The Importance Of Missouri Valley College

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Missouri Valley College is a campus that is home to students from all over the world. The campus is home to students from 43 different states and 40 countries. Jalen Holsten said “This to me is what I think makes Missouri Valley a great place. We have such a deep population of students that come from all over the world to go to school here. Never in my wildest dreams would I think that I would be able to meet people from Serbia or Morocco until I came to Missouri Valley College.” This diversity leads to many opportunities to meet new people and understand different cultures. Along with these diverse cultures represented comes various religions. MVC is home to followers of Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and even Wicca. Muhammed …show more content…
“We have the European culture and we have the Arabic culture and we have African culture.” Switching from a big city to a much smaller town had its difficulties, but Diyani found it’s upsides. “It has its own benefits here, you know everyone. You can have a lot of friends. It’s not like a big city where everyone is heading where they need to go,” Diyani said. Diyani is a Muslim, like many people in Morocco. However, in Morocco, the diverse culture leads to much more open minded people. Diyani has found that the smaller town of Marshall is not always the same. “In small cities like Marshall I’ve known a lot of judgmental people. They say bad things about Muslims even if they don’t know what being Muslim is,” he said. “Maybe, because it’s a small city, they’ve never been out. They only know what their beliefs are.” Rev. Pam Sebastian has attempted to help open up the cultural understanding before. “I’ve run into some push back about interfaith conversation because it’s not straight Christian conversation and I don’t think it has to be and I don’t think it should be,” Sebastian said. Sebastian believes that there is a lot of potential to really open up interfaith conversation on a campus like …show more content…
“If you’re going to communicate well with others then maybe those worldviews need to be verbalized rather than you just look at someone and say that’s a bad guy. It can’t go on like that,” Sebastian said. This verbalization of worldviews is a key component that some feel is missing from the upcoming 2016 election. “I basically believe that Mr. Trump is a fascist. I believe that Mr. Trump, should he win, will find a way to subjugate, exclude, demote people who aren’t in his camp. Now that may be people of faith,” Sebastian said. Some believe that faith in the election is just a trend. Holsten said, “I myself am a Christian. The only real thing that I could see that relates to the current election is this trend that every politician says they’re Christian because it’s the most identified religion among our country. Leading every politician to just follow the trend set before them so they can get the most votes possible.” Even Diyani, someone from outside the country, sees this political

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