The Boniuk Center’s Sacred Sites Quest (SSQ) is one of the signature programs for high school students. Its aim is to enhance religious literacy, promote interfaith dialogue, collaboration and tolerance, and to enable participants to leave a creative legacy as a permanent public artistic expression of the SSQers’ adventures together.
In 2011, the Boniuk Center’s SSQ enrolled 24 students from over 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.
About half of the 2011 SSQers were Ismaili Muslims. Another handful were Jewish. Most of the remaining HS student participants were raised in various Christian denominations. Some of them continued to indentify as Christian; others described themselves as currently agnostic, “uncertain, questioning” or “actively exploring” their faith commitments and religious beliefs.