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Interfaith Students Leaders Aim to Create a Stress-Free Zone

Interfaith student leaders in Stetson Chapel. (Megan Rigney / Index)

The interns with the Office of Religion and Spiritual Life work to offer events that give a place to relax and enrich dialogue and community on K’s campus. Ethel Mogilevsky K’18 and Yajaera Ramirez K’18 both oversee events like community reflections, host Cavern walk-in hours, and valuable workshops at the Cavern.

Both interns say the Cavern hours hosted by Interfaith Student Leaders are a great resource on campus, but do not receive as much attention as it deserves. The Cavern offers drop-in hours Monday through Thursday from 7 to 11p.m., when students can speak to Interfaith Student Leaders.

“Everyone is welcome,” Ramirez said. “It is sometimes surprising when people do not know about these walk-in hours. As interns and ISLs, we offer the chapel and the cavern as an accessible space for students and faculty to take a part in.”

As more of an incentive to check out the Cavern, free tea and cookies are available at anytime during the day.

“The cavern is a great place to get yourself out of the stress zone, take a blanket and lay down in a bit,” Ramirez said. “The lower part of the Cavern is a great place to concentrated because there is no Wi-Fi. It is a great place to meet new people that you did not know have the same interest as you.”

“It’s a really nice, chill space if you need somewhere quiet to do homework or just need a moment to yourself,” Mogilevsky said.

The Cavern is not only a place of personal and quiet reflection, but a place to increase your own understanding of the diversity represented at K.

“Interfaith work is a way to understand members of other religions or secular groups for the purpose of finding common ground in the values and goals we share,” Ramirez said. 

Mogilevsky encourages students to participate upcoming Cavern events, like the Atheist/Agnostic student discussion event on April 21 from 5-6 p.m. and highlights the religiosity and social justice workshop on May 1 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Likewise, Ramirez is excited about the bonfire that is taking place outside of the Cavern on April 27 at 8 p.m..

“There will be s’mores and music. It is a good opportunity to socialize with other K students. In addition, we encourage students to use the fire pit near the chapel for their own events and friend gatherings,” Ramirez said.

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Interfaith Students Leaders Aim to Create a Stress-Free Zone