Subramanian: Religious conversations, not cliques

Sophomore Annu Subramanian, The Hatchet’s Contributing Opinions Editor, urges GW to create an Interfaith Services Center for students of all religions to come together and discuss their beliefs.

The hour is ripe with religious occurrence.

Today marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month-long fast from eating, drinking and sexual relations during daylight hours. It is meant to be a time of prayer and devotion to God.

Today is also Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Many Jews will spend time in synagogue, resolving to improve aspects of their lives during the new year.

Saturday is Ganesh Chaturathi, the Hindu celebration of the birth of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. Ganesh is the destroyer of obstacles and this day is observed through song, prayer and festivals.

Despite the frequency with which various religious celebrations and rituals take place on and around campus, GW students are deprived of a singular unifying forum to discuss and learn about not only their own religions, but the religions of others, as well.

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