Monday, September 12, 2011

Interfaith Service Project

In honor of the 10th anniversary of September 11, a small group of Gordon students spent this past Sunday packing meals for the hungry in Boston. Working along with college students from across the city of Boston, Gordon students participated in the interfaith service project with students from Harvard University’s Interfaith Council, the Harvard Secular Society, the Tufts Freethinkers Society, the Harvard Muslim Association, and others. The five Gordon students packaged around 10,000 food packets for Massachusetts families in need. Rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy, vitamins and spices were included in each pack.

This service project, says Gordon senior Zach Capalbo ’12, was “a show of religious solidarity and cooperation.” And thanks to the mix of people from all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds, the event was an invaluable experience for all.
The interfaith event’s Facebook page claims that the legacy of 9/11 calls for the diverse sectors of the world to “act together on our shared values.” In this time of global tension, “the voices of religious and political division are loud and clear.” The question we must ask ourselves is “How can we make louder ‘the voices of inclusion?’” to help those in need this anniversary. Five Gordon students answered that question for themselves this weekend, and simultaneously showed love to thousands of needy families.

Story by Gordon student Rebekah Connell ’15, an English major from New York and student writer for the Office of College Communications.

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