Mission, Vision, & Values

Zen Circle
Students visit the SLO Zen Circle and receive instruction
from Zen Priest Mark Shogen Bloodgood. 

By gathering together, reaching outward and looking within, we seek to develop an appreciation for religious, spiritual, and cultural diversity with a view towards mutual enrichment.  We hope to integrate the spiritual and intellectual dimensions of our lives by engaging in moral and ethical reflection and co-constructing a vision of what we can all contribute to the common good.  

The California Polytechnic State University Interfaith community aims to provide loving, liberating, and life-giving programming and sacred space to inspire members of our community as they explore, discover, and deepen their spiritual life. 

The Interfaith Campus Council will help create more welcoming and inclusive co-curricular programs and services by creating opportunities to support the religious and spiritual identities of our campus community and to engage across differences through interfaith collaboration.

Our Values

  • Radical Hospitality & Inclusion- As people of faith, the value of radical hospitality and inclusion is a central value and propels our missions and ministries.  We seek to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.  Our traditions call us to do the work of recognizing our own privileges and biases and how they inform how we show up in the world, as well as to be solidarity with the poor, oppressed, marginalized or disenfranchised.  We do this by condemning and throwing down human systems that perpetuate harm and practicing greater hospitality and inclusion.  Simply, we are ordinary people called to do extraordinary acts on our campus, in our communities, and world.
  • Spiritual Wellness- As people of faith, we value being connected to something greater than ourselves and work towards having a set principles, morals, and beliefs that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to life and using those to guide our everyday actions.  This value helps us center and make meaning and purpose in our human existence and appreciate our life experiences for what they are, seeking harmony with our inner self and the outside world.
  • Racial Reconciliation- This is the spiritual practice of seeking loving, liberating, and life-giving relationship with the divine and with one another by striving to heal and transform injustice and brokenness in ourselves, our communities, institutions, and society. 
  • Economic Justice- A spiritual practice of care for community must center the matter of economics as a crucial topic in the explorations of religion and justice.  Most of our faith traditions reflect directly on class, inequality, fair pay, indebted-ness, the misuse of wealth, and the distribution of wealth.  We recognize that this is not merely a social problem, but a deeply theological and spiritual issue we must keep at the forefront of our ministries. 
  • Care of the Natural World- This is the spiritual practice of reflecting and committing to growing a loving, liberating, and life-giving relationship with our Earth entrusted into our care.  We can practice this value by sharing stories of concern for the Earth and connecting with others who care, by standing with those most vulnerable to environmental degradation and climate change, and changing our habits and choices to live more simply, humbly, and sustainably.


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