iBelieve 2022 Student Info & Permit Request Form
EDUC 598: Interfaith Dialogue in Action (informally known as iBelieve) is a unique course developed by SPARC/The Office of the Chaplain and the GIC (Greenfield Intercultural Center).  This course will explore effective interfaith dialogue and action on college campuses through a combination of academic study, facilitated dialogue, and service partnerships.  The course provides space for reflection on spiritual identity and equips students of all religious and non-religious backgrounds to engage with one another and gain greater knowledge and personal understanding of different faith traditions, practices, and beliefs.  

In Spring 2022 the course will meet on Mondays/Wednesdays 1:45-3:15.  

As iBelieve is also an Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) course students will also take part in a semester long service project with local communities of faith.

The course also includes a course retreat - which will be held over MLK weekend, Sun 1/16 - Mon 1/17 (more details coming soon!)

The course is open to all undergraduate and masters students.

** NOTE - This form is for our planning purposes only and is NOT a selective application.  Once you've completed the form we'll contact you for a quick check in meeting regarding the course plans for Spring & you will be given a permit to register for the course in Penn in Touch.

Please contact Associate Chaplain Steve Kocher with any questions - skocher@upenn.edu

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Email *
First Name *
Last Name *
Cell Phone *
Class Year/School/Program *
How do you describe yourself religiously? (ie - Connected to an organized religion? If so which one?  Spiritual? Secular? Active? Interested? Curious? Doubtful?) (50 words or less) *
Why are you interested in the iBelieve class? (just a couple of sentences please! This is very informal and just for our info and planning) *
Describe any previous experience with interfaith programs (just a couple of sentences again, no experience necessary - we just want to know a little bit about the makeup of the class for our planning) *
Do you definitely have this class time (MW 1:45-3:15) available on your schedule next semester?  (we just need to know so that we can issue you a permit to register) *
Class retreat - We typically hold a class retreat over MLK weekend, this is a great chance to build community with our group.  Pre-Covid we have done this overnight Sunday-Monday, but we are still working to see if we can offer this in 2022.  We may modify the plans somewhat.   *
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