Rice Interfaith Week is Feb. 12-17

Boniuk Institute

The Rice community is invited to participate in the annual Rice Interfaith Week Feb. 12-17.

The goal of this student-led initiative hosted by the Boniuk Council is to spread awareness about the diversity of religious beliefs, worldviews and spiritual traditions on the Rice campus. It also is designed to encourage and facilitate interfaith dialogue among students of different beliefs and nonbeliefs, while introducing students to different kinds of contemplative practice.

The week began with a “Music and Spirituality Discussion” at noon Feb. 12 in the McMurtry College Lounge. At 4:30 p.m. Feb. 12 the Dalai Lama’s niece, Tencho, will speak in Fondren Library’s Kyle Morrow Room, followed by an interactive music workshop by the Silk Road Ensemble, founded by Yo-Yo Ma, at 7 p.m. in Fondren Library’s Kyle Morrow Room. On Feb. 13 “The Music of Strangers,” a documentary about the Silk Road Ensemble, will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Moody Center for the Arts. An “Interfaith Unity Banquet” will close out the week at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at McMurtry College Commons.

Other activities will include panels on the Protestant Reformation and religion and politics, an interfaith concert, a yoga session, a sermon slam and a range of open services.

The Boniuk Council comprises undergraduate students at Rice who act as a liaison between the institute and the student body. The council is part of Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance.

For the complete schedule of events and services, see the Boniuk Council’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BoniukCouncil.

About Jeff Falk

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