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Suolk’s interfaith center,an oce of the Division ofStudent Aairs, provides re-ligious events and resourcesfor all students, faculty andsta of all religions. An inter-faith room and a meditationroom unite University Chap-lain Reverend Amy L. Fisherwith the Suolk community.“I would like to say myvision of what it means to be a university chaplain iswhat facilitated the oce asan interfaith center,” saidFisher, who has served as theuniversity’s chaplain sincethe interfaith center came toSuolk in 1999. “My visionwas to create a center whereall religions could commu-nicate, not just one or two.”She also works with hertwo interns, Moira Pulit-zer-Kennedy, a student atHarvard Divinity School,and Kathryn Henderson, astudent at Andover New-ton Theological School.“We start new religiousclubs as frequently as we areinvited to create them,” saidFisher. “This is the interfaithcenter for the entire univer-sity—law school, arts and sci-ences, business school, gradand undergrad students.”Existing groups, whether based through the Student
Interfaith center unites Suffolk community
Yesterday's stainability and religion panel
Photo courtesy of Amy L. Fisher
Leadership & Involvement(SLI) oce or the interfaithcenter, include Eastern Tradi-tions and the Muslim, RomanCatholic and Jewish commu-nities. The Jewish communityis sponsored by Suolk Hillel,directed by Ailene Gerhardt.“We try and have avariety of events open tomembers of all faiths,” saidPulitzer-Kennedy. “We edu-cate; it isn’t all a worshipservice. People learn andhave a new experience. Ev-erything is totally inclusive.”“The structure of eventsis two-fold,” she explained.“One fold includes weeklyevents—Qur’an study, Torahstudy, Christian Bible study,Breathe, and meditation.”Breathe consists of spiri-tual readings for contem-plation and meditationsare done through spiri-tual readings as well as themore traditional Buddhistformat led by an expert.Overlapping the weeklyevents are interfaith paneldiscussions held on Tues-days, which focus on religionand faith in addition to aweekly topic. Past topics haveincluded LGBTQ and envi-ronmental issues. Students,sta, faculty, and a varietyof faiths are represented, ac-cording to Pulitzer-Kennedy.A remaining panel of thesemester regards civility andthe use of modern media.“The civility panel will beabout how civility and useof modern media and socialnetwork sites brings peopleof dierent faiths together to build dierent boundariesand diversity,” said Pulitzer-Kennedy. “Civility is some-thing you can talk about in thecontext of religious beliefs.”Next Tuesday will host apre-Passover chocolate sed-er, a model liturgy that has been created for universi-ties to use as an educationaltool to teach about the sederritual in an informal context.Both Fisher and Pulitzer-Kennedy agreed the par-ties, most specically theHanukkah party, aract themost students. “The par-ties get people together forsocialization and educa-tion,” said Pulitzer-Kennedy.“Kathryn even did a beadingworkshop, which was veryhands-on for the students.”“You don’t need tocome to an event or pan-el, this can be just a placeto sit and think,” she said.“Students come withuniversal questions want-ing to hear other perspec-tives outside their own,”said Fisher. “This is a timein their adult lives to trulymix and mingle with oth-ers outside their traditions.Fisher serves as a coun-selor, spiritual guide, educa-tional advocate, and ethicalvoice and will speak withanyone about things likespirituality, religion and ra-cial issues to ethics and mo-rality. She is available dailyfrom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by ap-pointment in Donahue 540.“This past week, Mirem- be worked with the SuolkDemocrats to hold eventscentered around raisingawareness about global pov-erty and homelessness,” shesaid. “We had a great turn-out. Both Mirembe mem- bers and Dems came out, aswell as people from the Suf-folk University campus andthe greater Boston area.”The events included acanned food drive, a virtualfoodbank to benet the Great-er Boston Food Bank, show-ings of the documentary
OneDay at a Time
and the movie
The Pursuit of Happyness,
andtwo guest speakers ProfessorChun spoke to address thefood crisis in North Korea.“We are condent weraised a fair amount of mon-ey to donate to the GreaterBoston Food Bank throughthe canned food drive, thevirtual food drive, and do-nations,” she said. Davis be-lieves students le inspired tomake a change in the world.Mirembe On My Mindreceives its funding througha budget and initiatives fromSGA. The group has also beenworking with a public rela-tions class this semester tohelp raise awareness about theorganization and its events.“Mirembe works to buildrelationships with studentsof Suolk,” said Davis. “Andworking with the PR classhas been a great opportunity.We really try to work withanother club or organizationon campus for each event.”The students in the PRclass have helped the orga-nization put together post-ers and advertisements forthe events to increase stu-dent understanding of thecauses that Mirembe takes on.“Mirembe feels it’s impor-tant to promote around cam-pus and make people awareof how many homeless peoplethere are, within our Suolkcommunity and along Bos-ton too,” said Alexis Eliopou-lus, one of the PR students.The organization is plan-ning a few more events beforethe close of the semester, in-cluding an event centered onthe emerging right to accesssafe and aordable drinkingwater for health and well- being, as well as equitablesharing of water resources.Weekly meet-ings are held on Tuesdaysat 1 p.m. in Sawyer 133.
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Organization promotes human rights, justice, and peace
In a recent email to theentire university, Suolk’ssearch for a replacementpresident has moved forward by selecting a Search Consul-tant company to aid in theSearch Commiee’s eorts.“Given the important roleSearch Consultants play insuch a selection process, ourCommiee considered veand interviewed four consul-tants,” stated the email fromTrustee and Search Commit-tee Chair Dennis M. Duggan, Jr. “We unanimously choseGreenwood/Asher & Associ-ates, a woman-owned inter-national search rm with 30consultants and aliates.”The women heading thecompany, Dr. Jan Greenwoodand Dr. Bey Asher, were stat-ed in the email to have both been university presidentsin the past. Their team hasalso been stated to have com-pleted over 1,000 searches.“With Greenwood/Ash-er’s assistance and guidancewe are planning the searchprocess,” the email went on tosay. “We will be placing an ad-vertisement in the Chronicleof Higher Education and oth-er publications and are devel-oping a position descriptionfor use in candidate solicita-tion, review and interviews.”In eorts of nding ex-President Sargent’s replace-ment, there will be “townmeeting” type forums for uni-versity constituents to com-municate challenges, changesto be made, success opportu-nities, etc. This is to enableparticipation from anyonewishing to be involved andvoice thoughts or concerns.A website is currently be-ing created to track SearchCommiee progress. “In themeantime,” stated the email,“Search Commiee Mem- bers welcome your input."
Presidential search update