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The Office for Global Peace and Spirituality is a space where Westminster students, faculty, and staff can come together to advocate for a more peaceful world. The office promotes the spiritual growth of our community by empowering individuals and engaging in projects that promote prosperity and positive change. Students are welcome to drop by for weekly open-space conversations to connect with people from all backgrounds and beliefs.

Office Goals

  • Create compassionate, global-minded peacemakers who are changing the world.
  • Encourage respect for diverse people and their perspectives.
  • Cultivate a healthy and equitable campus community.

Contact

Shaw Student Center, L4
globalpeaceandspirituality@westminstercolllege.edu
801.832.2232

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Finding Our Way in the World

Our mission is to serve as a hub where people can come together and share diverse perspectives. We hope to advance our community’s understanding of the world by creating a safe space where people can actively listen to each other.

Our Transformation

The Office for Global Peace and Spirituality was previously known as the Spiritual Life Office. During the 2017–18 academic year, a student initiative began to expand this inclusive campus resource. The office’s mission, which had supported and connected students with faith communities, expanded to include the globally minded discourse we see today.
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Meet the Team

Rebecca Blanton is a student pursuing a customized major in peace and conflict studies. She is passionate about connecting and collaborating with students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds and beliefs on Westminster's campus.

Obaid Barakzai is an international political economy customized major and a polyglot. He is always excited to meet people of different cultures and ways of being.

Programs

The Office for Global Peace and Spirituality offers a variety of programs that help spark meaningful conversations in our campus community. The office also supports student-led clubs and initiatives to further encourage global responsibility.

MLK Celebration Unity Luncheon

The Office for Global Peace and Spirituality co-hosts the MLK Celebration's Unity Luncheon with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion every year. This luncheon is an opportunity for the Westminster community to come together and discuss diversity, community, and engagement.

Global Peace and Spirituality Lecture Series

Guests are invited to speak on topics related to peace-building and conflict resolution with the hope that our community members will understand their individual role in creating equality.

Westminster and India Service Project

Since 2009, the Westminster and India project has provided our community with the opportunity to develop partnerships across international and cultural lines.

Empowering Global-Minded Peacemakers Conference

This conference is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to engage in issues related to global peace and spirituality while having meaningful conversations about advancing the process of personal, community, national, and international peace.

Coexist Café

Coexist cafés happen at least once every semester. Campus members get a chance to share their beliefs and cultures through panels and conversation.

Open-Space Conversations

The office hosts weekly student-led gatherings in the office that are open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Respect Week

Respect Week is the annual fall celebration to promote respect in our community. Students are encouraged to sign the pledge for respect every year in the Shaw Student Center.

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Faith-based and Interfaith Clubs

Griffins For the Greater Good
Hillel for Utah
International Student Association
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Latter-day Saint Student Association

learn more about clubs

Upcoming Events

Creating Inclusive Utah Campuses through Innovation

Oct 8, 2020

The GPS Office (Global Peace & Spirituality) on Westminster campus has received a second grant this year from the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). This one, in conjunction with UVU, BYU, and Snow College, is to encourage faculty and staff to engage in difference along spiritual and religious worldviews to build a more welcoming campus community. Over the summer more than 80 participants signed up to read the book, “Out of Many Faiths, Religious Diversity and the American Promise” by Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core. This was sponsored by an IGD Grant from our campus and the earlier IFYC Courageous Pluralism grant. Many who could not participate in the virtual book group over the summer wanted to in the fall and so we now have two sessions ready to start October 1st.

October 1, 8, 15. There will be two different sessions for the book group, 12 noon, and 4 pm. Please choose a time that works best for you and let Michael Santarosa, msantarosa@westminstercollege.edu or Jan Saeed, jsaeed@westminstercollege.edu , know which you would like to join. We have books for those that want to participate.

October 22, 29, and November 5th. There will be a second or follow-up book group on a new book entitled; “Christian Hospitality, Muslim Immigration, in an age of fear.” You do not have to have participated in the first read to sign up for this second book read but you can do both if you like! We have 25 books to give out for this read on a first come basis!

On September 21st, at noon, the collaborators from the four campuses will give a brief introduction to the reasons and needs for increasing inclusivity of the religious and spiritual worldviews on our campuses and hope anyone who wishes to participate in the books groups might join in the virtual ½ hour presentation followed by Q & A. You don’t have to be signed up for the book groups to join this noon zoom.

We look forward to some positive community building, innovating, inclusion building conversations!

Jan Saeed
Director of the Office for Global Peace & Spirituality
Westminster College

Ellie Anders Thompson
Reflection Center Coordinator
Utah Valley University

Fernando Montano
Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Snow College
Andy Reed
Assistant Professor Church History, Fellow of Religious Outreach Council, Brigham Young University

Please email jsaeed@westminstercollege.edu for the Zoom links.

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