InterFaith Alliance Petitions for Common Prayer Space
They are collecting signatures online and on Main Street. Look for them again on Friday, October 25th, from 11am - 2pm. Please note this petition is only open to Merrimack students, faculty, staff and administration.
Here is their advocacy statement for a Common Prayer Space on campus:
“Over the years, Merrimack College has become a very diverse institution. We see students from all cultures, religions and backgrounds sitting with us either in a class or at a table next to us in the cafeteria. To appreciate this diversity among students, we want them to have a Common Prayer Space, where they can pray, meditate or just sit quietly.
This prayer space is not intended for Muslims, Christians or Jews only but rather is for EVERYONE, no matter what religion they belong to. As St. Augustine once said, ‘Every human being is neighbor to every other human being’ (Sermon 299D.1). Thus, this petition is to support finding a common prayer space on campus.”
Click here to access the online petition.
The Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations will be hosting “Feast of Faiths,” its third annual dialogue dinner facilitated by students, on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. This dinner will be located in the Rogers Center for the Arts from 5:00-7:00pm, and is based around a discussion celebrating differences in faith and finding common ground within each other.
Lessons of Faith: Alumna’s Bequest to Strengthen Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at MerrimackEileen Jennings ’64, admits that she spent most of her life largely unaware of the specific teachings of the Muslim religion, and its many similarities with Christianity. But that changed dramatically in 2007, when she met an Afghan man named Israr who has since brought religious tolerance, sustaining friendship, and a new calling into Jennings’ life. Today, through the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations Jennings has reached out to share those gifts with the Merrimack community.