University of Evansville

Religious Life

UE is a fully-accredited, private, liberal arts and sciences based university affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

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Internfaith

Interfaith Dialog

To build bridges of trust and reconciliation by inviting and encouraging people of all faiths to come together for prayer.

Global and Interfaith

As a church-related institution, affiliated with The United Methodist Church, we affirm our call to initiate and promote better relationships between Christians and other faiths of the world based on informed understanding, critical appreciation, and balanced perspective of one another's basic beliefs.

At the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the United Methodist Council of Bishops reaffirmed our inclusive position by encouraging all of us "to renew our commitment to the ministry of reconciliation, and to be witnesses of God's love and grace for and in the whole world…to build bridges of trust and reconciliation by inviting and encouraging people of all faiths to come together for prayer…to work for personal and social holiness…especially to do no harm and to do good…to restore a sense of hope for the future by praying for and working for the healing of broken relationships…to seek to bind up the wounds and renew efforts to work for peace with justice."

The University of Evansville is committed to religious diversity and interfaith dialogue as we continue to serve an interconnected, global society understanding that the world is as close as our own backyard.

University of Evansville’s Department of Religious Life is continuing its efforts in interfaith initiatives because such conversations enhance the educational experience of our students and enrich our community. Religion is fused into our global society on many levels and the more we learn about the religions of the world, the better equipped we are to engage the people who live in our neighborhoods in positive ways. As authors Douglas and Rhonda Jacobsen have stated in their recent work, No Longer Invisible, religious literacy is essential in our religiously diverse world. According to the American Historical Association, religion is now the hottest topic of research, nudging out cultural history for first place (Jacobsen, No Longer Invisible).

As a church-related institution, affiliated with The United Methodist Church, we affirm our call to initiate and promote better relationships between Christians and other faiths of the world based on informed understanding, critical appreciation, and balanced perspective of one another's basic beliefs. Interfaith discussions can make religion a bridge and not a barrier toward a peaceful world.

Interfaith Worship Service: Celebrating Diversity, Giving Thanks Together

Sunday, November 4, 10:30 a.m. in Neu Chapel
All are welcome!

The Interfaith Service will focus on celebrating diversity and giving thanks. We decided to host the interfaith service during the month of November since Thanksgiving is celebrated during November. The theme of thanksgiving transcends all religious differences and encourages us to reflect on our abundance, for which we are stewards and inspires us to be generous in our giving. Evansville is fortunate to have rich diversity in our population and bringing folks together to affirm our thankfulness seems appropriate. UE students, faculty and staff will participate in the service as well as people from the Tri-State area representing the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim communities. The community is invited and encouraged to attend any and all events.

2012 Interfaith Religion Forum Series

The What is My Neighbor Doing? series will focus on specific rituals and practices unique to each world religion. What words are said during worship? What kind of music is used at corporate gatherings, if any? What kind of prayer posture is assumed? How are male and female roles defined during worship? What holidays are important?

Monday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. in Wheeler Concert Hall
“What is My Neighbor Doing? Rituals and Practices of Islam”

The “What is My Neighbor Doing” series will explore the rituals and practices of living world religions. Several members of the Islamic Society will share and demonstrate some of the most important practices in Islam. There will also be time for Q and A.

Friday, November 2, 7:00 p.m. in Neu Chapel
“What is My Neighbor Doing? Letting Go of Anger and Disruptive Emotions”

Special presentation includes a public talk with Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche. Sponsored by the Palchen Study Group of Evansville, www.palchenstudygroup.org.

2011 Interfaith Religion Forum Series

9/11 Interfaith Worship Service
Interfaith Bulletin

"Who Is My Neighbor" Panel Discussion Series

"Who Is My Neighbor: The Muslim Next Door?"
Dr. Zahid Saqib, Islamic Society of Evansville, along with Mrs. Martha Al-Hieh, Dr. Mohammad Hussain, Dr. Mohammad Bourad, Ms. Myeda Hussain

"Who Is My Neighbor: The Jew Next Door?"
Rabbi Helen Bar Yaacov, Adath B'nai Israel Temple, along with Wayne Trockman, Sonnie Cibul, Linda Ellenstein, Gaveena Day

"Who Is My Neighbor: The Buddhist Next Door?"
Mary MacGregor, Theravada Buddhism, Katlyn Sandy, UE Student, Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha, Theravada Buddhism, Alan McCoy, Palchen Study Group, Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism, Jay Ziemer, Chenrezig Study Group, Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition