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
Phone: (210) 883-5934
We are grateful to the Interfaith Youth Core for this "Interfaith Innovation Grant."
The Interfaith Youth Core proclaims, “We live at a time when people of different faith backgrounds are interacting with greater frequency than ever before. We hear the stories of people who seek to make faith a barrier of division or a bomb of destruction all too often. Instead, we view religious and philosophical traditions as bridges of cooperation. Our interfaith movement builds religious pluralism. We define religious pluralism as a world characterized by: Respect for people's diverse religious and non-religious identities, Mutually inspiring relationships between people of different backgrounds, and Common action for the common good.” From https://www.ifyc.org/about
The Interfaith Youth Core has awarded UIW an “Interfaith Innovation Grant” starting in August, 2017, and is funding efforts to promote education, understanding, and service. UIW joins the IYC which believes that “college students, supported by their campuses, can be the interfaith leaders needed to make religion a bridge and not a barrier.”
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 uiw.edu/numbers/index.html
See http://www.uiw.edu/eccl/interfaithiteracyandservice/ for links to information on various religious traditions.
The Charter for Compassion has wisdom from the heart of the world’s great religions and philosophies https://charterforcompassion.org/charter/charter-for-compassion-in-translation. With many people working together the movement grew in San Antonio http://sacompassion.net/. The San Antonio City Council passed the Compassionate City Resolution unanimously June 22, 2017. Let us all help San Antonio grow as a Compassionate City.
UIW was “born in civic engagement.” In the 1860’s the San Antonio mayor asked for help because there was no public health care. Then three young French women, the first Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio, Texas, responded and founded the first hospital in our city. The university is rooted in this history of compassionate care for the sick, the orphans, and the uneducated. We continue developing innovative and compassionate service in light of today's pressing needs. Interfaith literacy is a pressing need.
We encourage you to do service uniting with people of different faiths and serving people of different faiths. Learn of various community partners who seek service http://www.uiw.edu/eccl/communitypartnerships/local-partners.html. We encourage reflection on the service and teachers developing service learning in their classes. Learn more http://www.uiw.edu/eccl/Faculty-Resources/
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 http://pluralism.org/ has extensive resources for learning about the great variety of religious traditions in the USA.
The Interfaith Youth Core offers ways that students can become leaders in the interfaith movement and campuses can be models for society. See https://www.ifyc.org/ and learn more of the interfaith story.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.