Bahai News - Religious groups participate in many activities this fall
Religious groups participate in many activities this fall
BY SHAUN GALLAGHER
Student Affairs Editor
Many campus ministries are entering their busiest times of the Fall
Semester for social and religious activities.
Junior John Tanner, a ministry leader for the student group InterVarsity
Christian Fellowship, said the beginning of the year is a time for outreach,
and the group is also participating in a service project.
"It's called Operation Carelift. We pack up different items to send to
underpriveledged kids," he said.
Rabbi Eliezer Sneiderman of Chabbad, a Jewish student group, said he hosts
Wednesday night discussions at Brew Ha Ha and Friday night dinners, in
addition to special events.
This past week, he said, the Chabbad student group sponsored the "Sukkah
Mobile," a pick-up truck with a large booth mounted on its bed. The truck
drove around campus as part of a tradition for the holiday of Sukkot.
"Jewish people have a custom of sitting and eating in the booth," he said.
"Some people even sleep in there."
Another Jewish tradition during Sukkot is to shake the lulav, an ornamental
floral arrangement with symbolic significance, he said. Chabbad included
the lulav in its Sukkot festivities.
Chabbad plans to conduct several special holiday meals later in the
semester and may be organizing a group at Homecoming, Sneiderman said.
Kierney Corliss, secretary of the Baha'i Club, said her group will be
holding a small discussion group called Firesides, which talks about issues
concerning the Baha'i faith.
Though the group has not yet sponsored any organized events, she said
there will be a planning meeting in the next two weeks to discuss possible
events later in the semester.
Graham VanKeuren, the Presbyterian campus minister, said his group will
be hosting a "dinner and a movie" night every Sunday, as well as several
service projects during the semester. Small groups within the Presbyterian
Campus Ministry also hold meetings throughout the week to discuss religious
In addition, he said, his ministry is involved in events with other groups
"We meet regularly with other Christian denominational groups on campus,
like the Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodists and Lutherans, and with the
university's Religious Leaders Organization, which includes leaders from
Hillel and Chabad,"VanKeuren said.
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