Bonnier Multifaith Center

Fostering lives of engaged compassion through the cultivation of diverse religious and spiritual practices.

Rooted in the College’s core values of faith, justice, community, service and excellence, the purpose of the Bonnier Multifaith Center is to foster lives of engaged compassion through cultivating diverse religious and spiritual practices. Activities in the Center will include personal and communal meditation and prayer, interfaith conversations, text studies, and contemplative practices that sustain social justice activism. We invite all members of the Gustavus community, regardless of their religious and philosophical commitments, to use the Center for personal prayer, reflection, and meditation during unscheduled times and to request and use the Center’s space for organized religious, spiritual, or contemplative practices. 

In the News

The Bonnier Multifaith Center was recently featured in The Campus View newsletter in an article about religious diversity at Gustavus.

Gustavus Meditation 

Dr. Marian Broida, Interfaith Program Coordinator,

marianDr. Broida has taught Bible and Jewish Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College since the fall of 2015. She completed her MA in Jewish Studies and her PhD in Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, specializing in Hebrew Bible. One of Dr. Broida’s greatest joys is providing avenues for non-Jewish and Jewish students to learn about Judaism. In 2016, she taught a January term course on experiencing the Passover Seder. That April she organized and co-led a campus Seder at Gustavus for approximately 200 students, faculty, and others, with the help of students in her Jewish Studies courses.

Multifaith Holiday Calendar - 2018-2019

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Dates Holiday Tradition Accomodations may be requested
Aug. 21-23 Eid al Adha Islam yes
Sept. 9-11 Rosh Hashanah Judaism yes
Sept. 18-19 Yom Kippur Judaism yes
Sept. 20-21 Ashura Islam  
Sept 23-30 Sukkot Judaism yes, 1st 2 and last 2 days
Oct 1-2 Simkhat Torah Judaism yes
Oct. 31 Reformation Day Protestant Christianity  
Nov. 1 All Saints Day Christianity  
Nov. 7 Diwali Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism  
Dec. 2-24 Advent Christianity  
Dec. 2-10 Hanukkah Judaism  
Dec. 21 Yule/Solstice Christianity/Paganism  
Dec. 25 Christmas Day Christianity campus closed
Dec. 26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa African-American campus closed
Feb. 5 Lunar New Year Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism  
Mar. 6 Ash Wednesday Christianity  
March 20 Spring Equinox Paganism  
March 21 Holi Hinduism  
April 18 Maundy Thursday Christianity  
April 19 Good Friday Christianity campus closed
April 20-27 Passover Judaism yes, 1st 2 and last 2 days
April 21 Easter Christianity  
May 2 Yom HaShoah Judaism  
May 5-June 4 Ramadan Islam yes
May 19 Vesak Buddhism  
June 4-6 or 5-7 Eid al-Fitr Islam yes
Jewish and Muslim holidays begin in the evening on the first date listed.
Not all Muslims will recognize the listed dates; they may require direct observation of the moon.
Some cultures mark Buddhist holidays on different dates.