Lived Experience Conversations

Dialogue With Fellow Lakers

Our monthly Lived Experience Conversations are a special opportunity for GVSU community members to come together in a relaxed setting.  Want to explore how your faith impacts your views on current events?  Curious how those from other faiths might see things differently?  Join us to discuss how our religious, secular or spiritual identities interact with the world around us, and build an appreciation for how our different identities around religion provide unique and meaningful lenses on the world. 

We typically meet on the first Tuesday of the month for an hour conversation about various topics.  Each month, we'll go over the interfaith rules of dialogue, hear someone speak broadly about a topic, and then discuss how you see your religious, secular or spiritual identity intersect with the issue.  

These discussions are LIB 100/201 Approved.

Students and staff gather for Lived Conversations

Join us!

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Allendale Campus

Kirkhof Center

Room 2266

Fall 2018 Conversations

9/4          Protest. How do our identities around religion shape our view of current political and religious protests?

10/9        Transhumanism. What does it mean to be human? How integrated can we become with artificial intelligence technology? How do our identities around religion help us understand our humanness? 

11/6        Sacred Dimensions of Food. How do our identities around religion shape the ways we celebrate fasts and feasts? (Diwali is 11/7.)

12/4        When Sustainability is Spiritual. How do issues of environmentalism and sustainability intersect with our religious, spiritual, and secular identities? Is our relationship to the planet somehow sacred, spiritual, or ethically compelling? 

Winter 2019 Conversations

1/8          Immigration. The plight of displaced peoples is an ongoing topic in global news. What are some current religious responses to these crises, and how are Lakers considering the issue of immigration in light of their religious, spiritual, and secular identities?

2/5          Spiritual Sexuality. How do our religious, secular, and spiritual identities impact our ideas about love, sex, romance, and partnership? How do our sexual identities intersect with our RSS identities?

3/26        Religion in Modernity. How has the wide availability of scientific information (Google! Wikipedia!) contributed to our religious, secular, and spiritual understandings? What is responsible for the recent rise of atheism and agnosticism? How do religious people incorporate scientific knowledge into their religious practice?

4/9          Digital Religion. How does the wide availability of religious texts/media change the way we practice? How do apps, social media, and news media shape our perspectives around religion?