UC Irvine students have been trying a relatively new thing called “speed faithing.” The idea, much like speed dating, is to get as much information across to another person in a set amount of time, and hopefully make an impact.
Religious students and two atheists gave their 10-minute talks to groups of UCI students, trying to distill their belief — whether Catholic, Mormon, Islamic or none — in a concise way, yet still making it understandable to those outside their faith.
Speed faithing was developed by Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core as a way of getting youngsters to interact with people of different faiths. “In Orange County we have tremendous diversity,” said Raid Faraj, diversity educator for UCI's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. “This is an opportunity to create a safe environment for people to come together and ask questions.”