During spring break, I co-led an Alternative Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C. on the theme of “Pluralism and Politics: Exploring Faith-Based Advocacy in American Society.” Before the trip, I wrote a reflection on my preliminary understanding of the role of faith in public life, hypothesizing that religion “illuminates our moral commitments,” “motivates us to act on our values” and “galvanizes productive engagement in democracy.”
It’s my first day at Stanford: a whirlwind of unpacked suitcases, reshuffled notebooks and crumpled bedding. My roommate and I meet each other for the first time and choose our beds. Our parents all shake hands. Then, in the blink of an eye, we’re alone for the first time.
I take a deep breath and ask my roommate the question I’ve been waiting to ask: Are you comfortable if I pray?
Stepping into Memorial Church, I admired the way the stained glass windows illuminated the Ganesh statue on the orange table. I had arrived at the Diwali festival held on Nov. 3 by The Office of Religious Life. The festival was an evening filled with food, festivities and religious ceremonies. While Diwali is primarily celebrated in…
Stanford’s Office for Religious Life, Hindu Students Association and Stanford India Association came together to celebrate Diwali, an annual Hindu festival of lights, with music dance and reflections from students and faculty on Saturday, Oct. 29. (ANGELA LUO/the Stanford Daily)