The Interfaith Student Alliance hosted their first public event in the Student Lounge last Thursday. Sarah Lapp, president of Interfaith, thought to bring speed dating and religion together and call it “speed faithing.”
Several groups of student participants like, Muslim Student Association members and Interfaith members, engaged in a musical chairs-esque religion talk. “Get rid of the mindset of whether you are with us or against us,” Lapp said, in hopes of creating a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere like the Interfaith Youth Core (established in Chicago by COD Alum Eboo Patel) embodies.
During the event, students were answering questions like, “When someone says the word ‘God,’ what do you think of?” Or, “Do your beliefs affect your morality?” Lapp organized the event to display each question on a projector for the whole room to view, and every five minutes, students would switch discussion partners.
“[As a new club] I want to get the routine down and hope to run [a speed faithing event] one or two times per semester,” said Lapp. She noted that diversity is what drives the Interfaith movement. “I want to broaden people’s horizons and show that it is possible and rewarding to converse with students of different religions and beliefs.”
Interfaith advisors, Professor of Philosophy and World Religions, Les Wolf, and Humanities Professor, Josh Price, spoke highly of Lapp’s presidency for Interfaith, and how she looks up to IFYC founder, Eboo Patel. “The Interfaith Youth Core advocates the idea of working together,” said Price. “That is what Sarah is doing with our Interfaith Club on campus.”
Roshan Rahimi, a 19-year-old English major, likes to think of Interfaith as a bridge between religions, “It’s a great way for faiths to come together and ask the questions that always have a stigma tied to them. [Interfaith has] such a welcoming and supportive environment.”
Interfaith will be hosting “Interfaith Jeopardy” on May 8 in SSC 1225.
The club has weekly meetings on Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in SSC 1225.
Contact Sarah Lapp from more information at email@example.com or Lapps@cod.edu.