Carnegie Mellon University

Unity of Faiths

11-19-2009

Students Discuss, Explore Beliefs

Unity of FaithsTwelve student organizations gathered in the University Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18 for "Unity of Faiths: We Believe." Participants representing a variety of faiths and secular organizations created and discussed posters explaining their groups' core values and how they, as individuals, find meaning in their lives. Sudeep Yagnashankaran, a College of Engineering graduate student, planned and facilitated the event with the assistance of College of Humanities and Social Sciences students Naomi Shah and Archit Kumar.
 
The event is part of the third annual Spiritual Development Month organized by Lucas Christian, coordinator of student development, and Jenna Peterson, graduate coordinator for housing and dining services. This November, students have participated in discussions regarding spirituality and meaning making as it relates to topics such as art, community service and sexual orientation. They also had the opportunity to attend "faith field trips" to explore traditions of Baha'i, Islamic, Jewish and Pagan faiths.
 
The monthlong celebration will conclude Monday, Nov. 23 with a Thanksgiving Dinner. Last year, more than 600 students attended the event to enjoy traditional holiday fare while discussing what they valued most with their peers.

Pictured above are Archit Kumar, Swetha Reddy, Aneesh Devi and Naomi Shah.

Abby Houck