In 2011, SSQ enrolled 24 students
from more than a dozen different high schools throughout greater Houston. This
multifaith group was intentionally diverse—as were the college student mentors
and adult chaperones working with the SSQ cohort.
half of the 2011 SSQers were Ismaili Muslims. A handful were Jewish. Most of
the remaining participants had been raised in various Christian denominations,
with some still indentifying as Christian and others now describing themselves
as agnostic, “uncertain, questioning” or “actively exploring” their faith
commitments and religious beliefs.
the three SSQ college student guides and mentors (two from Rice University and
one from the University of St. Thomas), one had been raised in a Buddhist home,
one was a practicing Hindu, and one was a Sunni Muslim. The four adult SSQ
chaperones and project leaders also represented a spiritual mix.
The 2011 SSQ was generously funded by a grant from
the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation.
far, the quest has been amazing. Despite not being a part of any of the
religions we have dealt with thus far, I feel at peace at each sacred site. I
feel interconnected with people of all faiths and have actually noticed more
similarities than differences. Every religion places value in
light--illumination--and in the earthly elements."
The Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance
6100 Main, Houston, Texas 77005-1892 | Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77251-1892