Alvernia encourages interfaith dialog.

Following the Franciscan tradition of seeking common ground with people of other faiths, the Alvernia Interfaith Pillar strives to instill the resources for welcoming an inclusive dialog to promote interfaith conversations on campus. These interfaith conversations occur on campus through collaborations across the university and within the Reading community along with special programming throughout the year. 

On-Campus Programming

Celebration of Faith

Our Franciscan heritage calls us to embrace other faiths and cultures. As Alvernia increasingly grows in diversity and acceptance, we feel it is essential to have active roles in bridging the gaps between different faith backgrounds and perspectives inside and outside the classroom.

يدعونا التراث الفرنسيسكاني إلى اعتناق الأديان والثقافات الأخرى. مع نمو ألفيرنيا بشكل متزايد في التنوع والقبول ، نشعر أنه من الضروري أن نقوم بدور نشط في سد الفجوات بين الخلفيات الدينية المختلفة ووجهات النظر داخل وخارج الفصل الدراسي. هدفنا هو توحيد الديانات السماوية. فلنكن يدا واحدة.

A Common Heart Program

A Common Heart was created by three congregations, St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Church, Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, and the Islamic Center of Reading, with the support of Alvernia University and Reading Berks Conference of Churches, for the mutual goal of understanding and appreciation for the three Abrahamic faiths.

Class visits by the Office of Mission and Ministry

To foster a greater understanding and appreciation of other religious cultures and traditions, our Mission and Ministry staff is happy to visit academic classes throughout the year and invites them to participate in spiritual activities.

 

Off Campus Programming

Interfaith Hike

The Interfaith pillar hosts a hike during the Fall Semester to give the Alvernia community an opportunity to connect with nature on a spiritual level with people from all faiths. Lunch is included.

Chapel Crawl

This program presented in conjunction with Residence Life is held during the spring semester.

Attending local Interfaith events

Interfaith Philadelphia

Respect Graduate School (Bethlehem)

Ramadan Dinner at the Islamic Center of Reading

In addition to our regular programming, we are always looking for more opportunities to engage our students in Interfaith activities on campus and with the wider community. 

Interfaith Feasts and Holidays

Just as Saint Francis and the Sultan found common ground through their belief in God, Alvernia is an inclusive community welcoming individuals from all faiths and backgrounds.

Please use this calendar to learn about the days sacred to our respective religions. Please share and promote interfaith dialogue.

2022

September
25-27 Rosh Hashanah Jewish
October
3 Transitus of St. Francis Christian   Catholic
4 Feast of St. Francis Catholic
4-5 Yom Kippur Jewish
7-8 Mawlid-al-Nabi Sikh
9-16 Sukkot Jewish
16-18 Shemini Atzeret Begins Jewish
17-18 Simchat Torah Jewish
24 Diwali Hindu,   Jain
25-26 Birth of the Bab Bahai
26-27 Birth of Baháúllah Bahá'í
November
1 All Saints Day Christian/Catholic
2 All Souls Day Catholic
8 Birthday of Guru Nanak Ji Sikh
16 Remembering the Martyrs of the UCA Secular
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Sikh
24 Thanksgiving Federal
30 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh
December
11/27 - 12/24 Advent Season Christian
3 Feast of St. Francis Xavier Christian/Catholic
8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian/Catholic
18-26 Hanukkah Jewish
12 Feast   of Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian/Catholic
25 Christmas Christian
12/26 - 1/1 Kwanzaa Ethnic

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