Engaging Difference

Build Relationships, Increase Knowledge and Work towards the Common Good

Pluralism is an active engagement of diversity that benefits the common good. In a increasingly religiously diverse country, our Jesuit, Catholic tradition calls us to be people of encounter who learn from new relationships, understand our own worldview and identities, and work to make the world a more just place through that engagement.

 Looking for formation within a faith tradition? All our communities are housed together in the Center for Faith and Justice. Learn more about Catholic Campus Ministry here and find out more about our many faith traditions here.

Interfaith Events

Join us for Dine Better Together and wrestle with big questions in conversation with students of other faiths over dinner. Or, cross town with us to for a field trip to one of Cincinnati's amazing institutions or communities, like the Center for Holocaust and Humanity. Or connect with a local interfaith event in our vibrant city. Rabbi Jennifer Lewis, our Interfaith Program Director, can help you start engaging worldviews beyond your own with intention.

Email Rabbi Jennifer Lewis to Get Involved
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Interfaith Leadership

Deepen your journey by becoming a leader. Learn how to encourage others to engage difference, gain skills for facilitating dialogue and build your knowledge of other traditions. Applications are taken each spring for the following year's cohort of leaders.

Email Rabbi Jennifer Lewis to Get Involved
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Faith & Race Programming

Faith and Race programs are communal spaces where you can think deeply about how faith traditions inform racial justice work in the world and discern how you enter that work. Our programs celebrate the faith traditions of African Americans and BIPOC students, collaborate across campus to offer events that support and enrich the XU community on matters of race, and provide leadership opportunities through the Fred Shuttlesworth Leadership Team (FSLT). FSLT hosts events all year long, included our new retreat, Rooted, in October. 

Email Abby to connect with FSLT
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Xavier's Interfaith Leadership Institute

This year, we are beginning a new experience that will be one part immersion, one part retreat and one part leadership development. Our launch in the fall will be with sophomores, so that first-years are invited to spend the first week of summer immersed in Cincinnati's amazing and diverse religious communities while learning skills for engaging difference as a leader. Understand your own tradition and deepen your roots while exploring and engaging difference.

Email Tala Ali for More Information
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Multifaith Calendar

Did you know that Xavier's own Jesuit Resource has an amazing library of religious holidays and observances in a variety of traditions? Check it out to be sure your planning doesn't intersect with a holiday or just to explore faith traditions.

Multifaith Calendar
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Interfaith Chapel in Husman

The Interfaith Prayer Chapel is located on the first floor of Husman Hall. Enter the first set of doors that face Kuhlman (no swipe required) and the door is on your left. The space is equipped with an ablution fountain and prayer rugs (check the cabinet) so that students and small groups can pray. If you are closer to the CFJ, you are welcome to come to our office on the third floor of Gallagher to see if the Reflection Room is available for prayer.