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Mehr-Muska, Ottaviano ’17 Discuss Interfaith Relations at Wesleyan

University Protestant Chaplain Tracy Mehr-Muska and Lydia Ottaviano ’17 were interviewed on the WESU 88.1 FM show “Reasonably Catholic” about a new interfaith organization on campus that is working to build ties between the various faith traditions.

Ottaviano is a member of the new interfaith council, which planned the first Faith Shadowing Week this spring. During the week of April 19, students attended regularly scheduled meetings of various religious and spiritual groups other than their own, including several Christian fellowship group meetings and bible studies, Shabbat services, Buddhist Faith Fellowship, Wesleyan Mindfulness Group, Quaker Meeting, Catholic Mass, Muslim Jumma Prayers and Vespers. The week concluded with a campus-wide interfaith dinner that was attended by about 30 students

“It really came from a genuine interest on the part of the students,” said Mehr-Muska said of the interfaith council’s planning.

 

Ottaviano explained that while the council had originally intended to pair up students of different faith traditions, the high degree of interest in Faith Shadowing Week led them to change that plan. Instead, students in small groups attended events held by different faith traditions. This helped students learn about and get comfortable with the unfamiliar traditions.

“Those who were able to participate and attend events other than their own really found it enjoyable and enlightening, in that they were able to learn and appreciate a little more about their own traditions just by experiencing those of others faiths,” said Ottaviano. She also got some new ideas by observing meetings of other faith communities.

 

“I think that the sense of community is really what bubbled to the top” for students visiting other faith communities, said Mehr-Muska. She said the week allowed the students to identify and celebrate common ground.

Read more about the Faith Shadowing Week here.

 

Students Explore Different Religious Traditions During Faith Shadowing Week

Members of Wesleyan's Interfaith Council attended a campus-wide interfaith dinner on April 25. Shown from left to right, Eki Ramadhan '16, Aobo Dong '15, Michelle Han '16, Lydia Ottaviano '17, Hiram Brett, Yale Divinity School intern in Wesleyan’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Jamie Jung '16. (Photo by Tracy Mehr-Muska.)

Members of Wesleyan’s Interfaith Council attended a campus-wide interfaith dinner on April 25. Shown from left to right: Eki Ramadhan ’16, Aobo Dong ’15, Michelle Han ’16, Lydia Ottaviano ’17, Hiram Brett, Yale Divinity School intern in Wesleyan’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Jamie Jung ’16. (Photo by Tracy Mehr-Muska.)

Wesleyan is home to students of many different faiths, as well as those who don’t practice any religion. The week of April 19, Wesleyan’s Interfaith Council of students organized a Faith Shadowing Week to allow students an opportunity “to get a glimpse at what the different religious and spiritual fellowships and events look like, and how different traditions and forms take shape,” as Lydia Ottaviano ‘17, head of the council, put it.