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Nov. 8: Carnegie Mellon Sponsors Spiritual Development Month


Abby Houck                       

Carnegie Mellon Sponsors Spiritual Development Month

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University's Office of Student Development has taken a new approach to encouraging spiritual exploration and growth by sponsoring campus-wide Spiritual Development Month activities throughout November. This celebration of spirituality includes a variety of lectures and panel discussions, field trips to local houses of worship, an art exhibit and a campus-wide Thanksgiving Celebration.

Jonathan Kroll, student development coordinator, said many students are exploring their personal values and searching for deeper meaning in their lives throughout their college years. Spiritual Development Month is designed to benefit individuals of any religious background or those who are still on the journey of discovering what spirituality means to them. Kroll said this type of personal development helps students to acquire leadership skills and understand a variety of faith perspectives.

A full schedule of events is available at Events taking place throughout the month include:

  • Belief Symposium: A series of speakers will discuss the power of belief and positive intention Nov. 8-11 at various campus locations. Speakers from Carnegie     Mellon, Boston University and Harvard University will present talks titled "The Believing Brain," "Science and Spirituality: Enhancing One Another, Enhancing Our  World," "Conquering Crohn's: A Journey with Joseph Lamendola" and "iB-LIEVETM Workshop."
  • Faith Field Trips: These events offer individuals a first-hand perspective of a variety of religious traditions through visits to houses of worship or community centers and meditation or worship experiences. This year's field trips explore Baha'i, Buddhist, Islamic and Jewish traditions.
  • Campus-wide Thanksgiving Celebration: Students, faculty and staff are invited to give thanks and celebrate their gratitude at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19 in Rangos Ballroom in the University Center.