I went to the Interfaith Room last month for the first time.
There was a weekly sign-up sheet on the door and I went to write my name. Taking a closer look, I realized that the sign-up sheet was for the first week of September – and all the time slots were empty.
As far as I can tell, I am the only person who has used the Interfaith Room this year. At the very least, I am one of the few. The room is always empty whenever I arrive, and the closed blinds and prayer mats are exactly as I left them.
I’m certainly not even close to being the most religious or spiritual individual on campus, so it seems strange that I would be among a small number (if not the only person) making use of this space. Then I began asking my peers about the room, and it started making sense.
Hardly anyone knows it exists, and many of those who do know are unaware of its location.
The Interfaith Room is a small space (about the size of a double) where students can practice whatever faith they desire. It is intended for those who do not feel the Ecumenical Center adequately meets their religious or spiritual needs.
Half the room is covered by a rug, while the rest of the floor is bare. There is a table with chairs and a closet with a Bible, a Torah, yarmulkes and prayer mats. Next to the door is a sign indicating whether the room is in use.
The Interfaith Room is located behind O’Connor Hall, next to the McAuliffe Center. There is a sign outside indicating the correct door through which to enter. The room shares a hallway with several offices and is to the left of the entrance. It is important to note that you do not need an ID to access the room.
The room is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. If any student wants a nice, quiet space to practice his or her faith, I strongly recommend giving it a try. After all, if nobody is using the room, it will likely be repurposed.