Orientation

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Friends,

 

In these unprecedented times, I hope you are staying safe and healthy.  Normally orientation is one of my favorite times of the year, meeting new Lakers and helping them get connected with our campus resources.  This year, we have gone digital and on this page,  you will see the various things Campus Interfaith has to offer.  You can learn more about the 20 or so Religious, Spiritual and Secular groups that we have on campus, you can learn how to become an interfaith ambassador, you can learn about our religious accommodation policy, and finally you can learn about some of the programming Campus Interfaith Resources offers.

Eboo Patel, the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, reminds us that colleges are civic laboratories where people with different beliefs come together to live, learn, and socialize.  He reminds that we are better together than we are apart, so we need to come together. 

Below are a few questions that we get asked a lot with some common answers.  We hope that you join us for an interfaith discussion or a site visit.  You can also email us or call us at (616)331-3207 in order to connect more.  We look forward to seeing you on campus.

Yours,

Kevin McIntosh
Coordinator of Campus Interfaith Resources

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Orientation FAQs

No! Our programs our open to everyone.  We've folks who identify as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Atheist, Agnostic, Secular Humanist, Buddhist, Hindu and many more take part in our programming and events.  The whole idea is to get a wide range of identities around religion together for conversations or for learning about one another.  

Campus Interfaith Resources does not organize religious services.  We are happy to connect folks to a local house of worship or a student organizations.  Many of our student organizations will host bible studies, shabbat dinners, or jummah prayers.  

GVSU is committed to helping our students, faculty and staff thrive on campus.  We have a Religious Inclusion Policy that acknowledges the right of students, staff, and faculty to engage in religious observances.  Part of that policy grants religious accommodations if there is a conflict with a holy day and a class.  If a conflict with a religious observance exists, students must request a religious accommodation from their faculty within the first two weeks of each semester or as soon as reasonably possible after the instructor announces a particular mandatory class, examination, or assignment so that alternative arrangements can be made for any class, examinations, or assignments missed.  You can fill out that form here.

 

You can read the full policy here.

Thanks to resolutions by Student Senate and the University Academic Senate an interfaith reflection room was created in the Kirkhof Center in 2015.  Because of GVSU's growing downtown presence and a resolution passed by Student Senate, a temporary reflection room for meditation and prayer has been created from 12-5pm on the Pew Campus and a full time reflection room was created in CHS.  These spaces are designed for students of all faiths/non-faiths to practice their traditions authentically and safely on GVSU's campus.  

Learn more about these spaces here

While our list is not exhaustive at all, we have worked to get a list of various houses of worship in the local West Michigan community.  You can find that list by clicking the button below.  Reach out to Kevin (mcintkev@gvsu.edu) if the tradition you are looking for is not represented on this list and he can help you find more information.  

Local Religious, Spiritual and Secular Communities  

We have many religious, spiritual and student organizations at GVSU.  Click the button below to learn more about them.

Learn more about student organizations 

 

Virtual Open Houses

6/16 Open House: 4:30-5pm
6/16 Open House: 4:30-5pm
7/7 Open House: 4:30-5pm
7/7 Open House: 4:30-5pm
7/14 Open House: 4:30-5pm
7/14 Open House: 4:30-5pm
7/21 Open House: 4:30-5pm
7/21 Open House: 4:30-5pm
7/28 Open House: 4:30-5pm
7/28 Open House: 4:30-5pm
8/4 Open House: 4:30-5pm
8/4 Open House: 4:30-5pm

Get Involved

Interfaith Ambassadors

One of the best ways to get involved is to become an interfaith ambassador.  Interfaith ambassadors help Campus Interfaith think about how to create a more pluralistic campus and to achieve our vision while retaining our mission.  Ambassadors meet with Campus Interfaith staff once a month for trainings and discussions.  You can learn more about the ambassador program and apply here.

 

Other Programming

Campus Interfaith Resources prides itself on innovative and fun programs that build interfaith friendship and increase interfaith knowledge.  Some of our bigger programs include our interfaith leadership lecture series, our sacred site visits, and our lived interfaith conversations.  All of our events are open to everyone!  If you ever need an accommodation for a program, reach out to the Campus Interfaith Team.  You can see all of our programs at our events page.  We look forward to connecting at one of these opportunities.  

“I am so grateful that Campus Interfaith Programming exists on our campus as well. I think that productive faith conversations and great friendships around faith include a willingness to hear many different perspectives - not just talk about your own! Having Campus Interfaith Programming on GVSU's campus creates an AWESOME place for both of those things. I'm so grateful to be a part of it all!”

Tanner Rubin

The GVSU Community is as diverse in faith, belief and philosophy of life as it is in other regards. There are lots of student organizations representing different religious, secular and spiritual beliefs.  If you don't see your tradition represented, reach out to Kevin McIntosh or the Office of Student Life to learn how to start a registered student organization.  


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