Students, faculty and staff who walk on Dame Mall toward Elsey Hall may notice a set of figures standing on the side of Forsythe Street.
The people are a part of Jehovah’s Witness religion.
Those who have passed by the group may have noticed the literary cart the Jehovah’s Witnesses stand next to, which contains information dealing with life and Bible-based learning.
Javier Serna, a Jehovah’s Witness affiliated with the group, said the purpose of the literature is to help answer questions everyone has about life.
“The literature provides answers to questions that affect us all,” Serna said. “Does God really care about us? Will war and suffering ever end? What happens to us when we die? How can I find happiness in life?”
The group spreads their beliefs close to the college because Forsythe Street is public property.
“The Jehovah’s Witnesses are a new movement within Christianity,” Campus Minister Leah Rumsey said. “They are known worldwide for very public evangelism practices, and this is part of that.”
Some say the presence of Jehovah’s Witnesses on the edge of campus bring up another point: The importance of learning about other religions.
Dean of Students Ellis Hall said the various classes on campus that cover religion are not meant to convert students, but open them to understanding other beliefs.
“People are often brought up in the context of their religious perspective by their families,” Hall said. “They move forward in that they know that there are other religions, but they don’t necessarily learn very much about it or talk to other people about it.”
Hall said college tries to expose students to new perspectives to prepare them for the real world.
“As a college, we want people to wrestle with some of the issues of spirituality and what that means and to challenge one’s beliefs, but also to affirm the value of those beliefs,” Hall said.