Concordia’s emphasis on engaging students in interfaith dialogue and service is attracting national attention.
The college is among nine presenting at the third annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge conference at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in September.
This national gathering gives colleges that are starting interfaith programs an opportunity to learn about successful ones. Concordia was asked to speak on the topic of interfaith engagement and the curriculum.
Joining Dr. Jacqueline Bussie, director of the Forum on Faith and Life, in Washington is Robyn Adams ’16, Littleton, Colo., one of Concordia’s interfaith scholars. Bussie asked Adams to give Concordia’s presentation because of her close involvement in the interfaith class “Faith in Dialogue: Interfaith Leadership,” which was offered last spring for the first time.
Bussie and Adams say the college’s partnership with author Dr. Eboo Patel’s Interfaith Youth Core has helped Concordia gain wide recognition for its interfaith engagement.
“But also, few schools have a minor or even a class in interfaith cooperation, and we are one of the first colleges to do so,” Bussie says. “Concordia is at the forefront of the emerging consciousness of this issue, and it’s a part of the college’s 'Whole Life, Whole Self ' strategic plan.”
Adams says the interfaith class was a powerful, transformative experience.
“I learned that interfaith dialogue with community service is tangible and practical, and can be applied to everyday life and shared with others,” she says.
Bussie says an important part of the Washington conference is celebrating the work that is happening on campuses across the country to provide students with opportunities to develop lifelong skills in interfaith cooperation and community service.