Interfaith event celebrates religion, culture

The Interfaith Art and Spring Open House was open to members of the Guilford community on Wednesday, April 11, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hut. The event featured a henna booth, a picnic table filled with art supplies, international music and Mediterranean food provided by Nazareth Bread.

Interfaith Art and Spring Open House presented members of the Guilford community with a way to celebrate and explore a variety of cultures and religions.

Greensboro resident Emine Vural managed the henna booth at the event and created a variety of designs for individuals who wanted henna tattoos.

“I’m a person who lived in different countries all my life,” said Vural. “I like to be a part of a culture and to show people what it’s like. We can be all a unit, one, and it doesn’t matter what you are or who you are.”

The Hut is a meeting place for a variety of faiths on campus, allowing groups to worship and discuss their beliefs in a judgement-free space. It is always open to students, faculty and staff members during the academic year.

“I never heard of interfaith before, but the event sounded fun and like a good opportunity to learn about different religions and end the semester on a good note,” said Early College student Aisha Maqbool.

The Hut is also the office of the head of campus ministry, who is available to meet and discuss situations, and uplifts people through means of reflection, meditation and prayer. The campus ministry emphasizes interfaith to celebrate Guilford’s religious diversity and give students meaningful worshipping opportunities.

“Guilford focused on diversity so I think it’s good to have this kind of diverse event. Let people know what is their culture,” said Japanese exchange student Mei Fujie.

Jewish Life Associate Corie Hampton was a part of organizing the event. She shared the thought process behind the event.

“We wanted to do something that represented different faiths of campus and bring them together,” said Hampton. “I think art brings everyone together. I think people love art so it’s a really cool way to get people to think about how we all have similarities through different faiths and traditions.”