Still Speaking: Conversations on Faith, Elmhurst's yearlong series of dialogues about religion, builds on a long tradition of interfaith engagement and involvement at the College. Through academic programs, special events and more, questions of faith and service are woven throughout the Elmhurst Experience.
Interfaith dialogue. The College’s annual Holocaust Education Project brings prominent scholars to campus to speak about perpetrators, rescuers, Holocaust denial and more. Interfaith dialogue is an important curricular component of the Department of Religious Studies. The Niebuhr Medal, the College’s highest honor, has been awarded to humanitarians of different faiths. And the College has long held a series of religious lectures featuring scholars and speakers from Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, UCC and other faith traditions.
Service. Elmhurst welcomes first-year students with Big Questions, an innovative orientation program that encourages students to think about their connections with the larger society, and to act in a way that acknowledges and helps a world in need. Each term, several hundred Elmhurst College students engage in meaningful service-learning projects in nearby communities and abroad. Whether teaching music in Jamaica, serving food to the needy, providing health care to the indigent or building houses in New Orleans, our students make lasting contributions to communities across the world.
Field study. Students studying world religions in Chicago travel to churches, mosques, synagogues and temples around the region. Students and faculty also work with inter-religious groups such as the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based nonprofit that promotes religious pluralism and communication.
Student activities. Several student groups and administrative offices at Elmhurst support interfaith dialogue, including the Spiritual Life Council, the Chaplain’s Office and the Niebuhr Center. And the Student Government Association sponsors food drives and other efforts to help people of diverse faiths in need.