Reflections on Juneteenth - two perspectives

June 16, 2021 by Shaykh Jibreel Speight | Uncategorized

My Juneteenth Reflection Brought to you by a Black Muslim In January 1865, the 13th Amendment formally abolished slavery in the United States. Nearly two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, General Gordon Granger and Union soldiers traveled to Galveston, Texas, to bring the news that the Civil War had ended and enslaved


Introducing The Saint Johns Bible

June 9, 2021 by Rev. Nancy Brink | Uncategorized

It is finished. I mean no disrespect to Jesus, but this month I completed a project that has been four years in the making. Chapman is now the permanent home of the Heritage Edition of The Saint Johns Bible. In addition to the purchasing the Bible, my campus team of 10 went to Saint Johns


Intellectual Wellness: Always Learning

May 27, 2021 by | Uncategorized

It is important to always learn new things and expand one’s knowledge. Whether that be a new language, a new book, a new recipe, planting a vegetable you have never planted before, watching a new genre of movies, or attending a master class. Intellectual wellness is a key component of the eight dimensions of wellness


Against Anti-Semitism and Violence Against All Individuals

May 24, 2021 by | Uncategorized

As members of the Fish Interfaith Center staff, we are dedicated to furthering interfaith interaction and developing the spiritual resources for true listening, care, and dialogue. More than ever, we commit ourselves to mutual respect and joint action toward a world where none are subject to violence. We oppose increasing attacks against individuals in the


Mental Health Matters

May 15, 2021 by | Mental Health & Wellness

Mental Health Matters It’s OK not to Be OK Right Now “Our pain isn’t always physical, our suffering isn’t always visible” is a motto I personally attest to hold true. As someone who lost my mother to suicide when I was young, I know all too well the pain and grief when a loved one



May 7, 2021 by Rev. Nancy Brink | Chaplain Musings

I am a daily player of Words with Friends, an online Scrabble-like game that I play with pals from across the country. Some are excellent and regularly outsmart me (that’s you, Jerry Price). Others I have to work less hard to beat! Between each play, a brief ad pops up. It still is creepy when


A Time to Remember

April 21, 2021 by | Uncategorized

Join the Fish Interfaith Center staff Chapman Community Memorial Service Monday, April 26 at 4 pm PST to remember the individual and collective loss we have experienced throughout this year Memorial services or funerals have been part of every culture and every religious, spiritual, and many secular traditions. One of the hardest parts of the


Earth Day: Celebrating Our Connection to Spirit & Planet

April 14, 2021 by | Uncategorized

Renewing Our Connection to Spirit and Planet Spring is the season of hope and renewal, as joyously expressed throughout the world’s religious and spiritual traditions. Is it any wonder why all of humanity’s faiths celebrate the return of spring with such religious richness? Easter, Pesach, Holi, Ramadan, Nowruz, Ostara, Purim, Ridvan, Vaisakhi, and Wesak are


Ramadan Musings: The gravity of a small act

April 12, 2021 by Shaykh Jibreel Speight | Uncategorized

Based upon crescent moon sightings and astronomical calculations, the Holy Month of Ramadan will most likely begin the evening of April 12th. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is when all Muslims of able body and mind perform a month-long fast (the Islamic calendar is lunar, and a month is by


Why a Vigil Table? Why do we gather to remember those who have died?

April 7, 2021 by Rev. Nancy Brink | Uncategorized

Why a Vigil Table? Why do we gather to remember those who have died? I pose two questions today—questions I have gotten from others. First, what is a vigil table? In the world of the Fish chaplains and staff, it is a table set in sacred space where people can come, sit and reflect, pray

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