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Center for Faith and Vocation

Interfaith Engagement

Interfaith Goals

To encourage interfaith dialogue in the Butler community through networking and education.

  • Through networking, we hope to inspire the Butler community to create meaningful relationships and celebrate differences.
  • Through education, we hope to delve into questions of personal faith and encourage learning about other beliefs and practices.

CFV Interfaith Council—2020–2021

Applications are closed. We will be back in contact with you soon if you applied.

Applications are now open for one of twelve spots on the 2020-2021 Interfaith Council! Sponsored by the Center for Faith and Vocation, Butler’s Interfaith Council brings together students of all academic years, majors, and religious and secular backgrounds for dinner and discussion aimed at learning across difference, gaining knowledge of other faith traditions, and cooperatively leading interfaith engagement on campus. While belonging to a tight-knit community of interfaith leaders, Council participants will benefit from:

  • A deepened understanding of other religious traditions
  • Lasting friendships with a diverse group of peers
  • Resume-building experience working with people of different backgrounds
  • Leadership development
  • Free food!

Council members will meet every other week throughout the duration of the school year. The first meeting for the fall semester will be on Tuesday, September 8th from 6-7:30 PM (location TBA).  

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.

CFV Interfaith Council Art Project
CFV Interfaith Council make art together!
2018–2020 CFV Interfaith Council
2018–2019 CFV Interfaith Council
CFV Interfaith Outing
CFV Interfaith Council and friends help "Keep Indianapolis Beautiful"
2019–2020 CFV Interfaith Intern Olivia Marunde engages in discussion with fellow council member Jake Small
2018–2019 CFV Interfaith Intern Olivia Marunde (right) engages in discussion with fellow council member Jake Small
Student Leaders Dinner at the Dankos
CFV Student Community Leaders enjoy a dinner gathering at the home of President and Mrs. Danko
 

Current Interfaith Opportunities

Butler University Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs

The Butler University Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs is a program that promotes understanding of interfaith and intercultural relations through the discussion of religious issues in global perspectives.

A New View Film Series

A New View Film Series journeys outside everyday life to explore new worldviews through film screenings and discussions with the audience.

Community Participation

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.

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.