8 Ways Non-Catholic Students Practice Faith at Xavier
Nov 1, 2018
1. The Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice challenges and supports students as they deepen their spiritual lives, pursue justice and promote pluralism. The center offers retreats, small faith communities and worship opportunities for students of all faith traditions. In line with the Ignatian value of cura personalis, or care of the whole person, the center is committed to helping each and every student strengthen their spiritual life. Programs include ecumenical ministry services, multi-faith led prayer services, bilingual mass services, community service days and alternative break opportunities.
2. Friday Shabbat Services, in partnership with Xavier Dining Services, is held in the Hoff Dining Commons on the Friday before finals week. All are welcome to attend. Dinner is free and meal swipes are provided for those without a meal plan.
3. The Spiritual Gathering Space is an interfaith prayer chapel located on the first floor of Husman Hall, equipped with an ablution fountain and prayer rugs (check the cabinet). More than 20 faith traditions are represented at Xavier, including most Christian denominations as well as those from Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Shinto faiths.
4. Dine Better Together is a series of interfaith dinners between different groups on campus that occur once or twice a semester. It's a chance to have constructive, interesting and inspiring conversations across religious and cultural identities. Plus, it's good, free food! (veggie and halal friendly) Expect a short icebreaker and some directed conversation around your traditions.
5. Companion Groups are weekly faith-sharing groups that provide students with the opportunities to reflect on their lives, grow in faith and build community. Groups are held once a week, and you will be paired with a group depending on your faith tradition, experience, and preferences.
6. Common Ground is an ecuminical ministry on campus where students from a wide variety of Christian backgrounds can come together to worship and pray. The group deliberately engages the differences in traditions of theology and worship to draw nearer to God collectively. Held at 8:00 p.m. Sundays in the GSC Clock Tower Lounge.
7. Salat al-Jummat - Weekly Islamic Friday Prayer Men and women are encouraged to come to the Interfaith Chapel at 2:00 p.m. every Friday for this diverse Muslim prayer group. Muslims on Xavier's campus come from not just around the region but around the world. This is the place to set differences aside and pray.
8. Spiritual Companionship is an opportunity for a student to intentionally reflect upon and listen to her/his life experiences in the presence of a trusted companion. Students are encouraged to meet with a companion once every two to three weeks for 45-50 minutes. The opportunity to openly and honestly speak about one's faith journey and life experiences in the presence of another often allows for the emergence of new insight and clarity.