Interfaith prayer room to open soon
By Yuli Sutedjo
Knightly News Reporter
After almost a year and a half, the Interfaith Prayer Room has found a home — in the Boyer House.
The room will be used by students, faculty and staff to pray, and to hold religious or spiritual programs.
There will be different programs that will allow faculty, staff and students to learn about different religions, Chief Diversity Officer Romeo Azondekon said.
Making it comfortable
Facilities put furniture in a room on the first floor of the historic building, on the northeast corner of campus along Valley Road, around the end of October.
The search has taken a while because space is limited on campus.
Members of the Student Multicultural Advisory Board (SMAB) will be coming in to arrange the furniture and to shelve books by the end of fall term.
Furniture includes a table for a student worker to use while on duty, possibly a beanbag chair, a sofa that the board and the Diversity Committee expect to be donated, and some other pieces from offices and other locations on campus.
The books, which were donated, include such works as the Bible and the Quran.
Schedule, and getting in
Once everything is set up, the interfaith room will be open three days a week and staffed by financial aid counselor John Steindel.
Steindel will supervise use of the room, and when and what day the prayer room will be available, said Azondekon.
To use the room outside of the yet-to-be-established office hours, faculty, staff and students need to schedule an appointment with Steindel. After that, Steindel will have the option to schedule the event and let security know about it, so that the room will be open when the group needs to use the room.
Azondekon said the room should be ready for use by the winter term, which begins in the second week of January.
Yuli Sutedjo is vice president of the Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.
Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.
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