Coexist Gateway allows for students to meet people from a variety of faiths, religions, spiritual, and philosophical backgrounds to build bridges of understanding. College is a great time to explore what it means to live as a citizen of our diverse world and what it means to cooperate with one another in a multifaceted global community.
This Gateway inspires celebration of shared values. Coexist lets students experience first-hand how cooperation among people of all faiths and non-religious backgrounds helps make the world a better place!
WHO MAY APPLY?
Like all Leadership Gateways, the Coexist Gateway is open to all first-year students in Mary Baldwin’s undergraduate residential college, regardless of her intended major. A curiosity about the variety of global religions, world views, spiritual practices, and faith traditions is all that is required — regardless of whether she is a skeptic, a spiritual seeker, religiously devout, or not religious at all.
ARE THERE REQUIRED COURSES?
TAll students in the gateway will enroll in REL 130 Faith, Life, and Service, a dynamic interfaith dialogue course that integrates community service with reflective faith (or no faith) in practice.
WHAT HAPPENS OUTSIDE OF CLASS?
Students will also engage in many programming opportunities through the Office of the Chaplain, such as the Fall Faith Fair, the World Religions and Peacemaking Lecture, Quest speakers, trips to the synagogue and mosque, and Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week spiritual activities.
WHAT IS AVAILABLE BEYOND THE FIRST YEAR?
Students who decide to join the Quest program by the end of their first year not only will continue explorations into religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives, but will also have a head start on fulfilling the service and academic requirements for induction into Quest’s Honor Society, the Carpenter Society, whose members serve as advisors and mentors for other students. Carpenter Society members receive special regalia for graduation.