Interfaith organization creating a safe space for all religions


Students discuss their individual faith journeys during an October meeting.

By Alexis Bierman

TCU’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life wants to bring students of all religious backgrounds together.

The office recently launched Better Together, an interfaith group that seeks a common cause to unite people through similarities and differences.

“Our world is so diverse and rich and there’re so many different traditions. If you come to TCU and you don’t have a chance to experience people who are different from you, you’re missing out,” said Britt Luby, TCU associate chaplain and co-adviser of Better Together. “This gives you an opportunity to connect with people from different religious or cultural traditions or also people who are seeking, and trying to explore their religious identity in a very safe space.”

Rebekah Stutheit, a junior religion and communication studies major and president of Better Together, said absolutely anybody from any background is accepted, no exceptions.

“Sometimes it feels like there is a perception on campus that we’re a group that’s only for people with a certain mindset, but I’m a firm believer in civil discourse,” Stutheit said. “I think that everyone should have a chance to hear different perspectives and share their own in a constructive way.”

The interfaith organization, which has drawn Christians, atheists, Universalists, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims and Hindus, invites anybody interested to join any of the activities.  Through monthly fellowship meetings, service projects at Catholic Charities, family dinners and site visits to different places of worship, Better Together has worked diligently to create a safe space for everyone involved.

According to associate chaplain and Better Together co-adviser Todd Boling, this interfaith group is so unique because it connects directly to the university’s mission statement.

“The global community is composed of people of all faith perspectives, so if you come here and you get a degree from TCU and you go into the world of work but you don’t know how to work alongside someone who believes something different than you, then we’ve done you a disservice,” he said.

Those interested in meeting with this organization are encouraged to contact Stuthiet at [email protected].