A close look at religions
Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2013 17:03
For students who are interested in learning about and celebrating the diversity of religions at Oregon State University and throughout the world, the newly founded Religious Studies Club just may be the engaging extra-curricular activity for them.
The club is a non-devotional and non-denominational organization dedicated to creating a community of students and faculty mentors, partnered together in the academic study of religion. The members aim to support and learn from one another within a space of intellectual and spiritual exploration through philosophical inquiry and discussion.
With an inclusive philosophy, the Religious Studies Club focuses on investigating scholarly issues and creating a collegiate community committed to interreligious values and study.
The Religious Studies Club is sponsored directly by and works closely with the School of History, Philosophy and Religion. The club seeks to partner with organizations on campus and desires to connect with the community to raise awareness of the plurality of religious traditions as well as the role religion plays in our everyday lives.
“We seek to foster solidarity among individuals with different religious and spiritual backgrounds,” said student member Trenton T. Ogden, a junior in philosophy.
Membership in the Religious Studies Club on campus is open to all interested students, faculty and staff. Club members plan and participate in activities and programs to increase their understanding and appreciation of a wide range of religious traditions.
Activities include weekly meetings, utilization of local, national and international guest speakers, visiting places of worship, film screenings and faculty-led panels. Activities and events are planned based on the interests of the membership and interested participants.
The Religious Studies Club at OSU meets every week. The club will be holding its next meeting on Friday, March 15 at 4 p.m. in Milam 301.
Dacotah Splichalova, news reporter