Friday event to celebrate religious diversity

This Friday, Nov. 9, the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge at CWRU will sponsor “Religions of the World:  Celebrating our Religious Diversity at CWRU.” Planned in collaboration with the Interreligious Council and the Department of Religious Studies, the program will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Thwing Center atrium and will feature information, entertainment and lunch.

Student organizations will host tables representing various Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Jewish faith traditions, as well as Unitarian-Universalism and atheism/agnosticism. The Department of Religious Studies and Interreligious Council members also will be present.

The entertainment will include the student gospel choir, Voices of Glory, Klezmer music (a tradition of Eastern European Jews) and traditional Indian violin, played by sophomore Aditya Rengaswamy.

A brief Muslim prayer service in the Bellflower Lounge, located upstairs next to the atrium, will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be open to the public.

The Community Hour event is open to the entire campus. Chili and a baked potato bar will be available at no cost.

The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, sponsored by the White House, encourages diverse campus groups to work together on service projects and to engage in dialogue that prompts education, respect and tolerance. This is the second year that Case Western Reserve University has participated in this national initiative.