Office of Multifaith Engagement

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.

-John Wesley
Founder of the Methodist Church, and Illinois Wesleyan's namesake

Welcome

Welcome to the Office of Multifaith Engagement (OME)! Housed in Evelyn Chapel, our office celebrates and supports the diversity of worldviews present at Illinois Wesleyan - religious, spiritual, and secular. Through multifaith programming, student organizations, and a team of professional and student leaders, we seek to provide a venue for asking meaningful questions - including questions about who we are and what we are for. Whatever beliefs and practices you bring, we are here to support you on your journey.

Our home in Evelyn Chapel is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. There are always spaces available to study, gather for conversation, or make a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.    Come visit us anytime!

 

Upcoming Programs & Events

About Us 

IWU is a multicultural and multi-religious community, and the Office of Multifaith Engagement (OME) at Evelyn Chapel celebrates the religious and secular diversity of today’s students, faculty, and staff. Diverse beliefs, convictions, and spiritual practices are welcome here as are a diversity of questions. Questions—about who we are and what we are for—are perennial in and for the liberal arts tradition. The OME, through weekly programming and special events, seeks to provide a venue for asking those questions, and works at the crossroads of intellectual exploration, spiritual reflection, community service, and interfaith dialogue.

Illinois Wesleyan University is home to a wide range of religious and spiritual programs. A number of Registered Student Organizations represent different faith traditions. The Office of Multifaith Engagement supports the work of these Registered Student Organizations and offers programming exploring and practicing faith and spirituality, interfaith community, and social justice. The OME is also home to the Multifaith Ambassador Program, a unique leadership program for students who represent a variety of religious and non-religious perspectives and beliefs, and who are passionate about understanding and engaging religious diversity on campus, in their own communities, and in the world.

Evelyn Chapel is a welcoming place to just come and be. During the school year, the Chapel is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. There are always spaces available to study, gather for conversation, or make a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

Elyse Nelson Winger, Associate Dean of Students and Chaplain, is also here to offer spiritual support and care for students, faculty, and staff. Her office is located in Holmes 103A.  Students may call (309-556-3179) or email (enelsonw@iwu.edu) to make an appointment. The Office of Multifaith Engagement is a Safe Zone for LGBQA TGNC students.

 

groupLaunched in Fall 2013, The Multifaith Ambassador Program is a unique leadership program for students who represent a variety of religious and non-religious perspectives and beliefs, and who are passionate about understanding and engaging religious diversity on campus, in their own communities, and in the world.  Working collaboratively with one another, Ambassadors build and create interfaith community through weekly programming like Multifaith Hour and ReligiosiTEA, as well as special events throughout the year.  Participation in this leadership program includes the willingness to respectfully engage multiple worldviews and traditions, and seek places of both common and contested ground for the sake of learning, cooperation and action. Ambassadors have the opportunity to learn more about their own beliefs and to explore what interfaith means within their traditions, and to deepen their understandings of global citizenship, justice, and peace in a pluralistic world. Ambassadors also have the opportunity to participate in leadership development across campus and at conferences throughout the year. 

Programs and initiatives for 2020-2021 include:

  • Attendance at Interfaith Youth Core's Virtual Interfaith Leadership Institute in September 2020
  • Harvesting Help: An Interfaith Service Day in October 2020
  • the release of new Encounters podcast episodes and blog posts
  • weekly leadership of ReligiosiTEA and Meditation/Self-Care Mondays

The Office of Multifaith Engagement also facilitates opportunities for students to serve locally and nationally and explore issues of diversity and social justice through our Alternative Break program. Since 2012, students have worked with: Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge in Alabama, Texas, Georgia and West Virginia; Tree of Life Relief Agency at Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota; and Appalachia Service Project in Kentucky.  Interfaith Engagement and Service trips to Chicago have also been offered for Fall Breaks in October.   

asbgroupphotoAlternative Spring Break: TBD

For years, IWU's Alternative Spring Break program has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and its national Collegiate Challenge Program.   Thousands of students from colleges and universities from across the United States spend a week in March building and repairing homes in urban and rural locations alike.  Last March, students and staff traveled to North Carolina!  For highlights from the trip, visit the IWU news article here