See the 50 minute film of the introduction presented by Sister Martha Ann Kirk (Religious Studies, Ettling Center for Civic Leadership), Dr. Lopita Nath (History), and Dr. Susan Hall (Center for Teaching and Learning) https://uiw.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Inter-faith+Literacy+-+Clipped+by+Martha+Kirk/0_a6r9cih4
If you would like, see up close the two PowerPoints which were shown in that film:
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Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D.
Director of the "Furthering Interfaith Literacy, Fluency, and Service" Grant Program
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We are grateful to the Interfaith Youth Core for this "Interfaith Innovation Grant."
The University of the Incarnate Word mission statement says, “The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good.” “Diverse backgrounds,” including interfaith diversity, is held as a positive value.
The mission also notes aiming “to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens within the global community.” University of the Incarnate Word students and faculty come from over seventy different countries. Members of the UIW community have wonderful opportunities to learn from each other’s cultures and traditions. Learn more at
See http://www.uiw.edu/eccl/interfaithiteracyandservice/ for links to information on various religious traditions.
UIW is a Catholic school and because of that promotes interfaith understanding. To learn of growing interfaith awareness and encouragement in the Catholic Church, see the resources of https://www.scarboromissions.ca/interfaith-dialogue
The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
Furthering Interfaith Literacy, Fluency, and Service Partnerships
A Grant Program funded by the Interfaith Youth Core
Fifteen faculty members will be accepted into the program which begins with an introductory session “Interfaith Literacy for All UIW Employees,” shared by Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Religious Studies; Dr. Lopita Nath, History; Dr. Susan Hall, Center for Teaching and Learning.
If you were not able to attend, please see the content here.
The Introductory Session for All Employees: In a religiously diverse community, faculty may need to interpret the university policy on “Class Absences for Religious Observances.” Those working in student services may find it helpful to understand how religious practices influence students’ experience of the dining room or residence hall. Personally and professionally, our lives can be enriched by an introduction to the main faith traditions of our students. Participants will learn about important holidays in these traditions. Faculty will be invited to consider participating in a year-long initiative called “Interfaith Literacy, Fluency and Service” Learn from the UIW Interfaith website, http://www.uiw.edu/eccl/interfaithiteracyandservice/
Faculty who wish to be part of the “interfaith fluency cohort” will then have opportunities 1) to attend support gatherings in November and January, 2) to get regular information on interfaith programming on and off campus for them and their students and information on service opportunities, 3) to get mentoring.
An “Interfaith Fluency and Service” gathering open to the public will be held in April with 1) the faculty cohort sharing examples of what was done and learned and 2) the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership sharing information on community partners who have helped us built interfaith bridges.
$150 stipend (plus 22% fringe benefits) for 15 faculty who participate in the fall and spring "Interfaith Literacy, Fluency and Service” cohort. To register, please write Sr. Martha Ann Kirk
Dr. Lopita Nath and Sister Martha Ann Kirk joined presidents and their representatives from about 250 universities on August 3, 2011, at the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building to open a year of activities in response to President Obama's Interfaith Service Challenge. UIW was recognized for service to refugees and has continued that.
We are grateful to the Interfaith Youth Core for a Campus Interfaith Innovation Grant.
Class Absences for Religious Observances Policy, Main Campus and Extended Academic Programs
Effective Date: Summer 2016 Approved by Provost: February 8, 2016
The University of the Incarnate Word welcomes persons of diverse backgrounds and is therefore committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students wanting to attend religious observances even though they may conflict with university class meetings, assignments, or examinations. This policy is intended to ensure that both faculty and students are fully aware of their rights and responsibilities in the accommodation of students' religious observances.
1. Notification of Faculty Students must inform instructors in writing at least two weeks before the religious holy days or religious activities, but preferably at the beginning of the semester, to enable planning and coordination of class assignments and examinations. In some professional schools the Dean’s approval will also be required.
2. Making up missed work
a. With instructor permission, make-up exams and assignments will be scheduled to be completed before the religious observance if possible or within a reasonable and specified time after the observance;
b. Make-up work must be equivalent to and no more difficult than the original assignments;
c. It is not appropriate to excuse a student from make-up work and consequently reduce the student’s grade;
d. Students are not required to prove attendance at religious observances in order to complete make-up work and complete a course;
e. Because of time limitations at the end of the semester, this policy does not apply to the final exam period; student do have the option of requesting an incomplete grade (IP) for the course if the religious observance occurs at the end of the semester.
3. Disputes and Appeals Should disagreements arise over any aspect of this policy, the student or instructor should contact Office of the Dean of the College or School that has oversight over the respective course. The procedures for the Student Complaint Policy are found in the UIW Student Handbook & Student Code of Conduct.
4. Communication of Policy
a. The policy and procedure above are to be printed in the UIW Student Handbook & Student Code of Conduct.
a) International Student & Scholar Services will include the policy in the International Student Handbook and Welcome Week literature. 59 b) The policy will be included in the Faculty Handbook (Chapter 7 Policies and Procedures on Instruction). c) The policy as stated above will be included in the Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins under “Attendance”. d) Faculty will include the following statement in the course syllabus and announce the procedure the first day of class.
Class Absences for Religious Observances
The University of the Incarnate Word welcomes persons of diverse backgrounds and is therefore committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students wanting to attend religious observances and who will miss class. Students must inform instructors at least two weeks prior to attending a religious observance. Students use the form found in the UIW Student Handbook & Student Code of Conduct to request accommodations from the instructor.
See page 55 of the Student Handbook for the form for class absences for religious observances.