University Chapel Schedule

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A community gathering place for worship and forum, chapel reflects an Anabaptist/Mennonite perspective alongside the gifts, traditions and cultures of the broader Christian faith. Faith, hope and love are nurtured in the way of Jesus.

Wednesday, September 10

Russian Orthodox Service – Rev. Father Krill

The Rev. Father Krill, from the Church of the Holy Theotokos, leads an Old Rite Russian (Eastern) Orthodox worship service of blessing as part of the International Education Week emphasis on interfaith engagement.

Persons of all faith traditions are welcome to come and learn from and try to better understand each other in this week of engaging the faithful from many traditions.

NOTE: This chapel will include the use of burning amber-based incense as an invitation to the Holy Spirit. This incense comes directly from the St. Nina Monastery at Mt. Sinai.

Kielbasa (chicken and beef), borscht, and a Russian tea will be served at the discussion following chapel.

Friday, September 12

Chapel Forum: Parable of the Prodigal Son – Don Clymer

Parables – everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview, sense of self and God, without providing easy answers. Join Don Clymer, Assistant Professor of Language and Literature, in diving into the Parable of the Prodigal Son in search of meaning for us and our context. Parables is the campus ministry theme for the year.

Jerry Silver and Jodi Serino Barbour will open chapel with Precious Lord, Take My Hand.

Wednesday, September 17

Chapel Worship: Sexuality and Following Jesus – Cherith Fee Nordling

Is our embodied humanity a temporary curse or permanent, glorious reality? Does salvation seem to imply getting out of our bodies, or is it about finally being at home in our bodies and getting to be truly human forever? Too often, Christians are deeply ambivalent, or silent, about our embodied lives and whether they really matter in the end. Ironically, if we take Jesus’ humanity seriously, then we will begin to see that “in the end” God’s gift and goal is to give us our truly human, truly sexual, truly Christian lives back, then and now!

*Facilitated talk back sessions take place in Lehman Auditorium after chapel from 10:30-11:30 and in the South Dining Hall from 11:30-1:30 p.m.

Friday, September 19

Chapel Forum: Marcando Nuestra Huella (Leaving our Footprint) – Boris Ozuna ’11

Join the Latino Student Alliance in exploring Marcando Nuestra Huella (Leaving our Footprint) featuring reflections from alum and current graduate student Boris Ozuna.

University chapel is held Wednesday (worship) and Fridays (forum) at 10 a.m. in Lehman Auditorium. All offices and departments, other than essential services, are to close in order to allow the community to attend and support chapel.

All undergraduate students, faculty and staff of the university are expected to attend at least one chapel each week. (Chapel Attendance Policy, p. 48/49 of the Student Handbook and Faculty/Staff handbook section 7.1, p. 166)

In addition to university chapel, Chapel Gatherings (seminary chapel) are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m., and Celebration: Praise Worship is held weekly at 9 p.m. on Sunday nights both in Martin Chapel.

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