Office of the Chaplain

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Chapel Program

Fostering and nurturing spiritual growth and wholeness and 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 specific 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 Transformation and Vocational Discernment Opportunities 

  • 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  for 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.

  • Engage in Issues of Faith ad Contemporary Culture 

  • RELIGION AND CULTURE SERIES
  • 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.

  • S.I.S. (SISTERS IN SPIRIT) UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN (CSW) DELEGATION
  •  Spring break service learning trip in March (women’s history month) to the United Nations in New York to participate in 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.

  • 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.  

  • CHAPEL IN THE COMMUNITY
  • This ecumenical program is designed to strengthen the relationship between the Office of the Chaplain and local churches. Monthly, students visit local churches and partner with congregations is providing service to members of the Collegeville - Trappe community.

  • WEST AFRICAN MISSION AND STUDY TOUR
  • This study tour in conjunction with the Intro to Africana Studies course offered by the African American and Africana studies department will include a trip to Ghana, West African examine African religion and culture, the European Slave Trade and 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

  • Social Justice, Interfaith, and Intercultural Programs

  • 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 is 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.

  • PATHFINDERS INTERFAITH DIALOGUE
  • A group for those interested in interfaith conversation as a pathway to  revelation, religious literacy, reconciliation, and social justice.

  • 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.  P.A.Y.L.A. is guided by the 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 and Howard Thurman.  Youth will be encouraged to develop projects to help their respective communities in keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Goals.

  • ROTARACT
  • A global movement of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Rotaract clubs, in partnership with Rotarty International bring together students who want to exchange ideas with leaders in the community and  develop leadership skills.

To learn more about the Office of Chaplain programs please contact Reverend Terri Ofori, Chaplain and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Upcoming Events

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