Interfaith Council

  • As an interfaith council, we realize how important it is for students to develop not only academically, but also spiritually. Students and employees are always welcome to approach campus ministers as they have questions or seek to grow in their faith tradition.

    Healing Garden

    Every fall, in Wallwork Courtyard, students, employees, and members of the community are invited to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs in remembrance or support of a loved one. When the flowers bloom in the spring, it will serve as a symbol of hope and healing. Attendees are also encouraged to sign the Healing Garden Journal and leave behind a message or a few words about the person they are commemorating. You can read through the pages of the Healing Garden Journal. For those who will be unable to attend, you can make a request for a planting through the form.

    Healing Garden Flowers and Sign

    Memorial GardenMemorial Service

    In the spring, a memorial service for those members who were lost from the IUP community is hosted by the Interfaith Council.

    Students enjoying ice cream Get the Scoop

    Every fall semester, the Interfaith Council hosts the “Get the Scoop” ice cream social aimed at connecting students to available religious programs, speaking together on behalf of human dignity, encouraging positive stereotype-free dialogue between faiths, and supporting students in crisis situations.

    IUP Peace Pledge

    “Peace begins with individuals, and we at the IUP Interfaith Council would like to spread that message and create awareness in the community that peace is something each of us can influence in our daily actions,” said Rev. Joan Sabatino, president of the Interfaith Council. Students and faculty are encouraged to take the IUP Pledge. 

    Seeking Spiritual and Religious Support

    Anyone from the IUP community is welcome to contact the Interfaith Council for spiritual and religious support. If you do not see your faith tradition represented in our membership, we may be able to identify someone who can assist you in seeking support from your faith tradition. Find out more about Recognized Campus Ministers, IFC Member Organizations, and Community Worship Centers Affiliated with Interfaith Council.