The Center’s Interfaith Encounters Alternative Break provides a week-long immersion experience for college students to meet, interact, and work with members of religious groups different from their own. The program combines interfaith learning, visits to 5-6 diverse faith communities, and intensive community service. It was adapted for college students from our Walking the Walk curriculum. We are proud to offer the program multiple times a year to both local and out-of-state colleges.
“Each of the encounters and workshops pushed all of us to learn, question, and investigate who we are, what we believe, and how we – all G-d’s people – can and should work together to find and create peace.” —Student Participant, University of Maryland.
“It was in this community where I realized that learning about diverse religions is not the end in itself—at least not for me.” —Krishna, referring to the Alternative Break service project at New Jerusalem Now recovery community, University of Maryland. Read her full story.
“I built a stronger faith in my own religion while also building strong bonds with my brothers and sisters of different religions.” —Student Team Leader, North Carolina State University.
“We can stop interfaith hatred now, in our generation” – Vikki, Student Team Leader, Temple University. Read her full story.
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In March 2012, the Interfaith Center will welcome students from Temple University, Haverford College, St. Joseph’s University, Blair Academy, and University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
Read reflections from participants in North Carolina State’s 2011 Interfaith Encounters Alternative Break on the University’s blog.
In One Week, University of Maryland Students visit Mishkan Shalom, St. Vincent’s Catholic Parish, Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, First Presbyterian Church, Beth Am Israel, the Philadelphia Sikh Society and the Philadelphia Baha’i Community.