About 20 Xavier students are heading to Fountain Square on Friday, April 11, to offer free hugs to passersby between 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. This event is a part of Golden Rule Week, an annual weeklong celebration at Xavier hosted by the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement. The purpose of Golden Rule Week is to demonstrate the commonality of the “Golden Rule”—“do unto others as you would have them do unto you”—among different faith traditions. Each faith tradition has a similar saying.
The students are not raising money, protesting anything or avoiding exams, says Rabbi Abie Ingber, the Center's director. They are just giving hugs.
The students are holding up "Free Hugs" signs in English, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, French, Italian and German.