January

Justice Everywhere

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A number of important events are planned for the first two weeks of the spring 2016 semester at Alvernia, aimed to encourage service, tolerance and interfaith understanding. This “Justice Everywhere” initiative will include diversity workshops and interfaith discussions at main campus, as well as the university’s Philadelphia and Schuylkill Centers.

The initiative will highlight two critically important and interrelated topics: valuing diversity and ensuring a welcoming, inclusive campus community. “These commitments, rooted in our mission and vision statements, are always essential but have never been more timely,” explains President Tom Flynn. “All around us, in our nation and our world, we see examples of racial, religious and political tensions and related attitudes that are hostile, even hateful, toward others.”


Events include:


MLK Day of Service
Jan. 18, all day, 22 sites in the City of Reading

Men Evolving Now Seminar
Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Campus Commons

Diversity Matters workshops
Jan. 21, students at 11:15 a.m., faculty/staff at 2:45 p.m., Student Center

"Call to Justice" Interfaith Prayer Service
Jan. 25, Francis Hall Theater
Offices around campus will close to allow for all students, faculty and staff to participate.

"Pope Francis & Interfaith Relations" Interfaith Lecture
Jan. 25, McGlinn Conference Center, with Dr. Leo Lefebure

Interfaith Circles
Jan. 26, 4 p.m., Prayer & Reflection Room
Feb. 2, 4 p.m., Prayer & Reflection Room

"What is Islam"
Jan. 27, 3:15 p.m., Prayer & Reflection Room
Feb. 1, 4 p.m., Philadelphia Center
Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m., Schuylkill Center

Franciscan Friday community service
Jan. 29, 12:30 p.m., Opportunity House

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