Spirituality Boosts Your Mental Health

May 9, 2022 by | Mental Health & Wellness

Spiritual Wellbeing Is Mental Wellbeing More than 50% of Americans will experience a mental health crisis at some point in life. Unlike with the COVID virus, there is no vaccine to immunize us against mental illness. I know this from personal experience. As a college student and later as a young adult, I struggled with


Student Reflection

April 26, 2022 by Tikva Velazquez | Uncategorized

When you enter the Interfaith Center you might be taken aback by the vastness of the chapel, the way the walls feel like they are floating, or you might find yourself feeling calm, swaddled in the warmth of sunlight and quiet of the space. For everyone on campus, I can imagine the Interfaith Center takes


You are Invited! Chapman's Baccalaureate Service

April 26, 2022 by | Uncategorized

We are delighted to invite you to Chapman’s Baccalaureate Service for graduating students, and their families, of all faiths or philosophies. Join us Thursday, May 19, 7:00 pm in the Fish Interfaith Center. This is a more intimate gathering than the weekend commencement ceremonies, including words from graduates themselves, and an personal message to each


A Sacred Convergence

April 9, 2022 by | Holidays

A Ramadan Iftar dinner; an annual festive Vaisakhi celebration; the Passover Seder; Good Friday’s reading of the Passion. All of these take place during the week of April 11, 2022 at the Fish Interfaith Center. As I write, I am preparing for a week of sacred convergence – when these important religious holidays converge. Whether


A Conversation on Compassion & Kindness (Apr. 7th)

March 30, 2022 by | Mental Health & Wellness

Apr. 7th, 7-9pm PST Fish Interfaith Center (Wallace All Faiths Chapel) In a world consumed by grief and loss, chaos and war, it’s easy to feel hopeless and helpless. Now more than ever we need tools to cultivate greater compassion and kindness in the world. It starts with us!   Enjoy an inspiring and reflective evening


Responding to Ukraine as the Chapman community

March 4, 2022 by | Peace & Social Justice

I am writing to you on March 4. On this date in 1861, in Washington, DC, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States. In Woodland, CA, Hesperian College timed its opening to coincide with Lincoln’s inauguration. At the time, colleges were being established all over the west, but this one


Malcolm X - A Reflection

February 22, 2022 by | Uncategorized

The United States of America has many commemorations, including race and ethnicity, gender, people, and events. I want to ask you a question, but I would like to paint the scenario first. At one time, a man lived in a racist era. Hostility was the norm. His parents, however, fought against racism. Unfortunately, members of


The Fierce Urgency of Now

February 9, 2022 by Dr. Jacob Rennaker | Uncategorized

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is a masterpiece that’s well worth re-visiting. It’s like a diamond—created under enormous pressure and precious beyond expression. Each time I come back to it, I’m dazzled by a different facet and find myself speechless. That’s how I know it’s part of something bigger and


Mindful, Mad, and Grateful after Colleyville

January 24, 2022 by | Uncategorized

As I write this I am mindful, mad, and grateful on the heels of the hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. I am mindful that anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly face in our country, a place that should be one of equality and justice, home to persons of all religions and


Black History Month Reflections

January 18, 2022 by Rev. Nancy Brink | Chaplain Musings

From Rev. Nancy Brink – We are in the midst of Black History Month. How important it is, to seek out and learn the many hidden tragedies and even greater triumphs of Black Americans that are largely hidden in our teaching of history. But is history enough? I have been doing a great deal of

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