It seems like wherever you look, you’ll find stories of religious strife and images of hatred and violence. It’s no wonder the narrative around religious difference is constantly about conflict. Let's come together to tell a different story.

Interfaith Programming at the Y

2017-2018 First Tuesday Interfaith Dialogue Series
YMCA of the University of Illinois

First Tuesdays at 7pm
University YMCA | Murphy Gallery
1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign 
(At the corner of Wright and Chalmers across from Lincoln Hall)
Let's come together to uncover our shared values, fellowship together, and build community through dialogue across religious, spiritual, and secular differences. 
All people of religious and non-religious philosophical traditions are welcome! Questions? Contact Ann Rasmus at
First Tuesday Interfaith Partners include: Illinois Interfaith Planning Committee,
Interfaith in Action, OIIR/Diversity and Social Justice Education,
University Housing, University YMCA

Interfaith In Action

Interfaith In Action, a student program of the University YMCA, works to bring together students of different faith backgrounds in community service and interfaith dialogue through programs such as the First Tuesday Interfaith Dialogue Series and Days of Interfaith Youth Service.

“Before I participated in interfaith dialogues, I was really afraid to voice my opinion until I experienced this safe space where I could feel comfortable saying that I don’t understand and asking others about their experiences,” 

-Shivali Patel, 2016 Intern For the University Y's Faith & Justice Initiative and member of Interfaith In Action, a student program of the University Y

A History of Interfaith at the Y

Faith has always been an important part of the mission and programming of the University YMCA. The Y has become a hub for student-led initiatives and community engagement around issues of faith, ethics, justice and equality. In 2008, staff proposed and the University YMCA's Board of Governors approved a set of new program initiatives, including Faith and Justice as a point of emphasis for our programming.

Recognizing that for many people their faith calls them to servie and work for justice, Y staff work to generate programs which connect faith with justice issues. The Y's building is often used to host interfaith action projects, as an example a Faithful Friend event organized near Thanksgiving brought memebers of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian congregations together to package meals for families in our community.

The Y is recognized as a safe, thoughtful interfaith space by both campus and community members. Following the tragic events of 911, the Y was an essential gathering place to talk, process and pray for students and faculty of all faiths.

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Questions? Contact Ann Rasmus, Associate Director of the University YMCA at or at 217-337-1500.