As a Religion major in a small liberal arts college, I studied for a semester in Israel and the West Bank. Through that experience, I began to recognize the massive diversity of people who organize around religion throughout the world. When I returned home from the semester, I experienced a crisis of religious identity that no religion course in which I enrolled could address. I understood similarities and differences between many religions, a comparative religion approach to understanding faith traditions, but I needed opportunities to reflect and act on how I was to integrate my own religious identity as a future leader within the religiously diverse communities I would be called to serve; what I needed was the vocabulary of religious pluralism. Therefore, I am sensitive to fostering religious literacy and engagement with a sense of civic and global responsibility for the students on campus.
Accompanying students on interfaith excursions, Yogaville pictured here: