Fall 2011

Stepping Up to the Challenge

The White House recently issued a call to U.S. colleges and universities to make interfaith cooperation and community service a priority in the 2011-2012 academic year. Because this initiative resonates with its mission, core values, and already strong commitment to community service, Marywood University is one of 250 out of 6,000 institutions nationwide that will participate in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.

The main goals of this project are: to make interfaith cooperation and tolerance a high priority on college campuses; to mobilize faculty, students, and staff to act to create interfaith understanding; and to provide a step-by-step process to improve interfaith interactions.

Sister Anne Munley established a Task Force on Interfaith and Community Service in late spring to plan and coordinate activities associated with this year-long project. Marywood's plan was submitted to the White House in the end of June. The Task Force is chaired by Sister Catherine Luxner, IHM, Director of Campus Ministry.

Both Sister Anne and Sister Catherine attended an event in Washington, D.C., in August, along with representatives from other participating colleges and universities, to celebrate the launch of the challenge, connect with other participants, and discuss respective campus plans.

Photo ID: Sister Anne Munley meets with Eboo Patel, President and Founder of the Interfaith Youth Core. He is also the author of Acts of Faith, which is required reading for University 100 classes this year.

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