On a Thursday night, April 10 (as an extension of Better Together Day celebrations), students from across campus gathered in the student center for the second annual “Night of Unity” organized by IF House member Brianna with collaboration with Better Together and the Chaplain’s Office. The event was opened up to anyone on campus who wanted to talk about their personal spiritual journeys and the event had over 40 attendees. The performances ranged from bible readings, to original poetry, dance presentations, and musical performances. The Ohio Wesleyan student newspaper covered the event here. Below are some quotes from their article written by Spenser Hickey and Jija Dutt as well as some photos taken by Spenser Hickey on behalf of the newspaper.
Brianna and Chaplain Powers at the event.
“I am a true believer in unity and how we are all really better when we work, learn and love together,” Robinson said.
She added that her main goal was to reach out to as many people as she could.
“I wanted to get people to talk about (faith and unity,)” she said.
“Communication is key for change.”
At OWU, Vinciguerra said that interfaith dialogue can be hindered by the misconception that only religious people can participate.
“That is not true at all and I wish that was something that was more widely understood,” she said.
“I would love to see more people who don’t subscribe to a particular religion participating in these events because they have critical things to say, things that I think we all need to hear.”
“Interfaith to me means an open and understanding community where we can all grow and learn from each other,” Vinciguerra added.
“It doesn’t mean that we all agree all the time, it doesn’t mean that we ignore the differences between our beliefs, but it means that we embrace those differences and learn more about ourselves and others in the process.”
“Not everyone in this room knows each other – I know that for sure – but we’re here together,” Robinson said in her closing speech.