Intercultural CANR: Exploring our Spirit is a college initiative involving a series of events hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) as a way to make space and explore aspects of our identities that are talked about less in our conversations about inclusion.
In the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), we are committed to the idea that our best work, our best science, and our best selves emerge when we learn about one another’s perspectives, and engage across all of our differences.
As scientists, scholars, students and professionals in the CANR community, we will dig deeper to make room for the respectful and rich conversation these topics provide.
This initiative provides an opportunity to explore the variety of religions, faiths, and spiritual practices that make up the tapestry of our spiritual lives in the college and the surrounding communities.
Differences in our traditions inform the way we see our relationship with each other and with the natural world. But since religion and spirituality are so rarely discussed in public and professional settings, we are in danger of getting it wrong. We may make judgments based on stereotypes and assumptions, and we could miss the many ways in which world religions and traditions are more alike than they are different.
Faith community tours
Nominated faculty and staff from CANR departments and team participated in a bus tour of different faith communities on March 14 from 10:00 a.m. - 4: 00 p.m.
The tour visited five local religious faith communities. At each stop, faith leaders provided a tour and a presentation on the faith tradition with time for questions from the participants. During the travel time between site visits, a moderator facilitated discussion and space for participant reflections.
Faith leaders panel discussion
Following the bus tours will be a breakfast and panel discussion open to the CANR community on March 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This moderated panel of faith and community leaders will give an overview of their religious traditions and perspectives, as well as provide time for questions about religion, spirituality and those who choose to live in the absence of religion or spirituality.
These shared spaces and stories will help expand the way we see the world to form a more informed, engaged and inclusive CANR.