Interfaith Literacy and Service

Interfaith Events


Primary sacred times for world religions

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See a report about our previous World Interfaith Harmony Week, “TOGETHER Caring for Creation” pictured above.

A new “All Faiths Reflection Room” on the third floor of the UIW Student Engagement Center Building was named in honor of Adell Ferguson Polk, the first Black graduate of Incarnate Word College in 1956. Read a little about this fine woman  She was a woman of faith and dedication. Please help spread word of the “All Faiths Reflection Room” which has texts from some of the major faiths, prayer rugs, chairs and a quiet peaceful atmosphere.

UIW Joining Circles of Interfaith Service for “Affordable Housing, Homelessness, and Gentrification.” UIW faculty and students are invited to gather ideas for service in light of this “Religious Leadership and Civic Engagement” initiative  and soon a strategic plan for united efforts will be developed. Learn more.

Sikh Art and Film Festival, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018,  5:00 – 8:30 pm, Trinity University Laurie Auditorium. Learn more about the vibrant Sikh community and meet inspiring leaders such as  Lt. Col. Kamal Singh Kalsi. RSVP   


Recent Past Events

 World Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1-7, 2018

The University of the Incarnate Word joins communities around the world observing this special time designated by the United Nations.  More details about upcoming programs will be added to these:  

Thursday, February 1, 2018,  UIW Library Special Collections, 4:30 pm. Opening dialogue and reception

                                     Please arrive a little before the times of the services given below.                                                             Let the local hosts know that you are a visitor. 

Join Muslim friends, Friday, February 2, 1 pm, Muslim Children Education and Civic Center, 5281 Casa Bella, San Antonio, TX 78249 (UIW Alumni of Distinction Sarwat Husain invites us.)

Join Jewish friends, Friday February 2, 6:15 pm, Conregation Agudas Achim, 16550 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78248 (UIW Music faculty Dr. Orit Eylon will be cantoring.)

Learning to serve together--Saturday, February 3, 11th Annual Community Service Learning (CSL) Conference, “Health Where We Live: The Role of the Neighborhood,” Health care as a collaborative effort.  Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, Vice Chairman of Medicine for Population Health and Director of the Arnhold Institute for the Mount Sinai Healthcare System, will share wisdom gleaned from his global and domestic experiences in community health discussed in his recent book Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America’s Healthcare Promise. The conference is free, but register by Register online by January 27

Join Hindu friends, Sunday morning, February 4, 10:00 AM, Hindu Temple 18518 Bandera Road,  Helotes, TX 78023   

Join Buddhist friends, Sunday morning, February 4, 10:30AM ceremony and 12noon lunch,                                        Wat Dhammabucha,  6201 Sawyer Road, San Antonio, TX 78238, Phone (210) 520-5011                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Join Christian friends, Monday, February 5, 12 noon for Catholic Eucharist, Our Lady’s Chapel, UIW Administration Building

Join Buddhist friends, Tuesday, February 6, 7 pm for meditation instruction                                                                The Shambhala Meditation Center, 257 E. Hildebrand  San Antonio, TX 78212                                    

 UIW Closing of World Interfaith Harmony Week, Wednesday, February 7

The UIW 2018 World Interfaith Harmoney events were listed at  

 Asian New Year 2018, Feruary 12, 11:30AM-1:30PM, The University of the Incarnate Word Student Engagement Center Ballroom. Free wonderful performances and great cultural experience! Learn of Asian religious traditions. If you are interested in the city celebration.

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 Read About and see Pictures of Past Events  in 2017

Interfaith Literacy for All UIW Employees, Sept. 15, Friday, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Admin 365 or attend by ZOOM. Repeated Sept. 20, 12 noon to 1 pm, Library Special Collections. 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) If you would like, to see up close the two PowerPoints which were shown in that film, links can be found at

 Interfaith Accommodations on College Campuses The Interfaith Youth Core three-part webinar Interfaith Accommodations on College Campuses. The series will explore what it takes to create welcoming spaces for growing worldview diversity. We’ll cover:

· Common interfaith policies and accommodations

· Assessment options for determining need

· Campus-specific steps for implementation

Facilities, Policies, Meal Plans, Oh My: Determining Your Campus Accommodation Needs (October 10, 2017, Gorman Building 120, 12 noon - 1pm)

So, Here’s the Plan: Taking Steps to Establish Interfaith Accommodations (November 7, 2017, Gorman Building 120, 12 noon – 1 pm)

The Difference it Makes: Communicating Positive Impact of Interfaith Accommodations (November 28th, Gorman Building 120, 12 noon – 1 pm)

 Mystical Arts of Tibet, Sunday, October 1, 2017, 1 pm. Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery visit the Institute of Texan Cultures for a four-day residency to construct a magnificent Green Tara Buddhist mandala sand painting and lead rituals closing at the San Antonio River.  Join Sister Martha Ann Kirk and Incarnate Word friends

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 Interfaith Understanding and Support presented by Dr. Lopita Nath and Sister Martha Ann Kirk for International Student Ambassadors, Friday, Oct. 13, 6 pm. Sponsored by the International Student and Scholar Services

Ambassedors UIW Interfaith Conference sponsored by UIW Mission and Ministry, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, Tynman Hall, Oblate School of Theology. Contact Rev Trevor Alexander and Brenda Dimas,  P#: 210-829-3128.

The first panel was shared by UIW students, Norah Al-Ladhal, a Nursing student from Saudi Arabia, David Rodriguez, Business Management student, Deju Keys, a Criminal Justice student, and Zane Alsareinye, a Psychology student who is president of the UIW Interfaith Student organization. Click here to read more including "Building on the Dream: Becoming the Beloved Community" shared by Dr. Raymond Blanton.   

Peace Day, Peace Day, Oct. 25, 12 noon  - 1:15 pm, UIW Student Engagement Center 2030-2,  Nazi Racial Policy, 1933-1945: From Persecution to Extermination  by Dr. Roger Barnes, UIW Professor of Sociology, will examine Nazi policies on Jews and other "undesirables" before and during WW II.  He will explore how stereotyping, stigmatization, and hate fueled the Holocaust.  Finally the audience will be invited to explore how some of these forces are manifest in today's society. Contact:    

Peace Day, Oct. 25, 3:00 – 4:15 pm, UIW SEC 2030-2,  Would you have tried to stop the Jewish Holocaust? What are you doing in the face of Rohingya Crisis now? An outbreak of violence against a Muslim group called Rohingyas in Burma (Myanmar) started in 2012. Many have been killed or displaced and this has led to more than 500,000 terrified Rohingya refugees fleeing and going to Bangladesh. Dr. Lopita Nath, Assistant Professor of History, will lead a panel considering this crisis and the call to respond. Contact:  

rohingha Peace Day, Oct. 25, 6:30 pm, Raindrop Turkish House, Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing Presentation led by murder victim family members that conducts public education speaking tours and addresses alternatives to the death penalty. Learn from our Turkish hosts about the respect for life in Islam. Raindrop Turkish House 4337 Vance Jackson. Ste. 203. San Antonio 78230. Behind the car wash. RSVP for supper phone 210-337-1114 Contact: Mehmet Oguz (713) 277-5044 

The UIW Saudi Student Club invites all to the Saudi National Day celebration with live traditional music, a Heritage fashion show, a documentary film about the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, photographs, and traditional food. Learn of the center of Islam in Mecca. Monday, October 30th, 2017, 6 p.m. to 10 pm. UIW Rosenberg Skyroom at UIW. Contact 210-400-0755.  Email: 

Celebrate the South Asian holiday of Diwali: Festival of Lights at UIW!  Nov. 1, 5 pm Photobooth and Henna, 6 pm Dinner, Puja and Performances, Rosenberg Skyroom, International Conference Center, Hildebrand at 281. Featuring South Asian cuisine, dance and musical performances and festivities! Cohosted by International Affairs, Campus Engagement. Special thanks to Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani and Dr. Lopita Nath. UIW students free, but must bring UIW ID. General Admission: $5 (cash only) For Presale tickets at the Student Engagement Center Welcome Desk or at the door.