Office of the Chaplain

All Offices & Services

Chapel Program

Fostering and nurturing spiritual growth and wholeness while creating spaces to make meaning of your life and academic experience during your years of living and learning at Ursinus College.

The chaplain can provide support for individuals and groups engaged in religious activities related to various faith traditions and those exploring personal spiritual development and  vocational discernment.

This includes activities, programs, and classes related to the understanding and appreciation of a variety of cultures and beliefs, the examination of personal values, and the pursuit of justice and contribution to the common good.

Spiritual Formation & Vocational Discernment 

 WEEKLY CHAPEL SERVICES

The Ursinus Chapel Community gathers weekly for worship and fellowship on Sundays at noon in Bomberger Mediation Chapel. The Chapel community is united by mutual respect for the religious insights of one other in an attitude of openness before God with the goal of reflecting the beloved community where we attempt to create in our midst room for all, justice for all, joy for all, and peace for all.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

The chaplain is available for one-on-one  appointments or group spiritual direction sessions for those students, faculty, and staff who wish to explore the questions of faith and spirituality, and how it shapes and helps us to make meaning of our lives.

INTERFAITH GATHERINGS

Twice a semester that Chapel programs  facilitate interfaith gatherings featuring religious leaders from various faith traditions to promote peace and  mutual understanding through shared worship and discussion.

RETREATS

During the school year, there will be an off campus retreat or spiritual reflection and workshops for vocational discernment.

SERVICE LEARNING

Interested in serving others in your community and around the world?  The Chaplain’s office in partnership with the Office of Civic Engagement coordinates mission trips and opportunities to engage in service learning on the local, national and international levels.

VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT

Through the examination of contemplative spirituality and direct engagement with the inner life students will learn how to examine and explore their passion and how they should use their passion  to make meaning of the world.

MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS

Opportunities for silent and guided meditation are offered to the Ursinus campus community weekly in the Bomberger Meditation Chapel.

Interfaith & Civic Engagement 

FAITH AND LIFE FORUM

This forum seeks to explore the intersection between matters of faith and contemporary issues in public life. Through lecture and dialogue our mission is to help expand the awareness of the important and pivotal role faith and spirituality plays in the public square. The forum engages leading thinkers in our community and across the nation that speak to matters of ultimate concern such as love, peace, social justice, and the intersection of race, religion and gender that affect our community and world.  Speakers will include scholars of religion, religious intellectuals and practitioners all faith traditions, and others whose work life and work captures conceptions of the sacred and wrestles with the mysterious dimensions of life.  

RELIGION AND CULTURE SERIES

A colloquium examining the role that culture plays in the formation of religion and how religion shapes cultural ideas, including but not limited music, theater art, literature, and all forms of art.

PATHFINDERS 

A group for those interested in interfaith conversation as a pathway to  revelation, religious literacy, and reconciliation.  This group is facilitated the the Chaplain and the Coordinator of Jewish Life.

Leadership & Experiential Learning Programs

CHAPEL LEADERS PROGRAM

This program aims to provide mentoring and a platform for leadership development for students who show promise as leaders in their religious communities and on campus. Students serve on advisory board and partner with the chaplain  and director of religious and spiritual life in providing and planning inter religious and interfaith programming on campus and in the community. Chapel leaders are nominated by their peers and are given a stipend for their service.

S.I.S. (SISTERS IN SPIRIT)

Sisters in Spirit is a support group for women who wish to utilize spirituality as a resource for support for personal development and societal transformation. We examine issues concerning women’s spiritual, physical and emotional well-being, and look at the historical role of women in religion juxtaposed to contemporary womanist theory, feminist biblical interpretation and practical theology. This group also functions to identify and support women who seek to develop a leadership role in the church and/or the academy as theologians and/or clergy.

S.I.S. (SISTERS IN SPIRIT) UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW) DELEGATION

A service learning trip in March (women’s history month) to the United Nations in New York  where Ursinus students participate as delegates to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women. This program is sponsored by the Ursinus College Inclusive Community Grants.

P. A.Y.L.A. PAN AFRICAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

This group is designed to engage  and identify youth  with leadership potential in the African diaspora to engage the historical and religious traditions of the civil rights movement in the United States P.A.Y.L.A. is guided by the theological principles and African philosophies of Ubuntu and Sankofa. Ubuntu places a high premium on human dignity, compassion, and respect for others that supports the ethos of the beloved community espoused by Martin Luther King Jr.  and Howard Thurman.  Sankofa suggests that the only way to change the future is to examine the past. Throughout the program students will be encouraged to develop projects to help their respective communities in keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Goals. Students will also be encouraged to explore the geopolitical and social landscape of the civil rights movement by participating in an immersion trip to the American South during the summer.

WEST AFRICAN MISSION AND STUDY TOUR

In conjunction with the Intro to Africana Studies course offered by the African American and Africana studies department will include an experiential learning trip to Ghana, West Africa to examine African religion and culture, to understand the long and rich history of the role of religion in the black prophetic tradition and the role of politics in social justice issues facing Africans in the diaspora. This tour will include collaborative outreach to the community.

URSINUS ROTARACT CLUB

A global movement of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Rotaract clubs, in partnership with Rotary International bring together students who want to exchange ideas with leaders in the community and  develop leadership skills. The Ursinus Rotaract Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Collegeville.

To learn more about the Office of the Chaplain programs please contact Reverend Terri Ofori, chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life at tofori@ursinus.edu or Ext. 3273.

THE PRE-MED HOSPICE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

This program connects Pre-Med undergraduates with patients receiving palliative care through Hospice (an organization that helps patients achieve the highest quality of care at the end of their lives). With  support by the Chaplain the hospice volunteer training, regular patient visitation, and on-going support, this program offers a unique opportunity to meet directly with patients and cultivate your identity as a caregiver.

Upcoming Events

April 18th, 2019

April 19th, 2019

April 21st, 2019