Hindus have welcomed launching of interreligious program for campus ministry by Transylvania University (Lexington, Kentucky, USA) with a “Disciples of Christ” heritage, calling it a “step in the right direction”.
Claiming it to be “a 21st-century focused interreligious program”, Transylvania President R. Owen Williams has said that it would be “preparing students to live and lead in a global world.”
Commending this effort to bring various religions together into campus ministry, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that religion was the most powerful, complex and far-reaching force in our society, so we must take it seriously. And we all knew that religion comprised much more than our own particular tradition/experience.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that in our shared pursuit for the truth, we could learn from one another and thus could arrive nearer to the truth. As dialogue brought us reciprocal enrichment, we would be spiritually richer than before the contact.
Rajan Zed hoped that Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world with about a billion adherents, would find its deserved presence in this inter-religious experiment alongside other major world religions. Zed welcomed Transylvania’s shift towards interfaith dialogue and its push towards interacting with people of differing faith communities.
Founded in 1780 and spread over 48 acres, Transylvania University offers 36 majors, 90 percent of its students participate in community service, and is listed among U.S.News World Report’s America’s Best Colleges.