Last week the Religion and Spiritual Life Office invited community members to talk about their experiences with alcohol and drugs as well as partying on a college campus. While partying can be an important part of college culture it often goes with drinking which while illegal the majority of campus, still happens, and plays an important role in creating friendships, bonding, and more. Often students who choose not to partake in these activities feel alienated and feel that they cannot participate in a big part of campus culture, due to respect for their spiritual and religious culture. This is the space in which this conversation took place. How does one negotiate the different cultural beliefs and expectations as a person of faith and a college student. The OMA asked a represenative from the Office of Religious Life to give their take on the conversation that took place last week. Here is what a representative had to say.
Diamond Henry, an intern at the Office of Religious life said this “On Wednesday, February 11, the Committee for Spiritual and Religious Life hosted a inter-religious/inter-spiritual discussion on drugs and partying. It focused on how different religious or spiritual groups view Drugs, Alcohol and Partying. During the conversation, we explored different Bible and Koran verses that covered the topic. We realized both were saying the same thing, not that we shouldn’t drink, party or do drugs, but that you should know your limits. The conversation was much less what the text said about drinking, and more about how we interpreted them and how we put them into practice. Our conversation included topics like how do we know our limits, when do you know you have gone too far, and how do we do these things without straying away from God and our beliefs. Next Month, Wednesday, March 18, the Committee of Spiritual and Religious Life will also be hosting another discussion on the question: ‘What Makes Me Spiritual and /or Religious?’”
There will be more discussions on interfaith and inter spiritual topics happening throughout the semester.