Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) members Danielle Johnson and Crystal Davis read to children at Spaght Elementary School Tuesday afternoon.
The reading was for WSU’s Spiritual Wellness Week—a weeklong event to promote religious understanding on campus.
The weeklong series of events is co-sponsored by OMA and Global Faith in Action. Chandler Williams, president of Global Faith in Action, was a main organizer.
“WSU has great [religious] diversity on campus, but there isn’t a space on campus to celebrate that diversity,” Williams said. “Spiritual Wellness Week is meant to give a spark to that idea.”
At the school, Johnson and Davis read stories with messages of forgiving friends and respecting nature and other people. The children were asked questions after each story.
Johnson read a story about a kingdom where the health of the kingdom depended on the behavior of the children. The moral was respecting the community, individuals and being peaceful.
Afterwards, Johnson asked, “What does peace mean?”
A second-grader raised his hand.
“It means sharing, caring and kindness,” he said.
This type of message and interaction was the point of not only the reading, but also of Spiritual Wellness Week.
Spiritual Wellness Week is meant to show the morals and beliefs that different religions share, to bring religious groups on campus together, and create inter-faith cooperation.
Williams said the need for inter-communication and cooperation will be necessary for the future.
“Thirty or 40 years ago, inter-faith wasn’t a thing. Now it is. Our generation is exposed to many different cultures and religions due to the Internet and our media,” Williams said. “We are more open-minded than older generations, but we still have to learn to respect other faiths.”