Spiritual Engagement & Outreach Initiatives
Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center
Vision: As a part of BAIC, we desire to promote the spiritual development of AHANA and multicultural students. We work to increase the awareness of spiritual diversity on campus by providing connections between multifaith groups with students seeking to further their spiritual formation.
Spirituality, Faith, and Religion… What’s the difference?
Spirituality: Broader concept that involves belief in a connection to something larger than ourselves, includes a search for meaning in life.
Faith: A Belief based on complete confidence or trust
Religion: Organized system of beliefs, views, and practices.
Here at the BAIC’s SEOI, we want to be a resource for you. Students are encouraged to connect with us in order to have conversations about spirituality, interconnectedness, faith, justice, and everything in between in a safe, relaxed environment. Reach out and have a conversation! We can’t wait to meet you.
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The Gift of Giving- Charity In Religion
Charity is a crucial building block in any society, and can go to support an endless variety of individuals, including the poor, homeless, orphans, refugees, and virtually every other marginalized population there is. Charity may be something tangible, such as food or clothes donations, monetary donations, or serving in a community. Most religions urge members to give from what they have been blessed with as a way of benefitting others as well as ourselves.
Buddhism- Education is a guide, knowledge is key. (Buddha)
Christianity- A wise man is strong, and a man of knowledge increases power. (Old Testament, Proverbs, 25:4)
Hinduism- As long as I live, so long do I learn. (Sri Ramakrishna)
Islam- Read! In the name of your Rabb (Cherisher and Substainer) who creatd man, out of a clot: Read! And your Lord is most bountiful who has taught (the use of) pen. He has taught man that which he knew not (Qur'an, 96:1-5)
Judaism- For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdowm preserves the life of who has it. (Old Testament, Ecclesiastes 7:12)