Interfaith

Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Barry University is enriched by students, faculty and staff who embrace a variety of religious traditions. Campus Ministry welcomes this diversity and aims to support all who are serious about their journey of faith and seek to deepen their relationship with God. We offer many opportunities to strengthen ecumenical and interfaith relations through dialogue, worship, and community service.

Ecumenical awareness highlights what all Christians hold in common, while respecting the differences that exist between various branches of Christianity’s family tree. As a university in the Roman Catholic tradition we reverence our relationship with our sisters and brothers of other Christian denominations. Events such as Songs and Prayer in the Spirit of Taize: Christian Prayer by Candlelight, retreat days, and the initiatives of the De Porres Center for Ethical Leadership provide times for engagement and collaboration. Each year in January we also observe a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity together with Christians throughout the world.

Interfaith awareness addresses the broader diversity among world religions. Our interfaith programs provide opportunities for conversation and the promotion of understanding. They can help you develop unique insight into various faith and ethical belief systems. Since religion is a key motivator in world affairs, these programs will give you the opportunity to learn more about religious differences and similarities first-hand.

Interfaith Committee

Interfaith Committee, which includes Barry students, faculty and staff, meets regularly throughout the academic year to organize events and programs which promote dialogue, understanding, and respect among all faith traditions, especially the Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Through presentations on topics of common interest, visits to local houses of worship, shared celebrations such as the Passover Seder Meal or Kwanzaa, and collaboration with campus organizations, schools or divisions, Campus Ministry strives to live out Barry’s commitment to inclusive community.

Interfaith Passover Seder

For 25 years, Barry University has hosted an annual interfaith Passover Seder on campus. The event is open to all individuals who are interested in celebrating a religious event. Members of the Barry community join together to learn, to eat, to celebrate and recollect God's deliverance of God's people out of bondage.

The Seder is a ritualized meal that recounts the story of how the ancient Hebrews, lead by Moses, escaped from slavery in Egypt. Using a simplified form of the Haggadah, the Seder Prayers, and sharing ritual foods, participants are led through a recitation of the ancient story of Israel's redemption from the bondage of Egypt.

For more information please contact the Office of Campus Ministry at 305-899-3650 or campusministry@barry.edu.

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