Spiritual Seekers: An Interfaith Program
As one facet of its work to fulfill its commission to develop interfaith dialogue and education on campus, the Campus Christian Center offers an interfaith program known as Spiritual Seekers. In this program, the Center focuses on three key features of the Center’s mission and vision: (1) to develop and nurture an ecumenical Christian atmosphere on campus; (2) to engender interfaith education, conversation, and engagement on campus; and (3) to provide a prophetic voice for the unique vision of Berea College.
This program occurs on Thursdays at noon for most weeks during the regular terms of the academic year. The participants include students, members of the staff and faculty, and other members of the community of Berea. The seekers gather to discuss presentations by visiting scholars or speakers, students, or members of the College faculty or staff on various religious topics, issues, or themes of contemporary interest or concern. Topics of discussion might include comparisons of religious traditions to one another on a given issue or topic or might simply relate to one religious tradition only on a given week. These topics often include issues like the concept of jihad and crusade, the nature of prayer, the problem of suffering in world religions, and so forth. Recently, with help from its Jewish participants, the group held a Seder to learn more about the traditions, teachings, and practices of contemporary Judaism.
The Campus Christian Center provides lunch for those who participate in this program. The Center welcomes persons of all perspectives from any or no religious tradition or community. This program produces lively discussion and attracts a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty each week. Ms. Katherine Basham and Prof. Jeff B. Pool, in partnership with the participants, work together to develop the schedule of topics and speakers each week.