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 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. 

Welcome to our first Interfaith Fellows!

This fall Gustavus is inaugurating a new program to deepen interfaith engagement on campus. Three first-year students from diverse religious traditions will work with the Chaplains' Office and participate in the Multifaith Leadership Council to strengthen interreligious understanding across campus. They will help develop programming and education that strengthens appreciative knowledge of different religious traditions and worldviews. 

Dr. Marian Broida, Interfaith Program Coordinator

marianDr. Broida has taught Bible and other religion courses 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 students to learn about their own and others' religious traditions through both coursework and extracurricular events. Twice she organized and co-led a campus Seder at Gustavus for approximately 200 students, faculty, and others, with the help of students in Jewish Studies courses. As Multifaith Leadership Council advisor, she works with students from multiple different religions and worldviews to promote interreligious understanding.

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Multifaith Holiday Calendar - 2018-2019
Dates Holiday Tradition Accomodations may be requested
Aug. 10-11 Eid al Adha Islam yes
Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Rosh Hashanah Judaism yes
Oct. 8-9 Yom Kippur Judaism yes
Oct. 13-20 Sukkot Judaism yes, 1st 2 and last 2 days
Oct. 21-22 Simkhat Torah Judaism yes
Oct.25-29 (varies) Diwali Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism  
Oct. 31 Reformation Day Protestant Christianity  
Nov. 1 All Saints Day Christianity  
Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Samhain Paganism  
Dec. 1-24 Advent Christianity  
Dec. 22-30 Hanukkah Judaism campus closed
Dec. 21 Yule/Solstice Christianity/Paganism campups closed
Dec. 25 Christmas Day Christianity campus closed
Dec. 26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa African-American campus closed
Jan. 25 Lunar New Year Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism  
Feb. 26 Ash Wednesday Christianity  
March 9-10 Holi Hinduism  
March 20 Spring Equinox Paganism  
April 8-16 Passover Judaism yes, 1st 2 and last 2 days
April 9 Maundy Thursday Christianity campus closed
April 10 Good Friday Christianity campus closed
April 12 Easter Christianity campus closed
April 19 Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christianity  
April 20-21 Yom HaShoah Judaism  
April 23-May 23 Ramadan Islam yes
May 7 Vesak Buddhism  
May 23-24 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.

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