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Religious & Spiritual Life

Welcome!

Welcome from the Interim Director

Welcome to The Cultural Center and Spiritual Life at DU!
We are delighted that you are interested in our school and the students who breathe life into its mission and vision. The Cultural Center is committed to the mission to create an environment where students of color, students of marginalized faiths and LGBTQ+ students can critically engage their historical legacies, while enhancing their educational, intellectual and personal/professional interests as they relate to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic, and cultural sensibilities; and also while providing a physical safe haven for respite and dialogue as they navigate their journey at the University of Denver.

The Cultural Center and Spiritual Life also exists to promote dialogue and understanding among faith traditions, and between people of ethnicities and those who do not belong to a faith tradition. Student ministry groups organize and plan programs and activities and foster communication between different faith groups on campus. Student groups also exist for the purpose of studying religious texts, participating in community service projects, and offering spiritual support and prayer. The Cultural Center is committed to the development of the student in a wholistic manner supporting the academic rigor and agility, character and personal development, their integrity and professional development, while encouraging them to pay attention to their emotional and physical health.

Today, we accept this legacy as we live in a world of religious pluralism, an ever-expanding understanding of the nature of the diversities in our midst, marvelous and challenging cultural differences and more. These are exciting and perplexing times to join us in the exploration of transformation and scholarship development. We encourage students to ask questions, seek wisdom, embrace academic rigor, explore the depths of the ethical and spiritual, and hope to offer thoughtful answers to the predicaments of our day. We are here to support you as you discern the next steps of your journey. Please do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions.

Blessings,
Andriette Jordan-Fields, PhD

 


Other campus religious, spiritual and general support services include:

Nowruz: persian new year

flyer for Nowruz 2020 campus event

EVENT CANCELLED. While our campus celebration won't be happening as planned, learn more about the Persian New Year, and stay tuned for future events!







Ramadan (4/23 ~ 5/23)

white crescent moon and mosque on field of blue stars

The following resources are being created and compiled by a working group of students, staff and faculty. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more details!

Context and Campus Impact
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset; they are also supposed to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior. Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals (iftar) with family and friends; and the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam's major holidays. (www.history.com/topics/holidays/ramadan)

Those able to fast abstain from all food or drink (including water), and many more are involved in community events through the month--all of which can impact energy levels, attention spans and more, especially later in the day and cumulatively, later in the month. While there's no need to presume or ask who's Muslim or fasting , please be mindful of this possibility in your classes, offices, meetings, and events.

Dining Options
To support affiliates, especially those on campus meal plans, in balancing observance and nutrition through Ramadan fasting, Sodexo (campus dining) is offering various options for morning and evening meals. These plans are based on past usage, a commitment to reduce food waste, and an expanded number of community iftars. Iftar and Suhoor boxed-meal menus, schedule, and advance order process will be posted soon.

There will also be fast-break water and snacks available in several buildings, in addition to sponsored iftars on and around campus.

Prayer Spaces
We will publish a list of regular and specially-scheduled spaces available for personal and group prayer.

Events
We are also compiling a list of campus and community iftar (dinners) and other events.


We will continue to add events and resources here as we confirm dates, however due to COVID-19, please refer to du.edu/coronavirus about events on campus and check back for more info!