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Mission and Values
Campus Interfaith Resources strives to create a place where students of various worldviews can practice their traditions authentically while growing more religiously literate as they navigate an increasingly more diverse and pluralistic society. In order to achieve this goal, we partner with campus and community partners as well as national organizations to create programs and initiatives that engage diverse religious, secular and spiritual traditions in order to motivate learning, service and advocacy. In doing so, we demonstrate how these perspectives intersect with other aspects of identity such as gender, ability, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity.
The following shared values will guide our interfaith work as a more formal mission and vision are developed.
- Utilizing intersectionality and social justice as frameworks for understanding identity and interrelated systems of oppression
- Creating inclusive spaces that promote a sense of belonging for the diverse religious and philosophical traditions represented on campus and in the world
- Appreciating holistic student development that embraces rather than washes away the spiritual and secular commitments of our community
- Valuing all voices, particularly those that are members of underrepresented religious traditions
We create spaces where folks from different religious, secular and spiritual traditions can be together in shared community. These spaces could be service trips, retreats or other both formal and informal gatherings where students can learn from one another. We also partner with student interfaith interns from other local colleges, such as Aquinas College, Calvin College, and Hope College. They promote interfaith efforts on their respective campuses, and also within the wider community.
We create programming around religious literacy to help students learn how to live pluralistically in a religiously diverse world. These programs include site visits to local houses of worship and panels over community members of various religious, secular and spiritual identities over a shared topic.
We advocate to create a space where people from all different religious, secular and spiritual traditions can feel safe at GVSU. We work with our various religious, secular and spiritual student organizations through our faith based advisor meetings and with check in’s with the student organization presidents. We also partner with the other Social Justice centers and participate with the intersections initiative. It gives everyone the opportunity to look at our world through multiple lenses, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, class, etc. By doing so, we get a deeper understanding of how our identities situate us in the economic, political, and social world.