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.

Diwali Observance - the Festival of Lights!

Look at the lights by the chapel, put out by the Multifaith Leadership Council for Diwali, the Festival of Lights, observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Muslims on November 14!

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Special Opportunities

Learn how to become an Interfaith Leader, helping lead interfaith engagement workshops for other students. Contact Marian Broida at mbroida@gustavus.edu.

Eid Mubarak

Dr. Marian Broida, Interfaith Program Coordinator mbroida@gustavus.edu

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 - 2021-2022
Dates Holiday Tradition Accomodations may be requested
June 19 Juneteenth Black American summer break
July 19-20 Eid al Adha Islam yes; summer break
Sept. 6-8 Rosh Hashanah Judaism yes
Sept 15-16 Yom Kippur Judaism yes
Sept. 20-27 Sukkot Judaism yes, 1st 2 and last 2 days
Sept. 22 Autumn Equinox Paganism  
Sept. 28-29 Simkhat Torah Judaism yes
Oct. 11 Indigenous Peoples Day Secular  
Oct. 31 Reformation Day Protestant Christianity  
Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Samhain Paganism  
Nov. 1 All Saints Day Christianity  
Nov. 4 (varies) Diwali Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism  
Nov 19-20 
Loy Krathong Thai Buddhist  
Nov. 28-Dec. 24
Advent Christianity  
Nov. 28--Dec. 6
Hanukkah Judaism  
Dec. 21 Yule/Solstice Christianity/Paganism campus closed
Dec. 25 Christmas Day Christianity campus closed
Dec. 26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa  Black American campus closed
Jan 7 Orthodox Christmas Orthodox Christianity   
Feb. 1 Lunar New Year Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism touring week
Mar. 2 Ash Wednesday Christianity  
Mar. 17-19 (varies) Holi
Hinduism
overlaps with spring break
March 20 Spring Equinox (Ostara) Paganism spring break
April 2-May 1 Ramadan Islam yes
April 14 Maundy Thursday Christianity  
April 15 Good Friday Christianity campus closed
April 15-23 Passover Judaism yes, 1st 2 and last 2 days
April 17 Easter Christianity campus closed
April 24 Orthodox Easter  Orthodox Christianity yes
April 27-28 Yom HaShoah Judaism  
May 1 Beltane Paganism  
May 2 (day) Eid al-Fitr Islam yes
May 15-16 (varies) Vesak Buddhistm  

Notes:
Many 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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