Elon University and Interfaith Youth Core, along with Young Harris College and Wake Forest University, are pleased to announce a regional interfaith conference for college and university students, faculty, and staff, February 24–26 at Elon University.

Join us for a weekend of interfaith celebration and exploration. The theme Mindfully Plural engages mindful and contemplative practices across diverse traditions and worldviews, religious and nonreligious. The program includes:

  • Mindfulness Across Traditions: Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish & Secular
  • Interfaith Leadership Training from Interfaith Youth Core
  • Buddhism Beyond Beliefs: Buddhism's influence beyond religion in multiple disciplines and secular practices
  • Interfaith Service Project creating Bounce Back Packs for homeless children
  • The Spirituality of Yoga and Meditation
  • An Evening with Rumi and Rabi
  • Taizé and Christian Centering Prayer
  • Shabbat Dinner hosted by Elon University Hillel
  • Sacred Sounds Coffee House with music and spoken word performances from conference attendees
  • Student-led Breakout Sessions

Full Schedule

Who's invited?

All college and university students open to sharing and learning about different religious traditions and worldviews. Students from all religious traditions and no traditions are welcome. The only requirement is Open Ears and an Open Heart — a willingness to learn and explore together. Register here.

  • $50 Student Registration: includes housing with an Elon student host if you register by February 1
  • $100 Faculty Staff Registration: the Office of Admissions has a list of area hotels
  • $15 Elon Registration for Elon students, faculty, and staff

Workshop Proposals

Central to the Ripple Conference is students sharing with one another. We invite students to sumbit proposals for breakout sessions. You can create an immersive encounter that shares a mindful or contemplative experience from your own tradition or practice, or you can propose a presentation or workshop on developing interfaith partnerships or building interfaith community with college students. You can submit a proposal as an individual or as a group. The deadline for proposals and discussion leader applications is Feb. 1.

Where will your ripples go?

Be transformed and inspired as you learn how diverse traditions, religious and nonreligious, practice Mindfulness, and develop new skills as a campus interfaith leader.

Make new friends with students from different campuses and different traditions and worldviews, engage and dialogue with one another, share music and stories, learn to work together to advance justice and peace, and be trained to build interfaith community on your college campuses.

Ripple 2017 is sponsored by Elon University, Interfaith Youth Core, Young Harris College, and Wake Forest University, with additional support from the Citrone Making a Difference Fund, and Elon's Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences.