Rutgers is one of the most diverse universities in the United States in terms of race, ethnicity – and religious practice and belief. On Rutgers Day, student groups representing many religious traditions – including nonbelievers – will offer visitors information and interactive activities.
On the College Avenue Campus, the Coptic Orthodox Fellowship will raise awareness of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the largest Christian denomination in Egypt and the Middle East. Members will be available to talk about the church’s history, beliefs, and presence in the community. They will also display a portable iconostasis, a wall of religious art frequently used in Orthodox Christianity to tell the story of Jesus and his followers.
The Campus Crusade for Christ will also be on College Avenue. The international evangelical Christian organization will feature games and amusements for children, such as face-painting, as well as literature and conversation about its work.
The Nichiren Buddhist Association invites visitors to its Peace Exhibit on the Busch Campus.
The Catholic Student Association will be hosting bean-bag tosses on all three campuses to call attention to their work in Tanzania. Children will be able to toss bean bags toward a board decorated with images of animals from Tanzania, such as giraffes and lions, for the chance at a small prize. Visitors will be asked to contribute money to the Association’s work in Tanzania, particularly to an orphanage whose children suffer from HIV.
The Muslim Student Association will participate in Rutgers Day for the first time. At their booth on the College Avenue Campus, they will have interactive games and question-and-answer sessions, and members of the group will be available to talk about Islam and the MSA’s activities at Rutgers.
Rutgers’ Department of Religion will reprise its “religious jeopardy” game on the College Avenue Campus. Visitors can go to the booth, pick a category – personalities, religions, divinities, etc. – and answer questions related to them.
Finally, the Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers will host a “Name that Humanist” game, in which visitors to the chaplaincy’s booth on College Avenue will be asked to match a picture of a famous humanist with a humanist quotation.