Fall 2021 International Interfaith Celebration

Fall 2021 IE&IFC Events

Events below have been completed

Interfaith Opening Ceremony

Monday, November 15th at 12:00 p.m. (PST)

We invite you to join the International Education & Interfaith Week Opening Ceremony on November 15th organized by the UWest Chaplaincy Club. A special ceremony of remembrance and healing will begin the week by hanging personalized messages of gratitude, remembrance, joy, healing, and resilience

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Vegetarian Snacks

Monday, November 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm (PST)

Join the community immediately following the opening ceremony for a delicious vegetarian snack-fest!

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Healing Tree

Starting Tuesday, November 16th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm (PST),

and goes all week.

Leave your messages of Loving kindness under the healing tree and feel the power of nature turn its Love on your thoughts as the wind carries your words of kindness around the world.

- Choose a card

- Write a dedication

- The name of someone to honor by remembering

- A Poem, A Koan, Advice to Live by

- Tie a ribbon to your message

- Choose a limb, & carefully hang your message

- Watch Nature take it’s course

- Was it good? Come back as many times as you like

Click on the tree to read the messages that were hung on the healing tree.

Chaplaincy Speaker: Mona Younes, Ph.D

Monday, November 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 pm (PST) On Zoom

Join Speaker: Mona Younes, Ph.D. in Education and Social Justice from Lancaster University, UK, and current CEO of Beyond Borders as she presents a talk and discussion on the "Contributions of the Islamic Civilization".

Tea on Tuesdays with Jessica Zheng

Tuesday, November 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm (PST)

Tea on Tuesday with Jessica Zheng is a weekly Campus Chaplaincy Service offered by UWest’s Campus Chaplain Intern Jessica Zheng, who is a Doctorate of Buddhist Ministry (DBMin) student. Drop by to unwind, relax, and engage in delightful conversation. Or, just sit in silence in a judgment-free zone. Everyone is welcome. Tea and snacks will be available.

Interfaith Rituals: Light Offerings, Fire & Water Rituals

Tuesday, November 16th from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm (PST)

Students will perform two rituals blended from different religious traditions. These rituals will express our connection with our natural environment through the elements of fire, light, and water. These rituals celebrate our common human experience through religious differences. All are welcome.

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Zooming Out: A Social Action Art Piece

Wednesday, November 17th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 pm (PST)

Join us for a fully dimensional art experience! No art skills are required. Instructor Jenny Hannah and Expressive Arts students offer a socially engaged afternoon as we string our masks together inside a 6'x6' square. If possible, please bring one or more (used) face masks to weave in solidarity with global health. Social Action Art encourages engagement around social or political issues, and in this case, raises awareness around how the health crisis has shaped our social psychology. Conversation and live human connection is a natural by-product of this art piece, so please come and go as you wish!

Community Drum Circle

Wednesday, November 17th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm (PST)

Join us in making a healing sound for the community, everyone can experience healing of the mind, body, and soul because a drum circle is any group of people playing (usually) hand-drums and percussion in a circle. They are distinct from a drumming group or troupe in that the drum circle is an end onto itself rather than preparation for a performance. The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. Bring your own drums or use one of ours, drums and percussion will be provided, Invite your friends and family to join us everyone is welcome.

Film Screenings, Spotlight: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Wednesday, November 17th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm (PST)

"5,712 Indigenous women were reported missing in 2016 and now we have lost count". In honor of the healing and resilience theme for Interfaith Week, and in coordination with the Remembrance Exhibition in Ken Locke Hall, the Chaplaincy students will be hosting a video and chat event in the Rec Room on the evening of November 17th. All are invited to come to learn about this centuries-old issue that is still destroying families in the US and internationally. Refreshments will be served.

Join on Zoom with the following link:


Meeting ID: 893 3604 8266

Passcode: 760698

Voices of Change

Thursday, November 18th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 pm (PST)

In this event, we are going to have several students presenting their challenges and healing experience during the pandemic. Our goal is to be "hear" as a way to heal and connect while normalizing the experiences with others.

Learn about the challenges and how the healing and resilience of our experiences during the pandemic have made us stronger through the voices of our UWest Students. A joint project from the students of Sociology 100 & Service Learning 100 classes for International Education & Interfaith Week.

Presentations will be held in the classroom ED-300B

Tamales in Support of our UWest Food and Warm Clothing Drive

Thursday, November 18th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm (PST)

UWest has traditionally supported the local community through food and warm clothing drives for the holidays and this year is no different. The Office of Student Life and Residential Life are teaming up to place drive boxes around campus. Please bring your donations of canned and non-perishable food items and/or warm clothing (used jackets sweaters and such) that could benefit the low-income and homeless population in our area.

As a special bonus, if you donate, at any time during the week, you can come on Thursday, November 18th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm (PST) at the Founder’s Courtyard and get a free tamale as a reward for your generosity. Thank you for your donations.

Self Defense Workshop with Grandmaster Raymond Wong

Thursday, November 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm (PST)

UWest is excited to present a free self-defense workshop by Grandmaster Raymond Wong on Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm Pacific Time in UWest’s Recreation Center.

Grandmaster Wong began training in martial arts at the age of seven and has been teaching for six decades. He is a pillar of the Rosemead community and a staunch supporter of UWest, with a number of faculty, staff, students, and alumni studying martial arts under him.

Grandmaster Wong will be teaching practical self-defense techniques that anyone can learn and apply. Everyone is welcomed (although the workshop is most suitable for participants between the ages of 8 and 65).

This special offering is sponsored by the UWest Kung Fu Club. Please sign up by emailing fongs@uwest.edu.

Bodhi Tree Planting Ceremony

Friday, November 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm (PST)

UWest cordially invites the UWest community and beyond to attend a special Bodhi Tree Planting Ceremony, hosted and organized by the Department of Religious Studies and REL Graduate Council, on Friday, November 19, at 10 am.

The Bodhi Tree is an important symbol in Buddhism, as it was under this tree that the historical Buddha achieved awakening. Planting trees is also a metaphor for many other traditions. As such, this ceremony is included in the weeklong International Education & Interfaith Week celebration at UWest.

Everyone is welcome.

Special "Tea with President" Guest Speaker Brian Biery

Friday, November 19th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 pm (PST)

The next “Tea with President” event will feature special guest speaker, Brian Biery, a well-known local community organizer, and documentary photographer.

Mr. Biery’s advocacy work has been particularly impactful in Pasadena and surrounding areas. His latest work tackles the homeless issue that has dominated recent headlines. Titled, “We Are All Neighbors,” Mr. Biery’s work puts the spotlight on stories of transformation and resilience.

UWest is pleased to have Mr. Biery speak on this topic, as well as other issues, on Friday, November 19 at 3:00 pm in the auditorium. Everyone is welcome. No registration is required.

Moon Meditation

Friday, November 19th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm (PST)

Join UWest doctoral student, Mark Ragsdale, Wellness Center & Residential Life for a moon-lit evening of centering & relaxing guided breathwork meditation. Participants will select a complimentary crystal that represents an attribute or experience they hope to manifest as they are led to privately write about that which no longer serves them & they wish to release.

Dress in warm comfortable layers & bring a yoga mat or towel _/\_

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ZOOM ID: 9580-1015-176

PASSCODE: 532002

Trans Day Remembrance Vigil

Saturday, November 20th from at 4:30 pm (PST)

Every year in the US, dozens of people with trans and other gender-variant identities (including transgender, non-binary, two-spirit, gender-queer, gender fluid, etc.) are murdered in the US, simply for being who they are. These crimes receive little attention or resources and nearly always remain unsolved. On November 20th of each year, those lost to violence are honored. As part of Interfaith Week, This year, UWest Rainbow Lotus will be hosting a vigil in Ken Locke Hall to speak their names and remember their faces.

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Meeting ID: 860 7925 7897

Passcode: 499911