Joey Haynes, Chaplin of the Interfaith Leadership Council, is opening up and sharing his own thoughts of spirituality. A 2011 West Virginia graduate student, he was introduced to the master program of International Studies here at Queens and fell in love.
Haynes (pictured top right with several members from the council) began to deepen his own faith and recognized it was important for one to embrace their inner thoughts and share their perspective of spirituality. He wanted to create a space not only for himself but for his fellow students to do the same.
The Interfaith Leadership Council was born, and now individuals of different backgrounds, race, and religions meet every Friday in the Belk Chapel to express and talk openly about their spirituality.
Students come to enjoy coffee, small bites, and good conversation. Faculty, staff, alumni and the local community help to provide their students with the strength and the resources to have a successful journey at Queens.
Haynes projected optimism and passion about this movement of equality at Queens. Though marketed as a Presbyterian forward school, it’s not only embracing love for all sects of Christianity, but love for every religion and race.
“Embrace Christianity but continue to be inclusive,” Haynes said, and the council is taking many steps in their inclusive project to keep expressing the importance of all students.