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Donate your points/Fast-a-thon Banquet in Beckham Hall

fast-a-thonThis Thursday is the 3rd annual Wesleyan Fast-a-thon and Ramadan Banquet: delicious free Indian food from Haveli and free t-shirts for participants, and all in support of a great cause.

Last year, 850 people participated and raised $11,400 for the local Amazing Grace Soup Kitchen in Middletown.

Help beat that record by donating just a few points (or a lot, up to you) from your meal plan – give up some of your potential food so someone less fortunate can have some:

This Thursday is Wesleyan’s 3rd Annual Fast-a-Thon and Ramadan Banquet. Participants are invited to join the rest of the campus in fasting for a day, and/or donating points, cash, or check to the Amazing Grace Soup Kitchen in Middletown. This event raises money to fight hunger in our local community, and demonstrates solidarity against poverty across all boundaries.

Don’t wait, donate and/or RSVP now at the Fast-a-thon website.

All participants are invited to the break-fast Banquet this Thursday, 5:45PM in Beckham Hall, with FREE dinner from Haveli India and free t-shirts. There will also be a raffle for all those who donated. Seats at the Banquet are limited, so come early!

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!
Fast-a-Thon Planning Committee

Facebook event here.
Please email interfaith.fastathon@gmail with any questions.

Sponsored by: Interfaith Justice League, Muslim Student Association, Haveli, Bon Appetit, Office of Residential Life, Muslim Coalition of CT, University Chaplains, Office of Community Service, SBC, SALD

Date: Thursday, October 1
Time: 5:45 pm
Place: Beckham Hall
Cost: Free dinner, but please donate some points!

Interfaith Retreat

Sleepover! The Interfaith Justice League has organized an Interfaith Retreat for this weekend:

interfaith_symbol_001Come share your stories and traditions, and learn from others.

6 PM Friday April 3 – 3 pm Saturday April 4

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 76 High Street

There will be games, a movie, sleepover, storytelling, sing-alongs, food, discussions and community service.

We welcome discussion/activity suggestions (workshops, discussions, dances, etc.)

RSVP to Ben Sachs-Hamilton ’09 at bsachshamilt(at)wes ASAP. Let him know your name, any dietary restrictions, or other accommadations (particularly for sleeping over).

Faith Galore!

Here’s the latest faith-based things in the community:

Blogging
Emily Hoffman ’10 informs us that the Wesleyan Havurah has a brand new blog where you can post and read all about upcoming events in and related to the Jewish community. Check it out to get the news on Jews.

The Bayit Wants You!
Looking for a big, beautiful house with an open, welcoming community dedicated to exploring and sharing Judaism and other cultures? Then the Bayit might be just the place for you! The deadline for applications is this Friday, February 27th, at at midnight.

Dining and Schmoozing
The Interfaith Justice League is extending an invitation to come to the Interfaith Potluck.
Come check out next year’s new Interfaith Program House and mingle with friends!
Bring ethnic meals, desserts, or drinks (or just yourself), and a plate/knife/fork/cup!

Date: Thursday, February 26th
Time: 6:00pm
Place: 230 Washington Street (soon to be Interfaith House!)

A reminder: if you’re thinking of applying to Interfaith House (or any other program house), the deadline is also this Friday, February 27th

Clash or Cooperation: Media & InterReligious Interaction

Are religions and religious belief destined to cause conflict and religious violence? What exactly does “Religious Pluralism” mean, anyway?

Bring your dinner and your opinions and join Hafsa Kanjwal and Erin Williams from the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) in a workshop on religion and religious pluralism in the world today. We’ll discuss the different narratives of religion in the media, the movement of religious pluralism we don’t often hear about, and learn a little about what the IFYC (a Chicago-based non-profit that builds mutual respect and pluralism among young people from different religious traditions by empowering them to work together to serve others) does.

When: Wednesday, 1/28 at 6pm
Where: Usdan 110
Bring Dinner!

Hosted by the Interfaith Justice League
Sponsored by the University Chaplains and the Adelphic Educational Fund

Open Doors #4: Protestant Worship, focus on social justice

Rachel Berkowitz ’09 from the Interfaith Justice League sends in some info about the fourth event in the Open Doors series:

Curious about social justice, spirituality, or religious observance on campus?

On Sunday, January 25, 2009, in Memorial Chapel at 2PM, join guest minister The Reverend Dr. A. Knighton Stanley, author of A View From My Window and The Children is Crying along with Pastor Joan Cooper Burnett, Protestant Chaplain, the Chapel Ministers, Praise and Worship Team, and the Interfaith Justice League, as we gather to celebrate our covenant relationship with God and are reminded of our relationship with neighbor.

This Open Door gathering is designed as a cry to God for justice in the midst of injustice, a call to God’s people to practice justice, and a proclamation of God’s vision of a just world.

This is the fourth event in an “Open Doors” series of open religious/spiritual gatherings around campus, organized by the Interfaith Justice League and various faith communities, in which we visit a different religious/spiritual service each week, and invite the greater campus community to join us. Keep your eyes open for more upcoming events!

What: Social justice-focused Protestant Worship with Reverend Dr. A. Knighton Stanley
When
: Sun, Jan. 25th at 2 pm
Where: Memorial Chapel

Interfaith Muslim Jummah service this Friday

The second event in the “Open Doors” series is coming up this Friday. Nadeem Modan ’10 has the info:

Curious about spirituality or religious observance on campus? Came to the Fast-a-Thon, and want to get involved with interfaith action here at Wesleyan? The Interfaith Justice League will be visiting a different religious/spiritual service each week, and you’re invited! This week we’ll be visiting Muslim Jummah services.

Come to Jummah services, 12:20pm this Friday at the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life! (corner of Church and High St., diagonal from Beta, second floor) Jummah is a great time to take a break between the school week and the weekend to rest, pray, and meditate. The sermon will be related to social justice and activism. It is suggested that women bring scarves/hooded sweatshirts to cover their hair if possible. The service is open to all, and there will be snacks afterward! If you have questions, feel free to e-mail nmodan@wes.
This is the second event in an “Open Doors” series of open religious/spiritual gatherings around campus, organized by the Interfaith Justice League and various faith communities. Keep your eyes open for more upcoming events.

Interfaith Shabbat – in just a few hours!

Rachel Berkowitz ’09 sends in word that tonight’s Shabbat services will be the first in a series of events, where different religious communities will especially invite people of all different faiths to come participate:

Curious about spirituality or religious observance on campus? Came to the Fast-a-Thon, and would like to get involved with interfaith action here at Wesleyan? The Interfaith Justice League’s planning to visit a different religious/spiritual service each week, and you’re invited!

This week we’re going to Shabbat services, 6:15 this Friday at the Bayit! Shabbat is a great time to take a break between the schoolweek and the weekend to rest, sing, pray, and eat good food. The service will be specially designed to be inclusive and open to all, and will be followed by a delicious home-cooked dinner. If you have questions, feel free to e-mail bsachshamilt@wes.

This is the first event in an “Open Doors” series of open religious/spiritual gatherings around campus, organized by the Interfaith Justice League and various faith communities. Keep your eyes open for more upcoming events.

When: 6:15 pm (today! like in two hours)
Where: the Bayit (157 Church St., the big brick building across the street from Open House, near the corner of Church and High)

Fast-a-Thon is here!!

The Fast-a-Thon is TOMORROW. This means that if you want to donate meals/points to the Amazing Grace food pantry, you need to RSVP right away. It’s easy – all you have to do is e-mail how many points or meals you want to donate (it can be anything – donate just 3 points, or do what most people are doing, and donate the points you would have spent on food that day, ~13. maximum of donating 3 meals, though)

2nd Annual FastaThon and Annual Ramadan Banquet
Join the campus in FASTING for a day, DONATE the day’s unused meals/points to the local food pantry, Amazing Grace, and eat FREE and delicious Indian food from HAVELI INDIA at the RAMADAN BANQUET. First-comers get a FREE T-SHIRT for participating in Wesleyan’s annual FASTATHON!!!!!!

Fast-a-Thon
Who: ANYONE!!!! Students, faculty, staff of any/all/no religious affiliation and Middletown residents as well
When: 5:00AM to 6:45PM, Thursday September 25th 2008
Where: All across campus
Why: Because many people in Middletown go hungry every night, and because none of us (regardless of background) think that its okay. Donate your unused points or meals for the day.
RSVP: interfaith.fastathon@gmail.com to participate, or for more info. RSVP is required! Include Name, ID, and how many points (unlimited)/meals (max 3) you want to donate.

Ramadan Banquet

Who: Everyone!!! You don’t need to have fasted to attend.
When: 5:45PM, Thursday September 25th 2008 (tomorrow!)
Where: Beckham Hall, Fayerwether
Why: To eat delicious free Indian food from Haveli, meet new people, hear Michael Roth speak, learn about fasting across cultures, learn about Ramadan, and demonstrate solidarity in the face of local poverty.

Sponsored by: Interfaith Justice League, Muslim Student Association, Haveli India, Bon Appetit, Middletown Mayor, University Chaplains, OCS, Reslife, Adelphic Education Fund, SBC, SALD, Campus Progress, Middletown Clergy Association, Shakti, Havurah, CSO

Students Profiled: Fast-a-Thon organizers

I spoke to Nadeem Modan ’10, Rachel Berkowitz ’09, and Ann-Marie Illsley ’10 about their work in organizing the second annual Fast-A-Thon, an event where participants fast from dawn until dusk, and donate the money/points/meals they would have used on food to the Amazing Grace food pantry. Last year, over $4,500 was donated and 250 individuals fasted for one day.

Me: So, this is the second year of running the Fast-a-Thon, right?
Rachel: Right.
Me: So how did the idea of the program start?
Nadeem: The Muslim community used to have a Ramadan banquet every year, and then it just made sense to expand it beyond the Muslim community, because fasting is something shared by so many different faiths.
Rachel: And the goal of alleviating hunger is a goal shared by many different faiths, and, independently, a number of faith and other organizations contribute to the Amazing Grace food pantry. But this is a way of us all coming together on the same day to all fast and raise money together, as one big community.
Me: Last year, this was an entirely Wesleyan event. How did you decide to expand the Fast-a-Thon event beyond the Wesleyan bubble?
Ann-Marie: Hunger is a community issue.
Nadeem: There’s no reason not to.
Rachel: This is an opportunity to bring Wesleyan and Middletown together.
Me: So would you say that this whole event is about coming together in general, for communities of all sorts? Middletown and Wesleyan, different faiths, etc…
Nadeem: People coming together for a shared cause or goal, yeah.
Me: So you guys are all involved in the Interfaith Justice League. What other kinds of things does the IJL do?
Rachel: Well, in the past we’ve done…
Ann-Marie: the Interfaith Banquet during Wesfest…
Rachel: We had an interfaith film series…
Nadeem: And especially just coming together around issues of social justice.

Watch out for more details about the event to be posted next week, or join the facebook group for the Fast-a-Thon and Ramadan Banquet 2008, taking place next Thursday the 25th.