Religious Fellowship Council


The Religious Fellowship Council is the interfaith governing body for all recognized campus ministries and student religious organizations at Howard University. The RFC constitution states that its purpose is to [1] “assist the Dean of the Chapel in coordinating religious activities on campus,” [2] increase the communication between all campus ministries and student religious organizations, [3] provide opportunities for fellowships and programs to express our religious unity, and last but certainly not least, [4] to ensure student representation in the decision-making process for Religious Life. In order for a student religious organization to be recognized, it must follow the guidelines established by the Office of Student Activities, which include approval by the Office of the Dean of the Chapel.

Who are the leaders of RFC?

The co-chairs for the 2012-13 academic year are Mr. Kenneth Burnett and Ms. Zakiya Goins-McCants

Who participates in the RFC?

If you participate in any recognized campus ministry or student religious organization, then you are already involved in the RFC. Congratulations and Welcome! Your ministry or organization has two (2) representatives in the RFC: one (1) voting representative, and (1) one alternate representative. Please make sure you know who your representatives are, and stay informed on what’s happening in the RFC.

What is the theme of the RFC for this year?

It is our objective to educate ourselves, the campus, and the community about the various faith traditions represented at Howard. Furthermore, it is our objective to mobilize our “faith in action” together as one body. In other words, we seek ways to really practice the unity that we profess.

What role does the RFC have in interfaith dialogue?

In the RFC, our focus is always to facilitate interfaith dialogue, which does not mean compromising one’s beliefs, but rather celebrating one’s belief’s while learning and discussing the beliefs of others. The global significance of interfaith dialogue has been shown in places such as Iraq, Ireland, the Middle East, and South Africa. Hence, what we do in the RFC has implications for our local community, the U.S., and ultimately, the entire world.

Why should I get involved with the RFC?

If you are involved in religious life, then you need to get involved with the RFC. If you are interested in learning more, not just about your own faith, but also about somebody else’s faith, then you need to get involved with the RFC. If you are serious about “faith in action,” then you need to get involved with the RFC. If you have creative and innovative ideas for interfaith community service and programs, then you need to get involved with the RFC. If you have grievances that you would like the RFC to address, then you need to get involved with the RFC. If you would like to stay informed about what’s going on with all of religious life, then you need to get involved with the RFC. Everybody needs to be involved with the RFC. There are multitudes of reasons why you should be involved with the Religious Fellowship Council. The only question remaining is “When will you start?”

How to Join Us

Here’s the invitation.
We hereby cordially invite you to share any of your comments, concerns, questions, or suggestions that you may have with your RFC representatives, or the RFC officers.

Contact Us
The Religious Fellowship Council (RFC)
2395 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059-0001
Phone: 202.806.7280
Fax: 202.806.4641

Co-Chair: Kenneth Burnett
Co-Chair: Zakiya Goins-Mccants