About Interfaith Work at Guilford College
Guilford College Interfaith Leadership Council is a cooperative endeavor of faith communities within the College that works in close partnership with the Friends Center. Guilford College is founded in Quaker principle that all are welcome, each having “that of the God within them” and that religious and spiritual lives are a key aspect of human development and flourishing. Therefore our basic approach to interfaith cooperation is to practice “radical hospitality” where all faith traditions are welcome into a religiously plural community for dialogue and exchange towards a positive end.
Representing different faith perspectives and traditions, the ILC is a group of volunteer faith leaders sharing a commitment to religious and spiritual exploration and expression among our students and with each other. Each group aims to serve the distinct nature in its own tradition while supporting the upholding dignity of the other groups, with shared values and on issues that affect all.
The Interfaith Leadership Council attends to the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of persons within the College and will have the opportunity to support the campus community in a variety of ways. The goals for the Interfaith Leadership Council are to raise awareness of the role of faith as an essential component of life; to enter into critical dialogue with others; to sponsor campus activities about religious faith, action, and justice; to develop a spiritual formation within individuals and a sense of community within groups of campus ministry associations.
Contact Wess Daniels, director of Friends Center, for more information:
Guilford’s Interfaith Leadership Council
Mission of Friends Center’s Interfaith Leadership Council
- Seeks to serve as a support structure for ministers, clergy, and other religious representatives on the Guilford College campus
- Provides a religious and spiritual response to issues and events impacting the campus community through organized events or programs
- Preserves a cooperative relationship with the College through Friends Center
- Participates in campus events and ceremonies, representing religious and spiritual traditions as appropriate
If you are interested in serving as a member of the Interfaith Leadership Council, please contact Wess Daniels – firstname.lastname@example.org
Interfaith Prayer Space
The interfaith prayer space, located in Friends Center at the Eva Campbell House. It is available for all students, staff, and faculty regardless of religious or non-religious affiliation. It is a quiet space where you can pray, mediate, enjoy some calm, and use the various texts, and other meditative tools to help you in your reflection.
Religious Observance Practice at Guilford
Friends Center, in close partnership with the Academic Dean’s office, wants to uplift several important holidays from various religious traditions occurring in the weeks and months ahead and remind us all of Guilford’s Religious Observance Practice.
Guilford’s practice is to excuse students from class for religious holidays they observe. Students are responsible for providing advance notification to instructors and making up missed work. Similarly, faculty who will themselves observe these holidays, and cancel class meetings or office hours as a result, should also provide advanced notification to their students and make provisions to ensure that the requirements and learning associated with the course are met over the remainder of the semester.