Why interfaith programming matters at religious schools like BYU

Participants in Benedictine University’s 2017 Interfaith Retreat participate in meditative practices at a local Buddhist temple.

PROVO — Maddie Blonquist wrapped up her proselytizing mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feeling like she still had a lot to learn. During her time in New York City, she’d been exposed to many other faiths, but she hadn’t had time to study them.

After her mission, Blonquist, now a senior humanities major at Brigham Young University, remedied her desire to know more with research and field trips. She visited synagogues and mosques and met with leaders from other faiths.

“I wanted to reach out to people that I didn’t have a chance to meet while I was a missionary,” she said

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