WHAT’S GOING ON?

Given the University guidelines, requirements and expectations for activities and behavior to keep our community healthy and safe, the office of Interfaith Dialogue and Engagement will operate under a flexible work schedule for the remainder of the fall semester.

This means we will shift between in-person/in-office and virtual engagement throughout the week. When not in office, we can be contacted by email (interfaith@pitt.edu) during regular work hours.

Please visit our website www.interfaith.pitt.edu or Student Affair’s website www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu for more information. The University’s response may change these rules based on changes in pandemic conditions. 

 

2021-2022 ACADEMIC YEAR!

FALL

  • WELCOME WEEK – INTERACT WITH THE INTERFAITH OFFICE
    • Date: Monday, August 23, 2021 from 2pm-3pm
    • Location: The office of interfaith (824 William Pitt Union)
  • COFFEE & CONVERSATION
    • Date: TBD
    • Location: TBD
  • BUILDING BRIDGES
    • Date: TBD
    • Location: TBD

INTERFAITH STORIES IN LIVING COLOR 2021!

Your stories, experiences, and many identities all matter! As we celebrate our office being one of the recipients of the Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation award from the Interfaith Youth Core under the We Are Each Other’s Campaign, we encourage you to open your mind, read, ponder, reflect, and connect with the experiences of your neighbors. They may be similar to yours or very different, either way they reside at an intersection all of us have to cross: faith/worldview/religion and race/ethnicity/culture.

We will be releasing stories day by day, beginning from Martin Luther King Jr. day throughout Black History Month in February, so make sure to check out our website and social media pages (@interfaithpitt on Instagram and interfaithpitt on Facebook) to stay up to date with any new stories!

To submit a story, click this link!

Cheryl Moore
Jewish | PA | White
“On October 27, 2018, five blocks from my home, as they gathered to worship and celebrate the Sabbath, 11 of my friends and neighbors were brutally murdered. As the ranting killer ran through the Tree of Life Synagogue, police radios picked up his shouting that “all Jews must die!................. - Continue reading by clicking the social media icons below (Instagram Part 1, Part 2, Facebook Full story!)
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Anonymous
Muslim | PA | Pakistani American
“In Islam, members of the LGBTQIA+ community are often ostracized due to fundamental differences. There was a personal moment in my life that set me on a journey of social justice and advocacy. My cousin came out as gay and told a group of us cousins, including me, about his sexual orientation. Shortly after, he was alienated by everyone and all of my cousins turned their back on him. That moment broke my heart.............. Continue reading by clicking the social media icons below (Facebook Full story, Instagram Full Story)
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Toks Oriola
Non-traditional Christian | DMV | African American
“There are no guarantees. In anything. At anytime. While that statement may come off as depressing, pessimistic, or perhaps biased, I find it spiritually liberating, freeing and honest. I consider myself to be a person of faith... and if asked which religion I subscribe to, I’d naturally say “Yes, I’m a Christian.................. Continue reading by clicking the social media icons below (Facebook Full story, Instagram Part 1, Part 2)
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Nadia Dawood
Non Pracicing Muslim | VA | South Asian
“My dad, 61, has had not one but two near death experiences. We joke with him that he’s a cat, running out of lives. Just like any of us, he’s no where near perfect. Has he made mistakes? Yes. Has he displayed poor judgment at times? Of course. Is he a good person? Absolutely. During those dark moments, I always begin to ask the same questions. Why us? Why do bad things happen to good people, and bad things never seem to happen to bad people?.................... Continue reading by clicking the social media icons below (Facebook Full story, Instagram Part 1, Part 2)
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Antawn Coleman
Christian | PA | African American
“Representation Matters In my lifetime as a 35-year old African American male, I’ve been blessed to see two major milestones in this country’s political history. The 2008 election of Barak Obama marked the first time an African American had ascended to highest office in our land. On January 20, 2021, my wife and I sat with our 4-year old daughter as we watched.......... Continue reading by clicking the social media icons below (Facebook Full story, Instagram Part 1, Part 2)
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Esther Long
TX
"An observation I noticed and want to share... One thing I definitely miss, and don't fully get to experience living in Texas, is the beautiful fall season of the east coast. One day, as I was on my way to the airport, leaving the east coast and heading back to Texas........... Continue reading by clicking the social media icons below (Facebook Full Story, Instagram Full Story)
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Ashley Nardone
Christian | PA | Black
“This story is very difficult to share. This incident hitting so close to home, and bringing on so many emotions the English language doesn't have the correct vocabulary to accurately describe. In fact I asked my husband to submit my words so I don't have to go through reliving my pain by rereading what I had written yet again........... Continue reading by clicking the social media icons below (Facebook Full Story, Instagram Part 1, Instagram Part 2)
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Anonymous
Black | Christian | PA
“To know God and make Him known.” A statement that I stood by and still stand by. Years ago I worked alongside a Non-profit organization that really helped change by worldview, deepen my relationship with God and show me the lack-of African Americans serving in short and long term missions........... Continue reading by clicking the social media icons below (Facebook Full story, Instagram Part 1, Part 2)
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Jeremiah Davis
African American | Christian | Ohio
“Is there ever a time to not do right or expected thing? At first glance we say yes, uh think of historic figures like Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Maya Moore, etc. Their decisions to go against what was said to be right, turn out to be right but not because others approved it. It was on a drive home from work talking on the phone to my mother that she felt compelled to tell about the story of Job in the bible........ -Continue reading by clicking the social media icons below (Facebook Full story, Instagram Part 1, Part 2)
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Royal Baxter
Black | Christian | Georgia
“I was born into a Christian family. I was baptized at an early age and have remained committed to my faith and beliefs. I was raised to love everyone and to respect everyone across all subcultures- race, ethnicity, religion, and more- and I pride myself on the ability to do so and even more so the desire to want to do so. One year, I was walking in my neighborhood.......... -Continue reading by clicking the social media icons below (Facebook Full story, Instagram Full Story)
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