The Interfaith Student Council has partnered with Orange County Interfaith Network (OCIN) to hold a community forum. The forum is titled, “Intersectionality: How the ‘I’ Treats the ‘Other’,” and will explore fear, understanding, and perception. This is the second time the students have partnered with OCIN, and last year, members of the community called it one of the best programs on interfaith they have had.
Jen Ruby, Wallace All Faiths Chapel coordinator, notes, “Chapman University is a unique institution because it is one of the only campuses across the US with a space built specifically as an Interfaith Center. Additionally, our campus interfaith programming is nationally recognized by other universities. This forum highlights the interfaith work that our students do.”
Bryleigh Blaise, current Chapman junior and president of the Newman Catholic Fellowship, describes the value and impact of the partnership with OCIN and interfaith dialogue, “The OCIN Community Forums allows for students and community members to explore the vast world of religious and spiritual traditions and the impact they have on individuals’ lives. If we all took the time to learn about the lives of people around us and become united through knowledge, we break down the barriers of misunderstanding and we wipe away the concept of the ‘other’.”
Mike Penn, president of OCIN, and Gail Stearns, dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel and associate professor of religious studies, will open the forum with a welcome. The forum will continue with a panel discussion featuring Chapman students of different faith backgrounds, with a panel introduction by graduate assistant in religious and spiritual organizations Victoria Gomez.
The forum is on Thursday, April 11, from 6:30–8:30 p.m., in the Fish Interfaith Center, Wallace All Faiths Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.