Golden Rule Week

April 17, 2009

Next week, April 20-24, Xavier University’s Offices of Interfaith Community Engagement and Peace & Justice will co-sponsor “Golden Rule Week.” The event will kick-off at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 20, when students will begin to place a total of 60 yard signs around campus. Every 6th sign will have the golden rule, as presented from 1 of 10 different faith traditions. 


The purpose of Golden Rule Week is to demonstrate the commonality of the “Golden Rule” for different faith traditions. The program is a collaborative event brought to XU’s campus by The Office of Interfaith Community Engagement & Peace and Justice. In honor of Golden Rule Week, the offices are distributing free “golden” rulers. The first 100 people (students, faculty, and staff) who come to the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement (Gallagher Student Center room 340) will receive a complimentary ruler. Our hope is that the response to the program will allow Golden Rule Week to become an annual event.


Some examples of the shared message of the golden rule:

Christianity: Luke 6:31 “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Judaism: Talmud Shabbat 31a “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man.”

Islam: An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith, 13 “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.”


Golden Rule Week was inspired by the 2005 exhibit, A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People. Rabbi Abie Ingber (Founding Director of Xavier’s office of Interfaith Community Engagement), Dr. James Buchanan (director of the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue), and Dr. Bill Madges (formerly chair of Xavier’s theology department and now dean at St. Joseph University) created the award-winning exhibit which is still touring the country. Final images of the exhibit were of Pope John Paul II visiting people around the world, and the text of the Golden Rule from different faith traditions.