Interfaith Association at Indiana University
In January of 2002, the Office of Multicultural
Affairs collaborated with campus ministries of various faith traditions to
create the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Interfaith Prayer Service. The
service, now an annual tradition at Indiana Unviersity Bloomington, is a
compilation of prayer and music from several faith traditions
because the organizers have made a deliberate decision to respect and
different religions. The intention is for those present to hear each
other's religious language, to listen to one another give expression to various
ways of experiencing the sacred.
The Interfaith Choir rehearses for the prayer service.
Rev. Don Griffin (Second Baptist Church) and
Rev. Rebecca Jimenez (Center for University Ministry)
Rev. Linda Johnson (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
prepares incense for the service
The altar featured symbols common to many faith traditions.
Rabbi Sue Shiffron (Hillel Center) and Rev. Linda Johnson
In January of 2003 the tradition continued with the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer Service. However, by this time the campus ministries involved in the first prayer service, wishing to collaborate on many more interfaith events, had formed themselves into the Indiana University Interfaith Association (IUIA). The focus of the 2003 prayer service was on peace.
Greg Weber and John Porter pose behind the altar, adorned with light.
Leah Faulk gave the Christian prayer for the service.
Manika Bhateja offered the Hindu prayer.
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