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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SEOI Theme of the Month
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- There are four bases of sympathy: charity, kind speech, doing a good turn, and treating all alike. (Buddha)
Christianity- In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
( Bible, Acts 20:35)
Hinduism- “ Charity is one among the most sublime virtues a human being can be blessed with.”
( Mahabharata,Bhagavadgita, XVI 1)
Islam- “Those who spend their wealth (in charity) by night and day, secretly and openly, then their reward is with their Lord, and they will neither fear nor grieve.” ( Quran, Al Baqarah, 274)
Judaism- “If, however, there is a needy person among you…do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your needy kinsman. Rather you must open your hand and lend him sufficient for whatever he needs.” (Torah, Devarim 15:7-8)