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The Office of Spiritual Life seeks to nurture the ethics and identities of the Knox community by expanding our connection to our community and our world. The office strives to help students navigate and define their own experiences, whether those be a religious, humanist, atheist, or something beyond or in between.  

In addition, religious literacy remains valuable in a world where we must strive to respect and understand our increasingly diverse neighbors. The Office of Spiritual Life carries the tradition of the liberal arts by teaching students to communicate with people from all walks of life.

Dialogue is a central tenet of spiritual life at Knox. Through spiritual and political dialogues, the Knox community can move towards understanding and allyship.

Interfaith Peer Educators

The Interfaith Peer Educators are our Office’s team of student leaders who organize spiritual programming and resources for the campus to increase awareness and foster a safe and supportive community for religious and spiritual identities. They collaborate on projects and events with student spiritual organizations, facilitate dialogues regarding spirituality and its intersection with other identities.

Get to know our Interfaith Peer Educators for 2021-2022!

Some of the programming offered by the Spiritual Life Office and our student leaders includes:

  • Interfaith dinners
    • Spiritual Life and IFPEs host weekly dinners where Knox community members are welcome to join us for meals and have conversations centered around our diverse spiritual identities and practices, finding common ground, and building understanding of other faiths and religions from around the globe.
  • Ramadan Observance and Eid Celebrations
    • Every year, in collaboration with Islamic Club, we host the Muslim identifying students on campus for month of Ramadan. Iftar and suhoor meals are provided daily, travel arrangements are made for offering Taraweeh and Friday prayers in a mosque, HOPE Center Sanctuary is available for prayers and events for the community throughout the month. We mark the end of Ramadan by organizing an Eid Celebration where all community members are welcome. Click here to learn more about our last Ramadan on campus.
  • Interfaith Amigos
    • The Spiritual Life Office invited Interfaith Amigos to campus who spoke to students, faculty, and staff about their experiences in Interfaith work and the importance of encouraging understanding between religions and spiritualities. You can learn more about the Interfaith Amigos and their work here.
  • Baccalaureate Ceremony
    • A baccalaureate service is a spiritual celebration that honors the graduating class. The event has its roots in Christianity-based interdenominational service. Here at Knox we organize an interfaith Baccalaureate Ceremony in the Senior Week leading up to Commencement. Community members, faculty, staff, students are invited to share their spiritual journeys through college and thereafter, showcase musical performances, recite poems, etc. For more information about the Ceremony each year, reach out to Tianna Cervantez (tcervant@knox.edu).

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Printed on Saturday, January 22, 2022