The President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge has been implemented by President Obama to encourage interfaith cooperation and community service, also known as "interfaith service". Interfaith service involves people from different religious and non-religious backgrounds tackling specific community challenges together.
The Challenge provides Truman students the opportunity to get involved with the Kirksville community and engage in service projects among a diverse environment of religious and non-religious students. This uniting of faith-based organizations provides a unique opportunity for interfaith dialogue where students can discuss different values, traditions, and beliefs while serving our community.
The Challenge has been brought to Truman to help students develop a commitment to service, appreciate the contributions of diversity to our democracy, and learn transferable skills that will enhance their abilities as neighbors and citizens.
"The particular faith that motivates each of us can promote a greater good for all of us. Instead of driving us apart, our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what has broken; to lift up those who have fallen on hard times."
President Barack Obama –
Truman State University has accepted President Obama’s Interfaith Challenge by creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere for students to explore and understand different religions and ideologies. Truman responded to the President’s challenge by opening the Interfaith Center on campus.
The Interfaith Center, located in Kirk Building 116, provides a space for religious organizations, individual students, and faculty to meet, meditate, and practice their ideologies in a safe, open environment. The center is equipped with tables and chairs allowing for meetings of student religious organizations, lockers for students to place their organization’s supplies, a growing library of texts about spirituality and different faiths and a meditation room that can be used for reflection, meditation or prayer.
For pictures and more info on the center, please see the Interfaith Center page.