Within the serene purple walls of Westminster College's interfaith prayer room, water trickles through a small fountain. One by one, participants in Thursday's dedication ceremony placed tiny pebbles in the fountain, each representing a hope — or prayer — for the space.
That kind of thoughtfulness and unity is exactly what the space is meant to foster, according to Maeba Jonas, chaplain resident and coordinator of community engagement at Westminster.
"We've had a lot of discussion about establishing an interfaith space here," Jonas said.
She felt the Center for Faith and Service would be the ideal location and was able to obtain a grant to modify a room upstairs into a quiet space. It contains prayer mats, a candle and holy books from various religions.
"We did a holy book drive," Jonas said.
A mosque and a synagogue in Columbia donated several texts, as did other local churches. Jonas said community members are welcome to donate as well.
Students can visit at any time and may also reserve the room.