Center for Faith and Vocation
- Religion Seminar Series, 2017-2018
- CFV Communities at Butler
- Interfaith Opportunities
- Religious Communities in the Indianapolis Area
- Paid Internships through the CFV
- CFV Scholars Program
- Wellness and the CFV
- CFV Staff
- Faculty/Staff Workshop
- CFV Resources
- Explore Indy Religion
- CFV Advisory Groups
- Upcoming CFV Events
- Faculty and Student Guide to Religious Holidays
CFV Student Community Leaders enjoy a dinner gathering at the home of President and Mrs. Danko
Interfaith Mission Statement
One of the key missions of Butler’s Center for Faith and Vocation is to encourage interfaith dialogue in the Butler Community.
● This is done through networking : inspiring the Butler Community to create meaningful
relationships, celebrate differences, and develop mutually beneficial communities
between people of different faiths, philosophies, spiritualities, and points of view.
● This is done through education : delving into questions of personal faith and learning
about others’ beliefs and practices.
We hope that these opportunities, provided by the CFV, will help to build stronger
communities both at Butler and in the world at-large. We hope that through a deeper
understanding of faith and its role in society, individuals will nurture lasting friendships and
will be prepared for a multi-faith, multi-cultural world for a lifelong pursuit of personal and
professional impact on the world.
All CFV interfaith programming will incorporate both networking and educational
components. Networking means connecting Butler students, CFV affiliate groups, on-campus partners (such as the Diversity Center and the Religion Department), and /or the community at-large,with each other.
Educational components means providing programs that have a clear question which expands
participants’ literacy and/or experiences with one another and includes reflection, discussion,
and an avenue for follow-up.
When planning CFV interfaith activities, there is a programming guide available to assist with
achieving these mission goals. CFV affiliates, staff, and interfaith council, as well as BU
partners are eligible to propose interfaith programming.
CFV Interfaith Council-2016-2017
Butler's CFV Interfaith Council looks to promote interfaith dialogue and inclusion within the Butler and Indianapolis community. This dialogue will occur through extensive conversations as a Council across a diverse set of spiritual, religious and philosophical backgrounds. The Council will create broader community events to promote religious appreciation.
Members of the Council must be committed to interfaith relationships, value teamwork, and aspire towards leadership on campus. The Council will function as a team and work together to engage the Butler community. Meetings will be held on a consistent basis throughout the year with a Tuesday Dinner Meeting (TDM) and council members who participate throughout the entire school year will receive a $200 dollar stipend at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.
CFV Interfaith Council and friends help "Keep Indianapolis Beautiful".
CFV Interfaith Council make art together!
Current Interfaith Opportunities
One of the primary ways the CFV creates interfaith programming is through the CFV Interfaith Intern. The interfaith intern is responsible for conceiving of and promoting interfaith events amongst the various student religious organizations at Butler.
Check out our blogs.butler.edu/cfv and read about the amazing opportunities that our students have experienced in faith-based and social justice organizations.
The CFV is in partnership and collaboration with various faith-based organizations in the Indianapolis area, which assist with developing and creating interfaith opportunities for Butler students.
Festival of Faiths
The annual Indianapolis Festival of Faiths is an initiative that began with the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. Faith communities from throughout Indiana meet at the War Memorial to celebrate their traditions and engage in conversations about faith and interfaith.
Butler Community Multifaith Events
We believe people from diverse faith background can dialogue, participate, and engage authentically. However, prayer, worship, and other spiritual practices may be challenging to do with integrity and authenticity in interfaith settings. For this reason, the CFV works to design “multifaith” services where various traditions are represented and shared into a space of diverse audiences who have the option to participate or observe as they choose. This is the approach for the Multifaith Prayer Service during Welcome Week and the Multifaith Baccalaureate Service prior to Commencement.
Multifaith Service Welcome Week
A time to welcome new and returning students, the Center for Faith and Vocation's Multifaith Service offers prayers and readings by ordained clergy and student leaders from a variety of faith traditions.
Butler University Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs
The 2016-2017 seminar on "Religion and Trans Lives in a Global Perspective" in partnership with the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Justice and Global Reconciliation.
A New View Film Series
The series will take place every other month from July 2016 through May 2017 at Butler University's Eidson-Duckwell Recital Hall (located adjacent to Robertson Hall) beginning at 6:30 PM.
The series is free and open to the public.