The Interfaith Council

Created in the fall of 2003, the Interfaith Council is a group of faculty and students who work closely with a number of departments on campus to help foster a welcoming environment at Berry College for people of all faiths.
It supports and promotes opportunities for people to learn about and participate in a variety of religious opportunities, both on campus and in the surrounding community.

Interfaith Council at Berry College 

Berry College was founded in 1902 by the Christian visionary and philanthropist Martha Berry who believed that every student is entitled to an equal opportunity to learn. While Berry is rooted in and continues to uphold strong Christian values, the College upholds that people of all religious and cultural backgrounds are to be welcomed into the campus community.

Following in the steps of the Parliament for the World’s Religions, and Martha Berry’s vision for equal education for all, Berry College has created its own small organization for the support of different religions. Founded in the fall of 2003, the Interfaith Council is a group of faculty, administrators and students who work closely with the Chaplain’s Office to help foster a welcoming environment at Berry College for people of all faiths. It supports and promotes opportunities for people to learn about and participate in a variety of religious opportunities, both on campus and in the surrounding community. Many of its events over the past two years have included speeches by such prominent writers as Bishop Spong, Elaine Pagels, and Inés Talamantez.

Through these and other on-going programs, the Interfaith Council seeks to foster an appreciation of multi-faith awareness on Berry’s campus and throughout the Rome area.

In the words of Cary Sanders, a student at Berry: “Serving on the Interfaith Council has allowed me to interact with and learn from people of various religious faiths, enriching my education and spirituality. The [Interfaith] council is important because it encourages love and appreciation of every human being, which is a virtue taught in all major religions.