Be Adaptive, Not Reactive to Change

April 23, 2020 by | Mental Health & Wellness

BE ADAPTIVE, NOT REACTIVE TO CHANGE “Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind” Series Chapman University’s Director of Contemplative Practices and Well-being Advances Strategies for Coping During Crisis and Uncertainty. Navigating change is never easy. Whether it’s a health scare, personal loss, or financial hardship, it’s natural to experience anxiety, grief, and a lack of feeling in control.


Feeling like a Family – Even in Isolation

April 16, 2020 by Jacob Rennaker | Chaplain Musings

Today, I’ve never felt more alone. But at the same time, I’ve never felt more connected to others – like I’m part of a very large and incredibly kind community that’s come to feel more like a family. How can I feel both at the same time? Let me explain. Our first child was due


Earth Day, Ridván, and Ramadan

April 15, 2020 by | Holidays

by Gail Stearns, Dean of the Chapel We might expect that religious holidays often offer strength to believers, with assurance that through trials emerge new life. However, I was surprised to learn that a holiday we can all celebrate, Earth Day, offers a similar message, if we take seriously lessons scientists are learning from their



April 10, 2020 by | Uncategorized

With shared commitment to uphold the strength of the Spiritual Pillar and the Chapman spirit, The Fish Interfaith Center is pleased to launch CHAPMAN HOPE—a new platform of online resources and virtual services to provide spiritual grounding, calm, care, and compassion during the COVID-19 crisis. We offer these resources as we adjust to the challenges


Introducing Chapman Hope

April 10, 2020 by | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of Chapman, The Fish Interfaith Center at Chapman University is pleased to introduce CHAPMAN HOPE! We have been working diligently in faith to create a platform for meditation, prayer, Chaplain support, and wellness resources for faculty, staff, students and our community, and support for our various spiritual and religious student groups. We are


Tips for Working Remotely

April 9, 2020 by | Uncategorized

“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar . . . “I – I hardly know, Sir, just at present,” Alice replied rather shyly, “at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have changed several times since then.” – Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Everything can


Chag Sameach.  Happy Passover.

April 8, 2020 by | Uncategorized

Chag Sameach.  Happy Passover What a strange time to be living in when there is an actual plague happening during the time of Pesach. Over the last month, our lives have been upended and we have been forced to adjust over and over again as the guidelines keep changing on how to deal with COVID-19


That Feeling of Grief and Finding Meaning

April 1, 2020 by | Uncategorized

We grieve the things we never even had, a friend once said to me after I had experienced a profound loss. Indeed, we grieve the future we were imagining, planning toward, or counting on. In normal times, we spend much of our time engaging in anticipatory causality, a term coined by Sara Ahmed, author of


The Spiritual Pillar

March 28, 2020 by | Uncategorized

Taking some exercise and walking on Chapman’s lovely (and very empty) campus today, I entered the Piazza. That’s when I noticed that the fountain appeared to be turned off. As I moved closer, I realized that it wasn’t completely off—there was still some water coming out of one of the pillars.  Hmmm…interesting. Chapman makes a

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