generous in our giving. Evansville is fortunate to have rich diversity in our population and bringing folks together to affirm our thankfulness seems appropriate. UE students, faculty and staff will participate in the service as well as people from the Tri-State area representing the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim communities. The community is invited and encouraged to attend any and all events.

2012 Interfaith Religion Forum Series

The What is My Neighbor Doing? series will focus on specific rituals and practices unique to each world religion. What words are said during worship? What kind of music is used at corporate gatherings, if any? What kind of prayer posture is assumed? How are male and female roles defined during worship? What holidays are important?

Monday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall
“What is My Neighbor Doing? Rituals and Practices of Islam”

The “What is My Neighbor Doing” series will explore the rituals and practices of living world religions. Several members of the Islamic Society will share and demonstrate some of the most important practices in Islam. There will also be time for Q and A.

Friday, November 2, 7:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel
“What is My Neighbor Doing? Letting Go of Anger and Disruptive Emotions”

Special presentation includes a public talk with Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche. Sponsored by the Palchen Study Group of Evansville, www.palchenstudygroup.org.

2011 Interfaith Religion Forum Series

9/11 Interfaith Worship Service
Interfaith Bulletin

"Who Is My Neighbor" Panel Discussion Series

"Who Is My Neighbor: The Muslim Next Door?"
Dr. Zahid Saqib, Islamic Society of Evansville, along with Mrs. Martha Al-Hieh, Dr. Mohammad Hussain, Dr. Mohammad Bourad, Ms. Myeda Hussain

"Who Is My Neighbor: The Jew Next Door?"
Rabbi Helen Bar Yaacov, Adath B'nai Israel Temple, along with Wayne Trockman, Sonnie Cibul, Linda Ellenstein, Gaveena Day

"Who Is My Neighbor: The Buddhist Next Door?"
Mary MacGregor, Theravada Buddhism, Katlyn Sandy, UE Student, Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha, Theravada Buddhism, Alan McCoy, Palchen Study Group, Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism, Jay Ziemer, Chenrezig Study Group, Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition

Global and Interfaith Holidays

Click on the links below to display the holidays for the respective faith.

Baha'i Holidays
Jan 20 - World Religion Day
Mar 2-20: Baha'i Fast
Mar 20 - Nowruz (Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Iranian New Year)
Apr 21- May 2 - Ridván
May 29 - Ascension of Baha'u'llah
July 9 - The Martyrdom of the Bab
Oct 20 - Birth of the Bab
Nov 12 - Birth of Baha'u'llah

Buddhist Holidays
Jan 27-30: Mahayana New Year
Feb 14 - Nirvana Day
Apr 6 - Theravada New Year
May 25 - Wesak
Dec 8 - Bodhi Day

Christian Holidays
Jan 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Catholic)
Jan 1 - Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 6 - Epiphany
Jan 6 - Feast of Theophany (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 6 - Nativity of Jesus (Armenian Orthodox)
Jan 7 - Christmas Day (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 19 - Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
Jan 25 - Conversion of St. Paul
Feb 2 - Candlemas
Feb 11 - Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes (Catholic)
Feb 13 - Ash Wednesday
Mar 17 - St. Patrick's Day (Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran)
Mar 18 - Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian)
Mar 24 - Palm Sunday
Mar 28 - Maundy Thursday
Mar 29 - Good Friday
Mar 30 - Holy Saturday
Mar 31 - Easter (Protestant, Catholic)
Apr 8 - Annunciation
May 5 - Easter (Orthodox Christian)
May 19 - Pentecost
May 26 - Trinity Sunday
May 29- Ascension of Christ
May 30 - Corpus Christi (Catholic)
June 29 - St. Peter and St. Paul's Day
July 22 - Feast of Mary Magdalene
Aug 6 - Transfiguration of Jesus
Aug 15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic)
Aug 15 - Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
Sept 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos / Birth of Virgin Mary
Nov 1 - All Saints Day / All Hallows' Day
Nov 2 - All Souls' Day
Nov 15 - Nativity Fast starts
Dec 1 - Advent Sunday
Dec 8 - Feast of Immaculate Conception (Catholic)
Dec 12 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec 24 - Christmas Eve (Western Churches)
Dec 25 - Christmas Day (Western Churches)

Hindu Holidays
Jan 14 - Makar Sankranti / Pongal
Feb 15 - Saraswati Puja
Mar 10 - Shivratri
Mar 27 - Holi
Apr 20 - Ram Navami
Apr 25- Hanuman Jayanti
Apr 11 - Akshaya Tritiya
Jul 3 - Guru Purunima
Aug 21 - Raksha Bandhan
Sept 13 - Janmasthami
Sept 16 - Onam
Sept 23 - Radhasthami
Oct 5-13 - Navratri
Oct 9-13 - Durga Puja
Oct. 14 - Dussehra
Nov 1-5 - Diwali

Jain Holidays
Apr 11 - Akshaya Tritiya
Apr 23 - Mahavir Jayanti
Nov 1-5 - Diwali

Jewish Holidays
Jan 26 - Tu B'Shevat
Feb 24 - Purim
Mar 26-Apr 2 - Passover
May 15-16 - Shavuot
July 16 - Tisha B'Av
Sept 5-6 - Rosh Hashanah
Sept 14 - Yom Kippur
Sept 19-25 - Sukkot
Sept. 27 - Simchat Torah
Nov. 27-Dec 5 Hanukkah

Muslim Holidays
Jan 24 - Mawlid al-Nabi
July 9 - Ramadan Starts
Aug 3 - Lailat al Qadr
Aug 8 - Eid-ul-Fitr
Oct 15 - Eid-ul-Adha
Nov 4 - Al-Hijira (Islamic New Year)
Nov 14 - Ashura

Pagan Holidays
Feb 2 - Imbolc
Mar 20 - Spring Equinox
May 1 - Beltane
June 20 - Summer Solstice
Aug 1 - Lughnasadh (Lamamas)
Sept 22 - Autumn Equinox
Oct 31 - Samhain
Dec 21 - Winter Solstice (Yule)

Shinto Holidays
Jan 1 - Gantan-Sai
Feb 3 - Setsubun

Sikh Holidays
Jan 5 - Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
Jan 13 - Lohri
Feb 15 - Vasant Panchami
Mar 28 - Hola Mohalla
Apr 14 - Vaisakhi
Nov 3 - Bandi Chhor Divas
Nov 21 - Birthday of Guru Nanak
Nov 24 - Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur