Student faith, interfaith organizations pray for peace, guide students

WACO, Texas (March 1, 2022) — From 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Baylor’s Orthodox Christian Fellowship and Better Together, an interfaith organization, collaborated in an event at the Bobo Spiritual Life Center called Akathist for Peace, a prayer service for peace in Ukraine and Russia. 

Sacramento, Calif., junior and Orthodox Christian Fellowship member Josefine Green said there was a good turn out at the event. 

“It was a wonderful collaboration,” Green said. “We did this in order to hopefully bring and restore peace to the countries and bring attention to both the issue and our organizations.” 

Green said while there is nothing planned at the moment for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship to continue works for Ukraine, she really appreciates Bears Helping Babies, a campus wide movement started in Baylor’s Principles of Advertising and Public Relations class to raise supplies for Ukrainian refugee babies.

“Bears Helping Babies’ mission is fantastic in consideration to the refugee crisis in Eastern Europe.” Better Together member and Fort Worth junior Nelly Sobh said. 

Sobh said Better Together also stood behind Baylor’s statement on the Ukraine conflict. 

“As a Christian institution, Baylor prides itself on helping others in need and with the crisis in Ukraine, I think it’s only appropriate that Baylor contributes and uses its privileged resources to aid,” Sobh said. 

While Bears Helping Babies isn’t a Baylor specific organization, it is run by Baylor students.

“Students can always donate money to a million different organizations and funds, but even just raising awareness is important too,” Green said. 

Sobh and Green said both donation and even raising awareness for the crisis is helpful by individual students looking to help. 

“There’s countless organizations accepting monetary donations that students can utilize to help Ukrainians. Also, spreading awareness about the issue at hand is extremely helpful,” Sobh said.

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Baylor’s Orthodox Christian Fellowship and Better Together, an interfaith organization, collaborated in an event at the Bobo Spiritual Life Center called Akathist for Peace, a prayer service for peace in Ukraine and Russia. Photo courtesy of Orthodox Christian Fellowship