Garden Fosters Dialogue

Southwestern is joining other universities across the nation in response to President Obama’s challenge to develop and enhance interfaith service.

The goal is to increase society’s understanding and respect for various religious or political ideologies.

Sophomore Sarah Puffer and fellow students spend time in the Community Garden.

To foster interfaith service on campus, SU has started the Interfaith Campus Challenge. The purpose is to bring different groups together in a service project that will foster interfaith understanding, relationships, and cooperation.

In response to the challenge, the Southwestern Community Garden has invited all SU organizations to attend planned discussions and meals.

The first workshop topic will be “What Seeds Do You Plant?” will be on Friday, Oct. 21 from 3-5 p.m.. Participants will discuss values and contributing factors to personal growth. Dinner will be immediately after the workshop.

The workshop “Giving Thanks” will occur on Sat, Nov. 12 from 3-5 p.m. and will be a pot luck Thanksgiving dinner. All students and student organizations are invited to attend.

In addition to these events, there is a Steering Committee which plans the workshops and finds ways to incorporate an interfaith perspective on campus. Any students who would like to participate on the Steering Committee should contact Reverend Beverly Jones.