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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 23, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 23
Religious Awareness Days Begin Sunday on Homewood Campus

Sunday, Feb. 29, will mark the start of the third annual religious awareness days, Open Hands Open Hearts, a series of events on the Homewood campus fostering open discussion on matters of faith. Events are scheduled through Tuesday, March 9.

Presented by the Religious Awareness Days Steering Committee, Open Hands Open Hearts is produced under the auspices of Campus Ministries and is the result of a collaborative effort of the Interfaith Council, Campus Ministries and student representatives from a variety of Johns Hopkins faith organizations.

The following events are open to students, faculty and staff and will take place at the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center unless otherwise noted. For more information, call the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center at 410-261-1880.

Sunday, Feb. 29, 6 p.m. Open Your Eyes Banquet: "Repentance, Reflection and Resurrection: The Holy Season of Lent." This event is hosed by the Jewish Student Association with the Hopkins Catholic Community discussing themes of fasting, penance and spiritual renewal that are central to the Lenten season, the Catholic Church's holiest time of the year. A catered kosher meal will be served.

Monday, March 1, 7 p.m. Lecture by Charles Kimball, chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University. Kimball will discuss "When Religion Becomes Evil," the title of his book that was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the top 15 books on religion in 2002.

Tuesday, March 2, noon to 2 p.m. Meditation Tools & Toys. Great Hall, Levering. Try out a few of the tools and toys available for meditation and relaxation, such as a lap-top labyrinth or a mandala for coloring.

Tuesday, March 2, 7 p.m. Spiritual Taboo Game Show Night. Contestants will guess words related to spirituality, faith and religion. Prizes will be awarded and there will be plenty of snacks. Hosted by the Interfaith Council.

Wednesday, March 3, 7 p.m. Panel discussion about religious pluralism. Using as a backdrop Harvard theologian Diana Eck's pivotal book Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras, JHU Campus Ministries in partnership with the MSE/Sheridan Libraries' Diversity Committee will present "Pluralism Applied: Practicing Faith in a Global Society." The discussion will focus on the practical applications of religious pluralism and will explore the personal and spiritual impact of living one's faith while embracing religious diversity.

Thursday, March 4, 8 to 10 p.m. The Cultural Coffee House. Relax with a cup of coffee and a delicious dessert while Hopkins participants showcase their musical and poetic talent. Presented by the Interfaith Council. To perform, contact Barkha Gurbani at

Friday, March 5, 1:15 p.m. Muslim Juma'h Prayer Service. Muslims' weekly Juma'h service offers a reminder of the ultimate goal in life: worshiping and obeying God. The 45-minute service consists of an insightful lecture followed by a short prayer.

Friday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. Chinese Shabbat Dinner. All faiths are encouraged to join in this unique experience of Shabbat dining.

Sunday, March 7, 11 a.m. Hindu Aarthi. The Hindu Student Council invites all to its weekly prayer called Aarthi, an illustration of the Hindu faith. It includes fire, which represents purity, and the singing of a traditional hymn. The service lasts approximately 20 minutes and will be followed by a discussion of Hindu philosophy.

Sunday, March 7, 11 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass celebrated by Father Thomas Ryan. Members of the Hopkins Catholic Community will be ready to explain the symbolism and ritual of this 2,000-year-old religion. Doughnuts served after mass.

Sunday, March 7, 1 p.m. Stepping Stones Service. Presented by the college ministry of Grace Life Church, an evangelical Christian ministry.

Sunday, March 7, 8 p.m. The Gathering. University Baptist Church, 3501 N. Charles St. A weekly contemporary worship service led by college students specifically for college students. The college pastor, Jamie Sipsma, gives a message, and the music team leads singing and worship. Messages, relevant art, poetry and multimedia also are used in providing a safe and open place in which to experience God.

Tuesday, March 9, 6 p.m. "Faith in Nonviolence: How Faith Helps Us to Respond Nonviolently." In conjunction with JHU Season for Nonviolence, a panel of campus ministers will discuss faith as a tool for peace. Pizza will be served following the discussion.


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