Stresses and Hope: Facing Racism and COVID-19

June 2, 2020 by | Chaplain Musings

I have come to believe that in the face of COVID-19, we are all experiencing grief. Almost every one of us is experiencing the stress of loss. But stress is not distributed equally in our society. My not being able to move about freely in my neighborhood or travel is not the same as another’s



June 1, 2020 by Rev. Nancy Brink | Chaplain Musings

I have been thinking a lot about the story of Exodus in this pandemic. It began as I walked home the day that students were told that classes were going online the next day. Students were frantically carrying items from their dorms, very little properly packed. There was none of the festivity of move in


Congratulations amid a Culture of Caring

May 21, 2020 by | Chaplain Musings

Yes, yes, yes! We made it through this semester – and not just made it but flourished! In unprecedented circumstances, we have seen heroic efforts on the part of students, faculty, staff, all of us. I offer this video of blessings from the Fish Interfaith Center for our graduating students – and if you, like


Bored, Depressed, and Want to Give Up? The Noonday Demon Whispers!: Pentecost 2020

May 18, 2020 by | Chaplain Musings

Evargrius Ponticus, a third-century hermit who lived isolated in the Egyptian desert, knew all about boredom, discouragement, and wanting to give up. He personified this chorus of negativity with a telling nickname, “The Noonday Demon.” Unlike other tempters who lurk under cover of darkness, when Evargrius was weary and discouraged, this demon appeared in broad


Who You Gonna Call? Campus Chaplains in a time of COVID-19

May 18, 2020 by | Chaplain Musings

Ever felt like you needed someone to talk to, but didn’t know who? That’s exactly what campus chaplains are here for. What you might be surprised to learn is that a chaplain provides emotional, social and spiritual support regardless of a person’s faith or no faith. Chaplains go through training, a master’s and sometimes a


What If We are not at War, but Discovering?

May 15, 2020 by | Chaplain Musings

The Jacaranda trees are in stunning bloom right now near the Chapman campus. Every year their flowering purple display takes me by surprise. Throughout much of the year these majestic trees are rather unremarkable, and easy to pass by unnoticed. They are a poignant reminder of the need for respite, for dormancy, before the spring


How We Cope with Hope

May 12, 2020 by | Mental Health & Wellness

How We Cope with Hope “Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind” Series Chapman University’s Director of Contemplative Practices and Well-being Advances Strategies for Coping During Crisis and Uncertainty. “Crisis-Coping” Fatigue Learning to cope in the midst of crisis and uncertainty can understandably take its toll on your brain, body, and being. These feelings can become all the more


Taking a Breath in the Midst of COVID-19

May 8, 2020 by | Chaplain Musings

“Just breathe.” That used to be solid advice for so many things. It works to alleviate anxiety or pre-performance jitters. Breath training is key for a woman near to giving birth, or a person living with chronic pain. Singers and actors know the power of deep breathing for performances. Yet suddenly, taking a breath can


You Can Close Your Eyes

May 7, 2020 by Rev. Nancy Brink | Chaplain Musings

Some years ago—I got an idea. I heard an old James Taylor song come on the radio: You Can Close Your Eyes. In the song, James’ phrase, “close your eyes,” is about trust. And that day I imagined that the singer of the song is Jesus, building community among his followers, singing to all of


An Antidote to Loneliness

May 1, 2020 by | Chaplain Musings

Let me begin with appreciation and thanks to our Chapman faculty and staff. Although I can’t see you face to face, I see your work more clearly than ever online and in my zoom calls with you. I love hearing about your incredibly creative online teaching methods and ambitious timely research, much of which is

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