Supporting the People of Lebanon

August 7, 2020 by | Uncategorized

Even in a world where barely a household or business has been untouched by COVID-19 and hospitals have been overrun, people in countries across the world reached out with heartbreak and condolences for the people of Lebanon upon learning of Tuesday’s devastation following a deadly massive explosion in Beruit. “Every single business in Beirut has


Taking a Break in Uncertainty

July 30, 2020 by | Chaplain Musings

Life is immensely uncertain right now. Last March, I wrote a piece about how time and space were taking on a new character as we transitioned to online learning. We did so with heroic efforts. And now we face another major transition, preparing for an unprecedented start to this academic year with teaching, learning, and


Healing Our Nation's Soul

June 30, 2020 by | Mental Health & Wellness

HEALING OUR NATION’S SOUL “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Rumi If You’re Hurting, You’re Not Alone As Americans celebrate the Fourth of July and commemorate our nation’s independence, like many of us right now, my heart feels heavy. My soul hurts. While navigating through the array of conflicting emotions over the


The Syllabus

June 25, 2020 by | Uncategorized

It’s that time again to begin creating or revising syllabi for fall – this year for “hyflex” classrooms! I am deeply grateful to Mildred Lewis for helping open our awareness, as faculty prepare and students scan “The Syllabus.” Gail Stearns, Dean, Wallace All Faiths Chapel In my first semester of college I realized that syllabi


Juneteenth, the American Dream and Revolutionary Love

June 18, 2020 by | Chaplain Musings

When I “passed the mic” to Mona Asadi ’22 to write a blog to the Chapman community this week, and received this essay from her, I was overwhelmed – so beautifully written, personal, and challenging. Please read – truly worth a few moments of your time!  ~ Gail Stearns, Dean, Wallace All Faiths Chapel As


Juneteenth is Not a Cookout

June 18, 2020 by | Chaplain Musings

Educational institutions throughout the country teach the Civil War. Dates, specific individuals, locations, and that little issue known as slavery are the pillars of Civil War teachings. We all have learned about the Civil War. We all claim to know its reasons. We may have even entertained ourselves watching movies about it. After we “learn”


Knitting with Pain

June 15, 2020 by Dr. Jacob Rennaker | Chaplain Musings

Pain can easily tear a community apart–especially when some feel that pain more deeply than others. On the other hand, pain can bring a community closer together than ever before. What makes the difference? Knitting. Yes, I believe that knitting makes all the difference between a community on the verge of self-destruction and a community



June 8, 2020 by Rev. Cisa Payuyo | Chaplain Musings

A few weeks ago, at the beginning of our shelter-in-place orders, I shared with my beloved that I had never watched the movie Fiddler on the Roof. I never saw the musical play in person either. As a Filipino American born and raised in Los Angeles, I grew up going to family parties where oftentimes

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