Interfaith Certification




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Program Description
The certificate encourages student exploration of the faiths of others in light of the student’s own religious identity both in and beyond the classroom. Certification is awarded once program requirements are met. Completion may occur at any point during a student’s enrollment at Lebanon Valley College.

Certification Coordinators
               Matthew Sayers, Ph.D.
               Assistant Professor of Religion

               Rev. Paul Fullmer, Ph.D.
               Director of Community Service

               Rabbi Paula Reimers
               Congregation Beth Israel

Program Requirements
To be completed in the course of one’s time as an LVC student, not necessarily within the course of a single academic year.

      •    Discuss interest in the program with a certification coordinator.
      •    Submit application to the Interfaith Certification Program.
      •    Participate in eight interfaith opportunities at LVC. 
      •    Submit reflections for eight LVC-sponsored interfaith opportunities (provided at events).
      •    Complete one approved course within the Department of Religion and Philosophy.
      •    Summarize and reflect upon a short, scholarly article in conversation with a certification coordinator.
      •    Write a concluding reflection on the personal impact of your involvement in the program.

Program Benefits
Upon completion, the student will receive a formal certificate as well as special interfaith prize/award at the annual Student Affairs Dessert Banquet. Recipients are:
      •    noted on the student’s LVC Job Center Profile, 
      •    listed on the LVC Web site,
      •    honored in LVC’s printed Commencement Program upon the graduation.

Interfaith Opportunities at LVC
      •    Sustained Interfaith Dialogues
      •    IFYC’s Interfaith Leadership Institute (equivalent to three certification programs; financial aid available)
      •    Scheduled tours of local houses of worship
      •    Scheduled trips to local worship experiences
      •    Interfaith Service Projects

Approved Interfaith Courses
               REL 120: Religion in America
               A study of the origin and development of religious expression in America with special 
               emphasis on issues of religious diversity.
               REL 140: Encountering World Religions
               Examines the beliefs and practices of major religious traditions and movements. 
               REL 202: Comparative Scriptures
               Familiarizes students with a variety of religious texts from several religious traditions.

Select Partner Congregations
               Hari Temple
               301 Steigerwalt Hollow Rd
               New Cumberland, PA 17070
               (717) 774-7750

               Blue Mountain Lotus Society
               6496 Jonestown Rd
               Harrisburg, PA 17112
               (717) 671-5057

               St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
               125 Spruce St
               Annville, PA 17003
               (717) 867-7471

               Congregation Beth Israel
               411 S 8th St
               Lebanon, PA 17042
               (717) 273-2669

               Lebanon Valley Mosque
               1300 Florence Street
               Lebanon, PA 17042
               (717) 273-5423

               First United Methodist Church
               520 East Birch Street
               Palmyra, PA 17078
               (717) 838-2551

               Christ Church UCC
               200 S. White Oak Street
               Annville, PA 17003
               (717) 867-1641

               Pennsylvania Non-believers
               P.O. Box 702
               York, PA 17405
               (717) 467-1266