PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville students and the office of spiritual life will set aside special time to focus on our Christian heritage and the inherent spiritual focus of the campus family during Religious Emphasis Week, Nov. 8-13.
“Faith has the power to transform our lives and the totality of our communities. It is because of faith that UPIKE was founded and in this religious emphasis week we will hear from others who have made great impacts on their communities because of their faith,” said Rob Musick, university chaplain and instructor of religion. “Come join us for a great week of focus, celebration and invitation to have your faith grow into the transformational power of your life.” Spiritual life and the student sexual assault and prevention group will be showing a film and leading a discussion on the power of truth telling and advocating for others regarding the topic of sexual violence against women on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 7:37 p.m., in Booth Auditorium.
On Monday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 10, UPIKE will present the annual Carol Grizzard Browning lecture series. Buddhist monk, Robina Courtin, will discuss “Engaged Buddhism.” Since being ordained in the late 1970s, Courtin has worked with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) an organization devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide. She has served as editor of Buddhist publications and is a touring teacher. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films “Chasing Buddha” and “Key to Freedom.” The lectures will be held at 7 p.m., in Chrisman Auditorium, Armington Learning Center.
UPIKE students will be invited to the annual “Worship on the Hill,” celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The campus will welcome the Haiti Mission Team as they discuss and explore the needs of Haiti and the future of UPIKE’s partnership with Haiti. The 737 worship band will be performing and various students will participate in the service. The event will be held at 7 p.m., in Booth Auditorium, Record Memorial Building, level five.
On Thursday, Nov. 12, UPIKE will host a multi-religious panel in which various members of the Christian, Hindu, Mormon and Muslim traditions will be discussing how their religious practices inform their community involvement, their commitment to society and their deep commitment to social justice.
UPIKE students will be invited to participate in service projects throughout the day on Friday, Nov. 13, and make an impact on various community organizations.
To conclude the week’s activities, students will engage in the project Slum Survivor on Nov. 14-15, as they simulate slum living as a way to identify with the more than one billion poor who live in slums around the world.
For more information, contact Musick at (606) 218-5762 or [email protected]