Center for Faith and Vocation

Posted on 10. Nov, 2014 by in Community

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.49.08 PMThe Center for Faith and Vocation, commonly referred to as the “Blue House,” is a place to contemplate the bigger picture. It is a space for self-discovery where we can develop our purpose, meaning, and contribution to the world. Because the Blue House welcomes many diverse religious and spiritual groups to have a personal space in the house, the center frequently conducts interfaith events to mingle the groups and stimulate conversation.

Saturday October 25th, cars full of Butler students drove off campus to participate in Keep Indianapolis Beautiful by planting trees in Indy neighborhoods. After a morning of digging, cutting, pulling, and raking, we headed back to the Blue House for an inclusive discussion about interfaith.

The conversation initially began with trees and how they symbolize life in many religions. From the Jewish tradition of planting trees in honor of new life to the Bodhi tree under which Budda achieved enlightenment, trees stand for important symbols in different religious traditions.  The conversation shed light on the commonalities spiritualities have as well as the ways spiritualities differ.  Léa Levy, the Interfaith Intern at the CFV, says it’s important to have these interfaith conversations “to expose other beliefs and create understanding” of differing faiths. Our world and our campus are composed of diverse people who have unique ideas about the world we live in. Levy mentions her hope of discounting stereotypes and encouraging a positive experience of the intersection of spiritualities.

Even when people disagree and tensions rise, the Blue House seeks to find understanding and always offers comfort. At the end of some time at the Blue House, Levy says you always “walk away with new ideas and perspectives” on the world around you.

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