Interfaith Worship & Conversations on Religious Tolerance

Interfaith Worship: Rekindling Our Light

You are invited to participate in the upcoming interfaith worship service, “Rekindling Our Light,” to be be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (on the Corner) on Wednesday, September 22 at 5:30pm. Several religious leaders from around Grounds have been meeting over the summer months with representatives from the Women’s Center in an effort to address the tragedy and the issues surrounding the death of Yeardley Love last spring.

One thing that has come out of that conversation and collaboration is an interfaith worship service focused on the themes of light, love, hope, and healing. Worship will include prayers from various faith traditions, music, and singing, and will last about 45 minutes. There is a dinner afterwards (also at the church) and everyone is invited to stay and eat.

UVA Religious Groups Sponsor Events on Tolerance

United Ministries, an umbrella organization founded in 1968 and consisting of religiously based organizations and their leaders providing service to the University, is sponsoring two events to promote understanding between people of differing religious views. The first will be held this Thursday, September 16 at 5:30pm in Minor Hall, Room 125. Prof. Phyllis Leffler will give a brief lecture entitled: “God on Grounds: A History of Religious Life at UVA.” How has the landscape of religious life changed since Jefferson’s first Academical village? As a scholar familiar with local history, Leffler will shed light on how things have evolved.

This lays the framework for a panel discussion on Thursday, October 7 at 5:30pm in Minor Hall, Room 125. The panel will talk about how they navigate being authentically themselves as people of faith, including respectfully communicating with others, in a diverse setting like UVA. It is entitled: “Conversation, Conversion, and Coercion: Interfaith Relations at the University.” The panelists are: Fr. Stephen Alcott, Catholic Student Ministries; Saad Arrabi, Islamic Society of Central Virginia; Evan Hansen, Eunoia; Rabbi Jake Rubin, Brody Jewish Center/Hillel at UVA; The Rev. Dr. Laura Sugg, Presbyterian Campus Ministry. The UVA group Sustained Dialogue will assist those gathered in some small group conversation about balancing authenticity, respect, and diversity. For more information about United Ministries, see their web site:

Weekly Meeting Schedule
  • Sunday
    • 11:00 Morning Worship at Wesley Memorial UMC (next door)
    • 5:00 Sunday Night Worship
  • Tuesday
    • 6:00 Tuesday Night Dinner
    • 6:45 Forum — Discussion/speaker on a variety of faith topics and student life.
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