Better Together Week 2018

Better Together Week #BetterTogetherMU

This is an archived page showing a past year's program. See this year's program.

Miami supports Better Together Day, an annual event organized on colleges and universities across the U.S., headed by the national nonprofit organization Interfaith Youth Core. Students come together to learn about faith and meaning-making traditions other than their own, to identify common values, and to collaborate on community service projects.

In 2018, Better Together Day is April 10. Here at Miami, we will celebrate with a week of activities, April 9-15, focused on interfaith understanding and social justice.

Schedule of Events - 2018

Monday, April 9

4:00 p.m., 128 McGuffey Hall
Better Together: Sharing the Symbols That Define Us

Bring an object/symbol that holds sacred, secular, spiritual, or religious meaning to you, and share your story about its relevance with others. This is a sharing and listening experience; it is not designed to change someone’s beliefs. It is relational in that we share our lives and listen mindfully, with self-awareness.

Sponsors: Mindfulness & Contemplative Inquiry Center; Educational Leadership

6:00-8:00 p.m., Crossroads Oxford Outpost (406 E Withrow St.)
Undivided Kick-Off Event

This is the kick-off to a six-week program dedicated to fostering conversation and reconciliation around race in our community. Over the six weeks, attendees will meet in heterogeneous groups to move through a guided curriculum that includes video teaching from keynote speakers like Brian Tome and Chuck Mingo, as well as on-site presenters and group leaders.

Help make this night the beginning of a series of conversations that challenge bias and foster authentic communication about what we can do to challenge prejudice and racial disparities in the world around us right now.

Sponsor: Crossroads Oxford

Tuesday, April 10

7:00 p.m., Bystrom Room (Shriver Center)
Deliberate Dining Party

Join students, faculty, staff, and community members for an “intentional dinner party.” Eat delicious Mediterranean food, and participate in table discussions about topics related to identity and interfaith and social justice.

Register for the dinner

Sponsors: Hillel at Miami University; Oxford Presbyterian Church; Office of Community Engagement and Service

Wednesday, April 11

2:30-4:30 p.m., Oxford Lane Library
Interfaith Dialogue on Civic Activism and Mindful Living

Hear from four faith leaders/activists: Rev. Dr. Donald K. Gillett (Lexington, KY), Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia (Columbus, OH), Darsheel Kaur (Dayton, OH), and Rev. Scott Elliott (Mt. Vernon, OH). Panelists will talk about the ways they engage in mindful living, and they will answer questions about how their faith informs their activism for social justice and peace.

Sponsors: EDL 685; Office of Diversity Affairs; Mindfulness & Contemplative Inquiry Center

Thursday, April 12

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., The Seal (outside)
Yom Ha'shoah Reading of the Names

People from across campus and in the community will read names of those who perished in the Holocaust.

Sponsor: Hillel at Miami University

4:00-10:00 p.m., Cincinnati (various locations)
Exploring Religious Difference through Art and Architecture

Open to 10 students. Come along on a tour of four different places of worship (Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, and Muslim) in the Cincinnati area. We'll spend about a half hour exploring each location, followed by dinner and discussion.

Interested in coming? Contact Ziva Shachar.

Sponsor: EDL 685

7:00 p.m., 152 Shideler Hall
Film Screening: Arranged

Arranged is a film about two young women--one an Orthodox Jew, the other a Muslim--who meet and become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year, they learn that they share much in common, not least of which is that they are both preparing for arranged marriages.

This free film screening will be followed by discussion. Food will be served.

Sponsor: Comparative Religion Student Association

Friday, April 13

5:00 p.m., 102 Benton Hall
Keynote address: Pastor Chris Edmonds

Note: This event was erroneously publicized as starting at 5:30 p.m. The event begins at 5:00 p.m.

Chris Edmonds's father fought in WWII and journaled the experience. Upon his father's death, Pastor Edmonds discovered the journals, which tell a remarkable story of his father saving many lives during the Holocaust. Pastor Edmonds will share the story through video, conversation, and Q&A.

This program serves as a culmination of both Better Together Week and the annual Genocide and Holocaust Education Programming.

Sponsor: Hillel at Miami University

6:30 p.m., Club Lounge (Goggin Ice Center)
Hillel Shabbat Dinner

Immediately following Chris Edmonds's talk in Benton Hall at 5:00, all are invited to share a Shabbat dinner in the Club Lounge at Goggin Ice Center, starting at 6:30.

Sponsor: Hillel at Miami University

Sunday, April 15

5:00-7:00 p.m., Memorial Park (uptown)
Interfaith Fest

Enjoy free food and entertainment by student and community groups on the main stage, as you browse information tables for student groups representing a variety of religious, secular, and spiritual perspectives. There will be arts and crafts, door prizes, and community fellowship.

Sponsor: Interfaith Center/Interfaith Council