Harvard Interfaith Group Urges Dialogue, Action

November 14, 2005

Source: The Harvard Crimson



On November 14, 2005 The Harvard Crimson reported, "A revitalized Harvard Interfaith Council (HIC) met for the first time this year on Thursday, drawing about 100 people to discuss religion over chocolate fondue. Among the crowd were guest speakers Dean of the College Benedict H. Gross ’71 and Dean of Harvard Divinity School William A. Graham, as well as leaders of the Harvard Baha’i Association, Harvard-Radcliffe Christian Fellowship (HRCF) and Dharma [Harvard's Hindu student group]. Representatives from The Pl uralism Project, a Harvard-based research endeavor focused on religious diversity, also participated in the event... HIC, originally dedicated to small discussions of religion, collapsed in 2003 once founding seniors graduated, according to Lala. He was able to revive the group in the fall of 2004.

The group now aims to promote campus-wide interreligious dialogue by holding events that support varying beliefs. Lala also said he wants to increase HIC’s influence by creating additional events like Belief in Action [a day of interfaith volunteer service hosted by HIC in May 2005]... In December, HIC will host a panel discussion on Abrahamic and Eastern religions. In February, the group will hold an event that explores the use of art in worship and spirituality."