Being an interfaith leader doesn’t mean you need to know everything about every tradition, but you do need to be mindful of certain considerations when planning an inclusive event. The interfaith movement intentionally represents and brings together diverse students across many different religious and ethical identities. By creating a safe and welcoming space for all worldviews you both showcase the value of these identities and empower yourself and your fellow students to make interfaith cooperation a reality on your campus.
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when organizing your event:
Calendar & Holidays
Classes…athletic events…concerts…extracurricular activities…naptime—all of these are important times for the typical college student. When planning an interfaith event, the timing is similarly important. Looking at the big picture, avoid scheduling events that conflict with religious holidays for students such as Rosh Hashanah, Easter, or Diwali. On a weekly basis, be aware of scheduling conflicts that might leave some students out, and make sure you ask the relevant student organizations on your campus for times that don’t work well for their groups. Events on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday should pay particular attention to time of day so your event doesn’t conflict with a religious service. Here is a handy interfaith calendar to refer to in your planning.