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September 1, 2020

The start of the academic year is here!  Pio Fair is on Friday, September 4th, so you can visit us online then and ask any questions you might have.  Welcome, and we hope to see you soon!

 

A message from the Office of Spiritual Life (June 2020):

The murder of George Floyd along with other recent deaths of African American people at the hands of police have laid bare systemic racism and the stark structural racial inequities within our nation. We find ourselves outraged, heartbroken and discouraged. Like so many others we feel the need to speak, to connect, to reflect, to pray, and to share our grief and pain.

We believe that this is a time of reckoning, and the response of so many in our nation who have taken up the renewed call of Black Lives Matter stands as a source of hope in a time of mourning and despair.

We in the Spiritual Life Office want to acknowledge the need for racial justice and healing in our nation, our city, and our own Lewis & Clark community. While we know that racism and anti-blackness need to be eliminated, we see too many signs that it is thriving in our midst. We also know it should and can be different, and we are committed to restoring love and justice to their rightful place as the pillars of how we treat one another and live together.

We in the Spiritual Life Office are particularly committed to hope and to nurturing the kinds of spiritual wholeness and goodness that combats racism, hatred and violence. This hope lies in shared spiritual truths about love and human dignity, and we seek to join with all people of good will to create communities where decency, honesty, integrity and loving-kindness prevail.

In our own Lewis & Clark community, we uplift the importance of creating campus environments that prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion. As we seek out ways to support one another and challenge injustices, we will constantly strive to foster civility, respect, accountability, and human dignity.

Black Lives Matter

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The Office of Spiritual Life at Lewis & Clark College supports all spiritual life programs that take place on campus, and has its roots in the Presbyterian heritage of the college. Recognizing the religious and spiritual diversity of the Lewis & Clark community, the Spiritual Life staff seeks to facilitate moral and spiritual dialogue and growth in a context of mutual support.

The Spiritual Initiatives Project began in 2012, and has the core purpose of enhancing our college campus community through 1) interfaith programs, 2) contemplative life and meditation programs, and 3) justice, service and spiritual reflection programs.

An Interfaith Dialogues group encourages dialogue and conversation about a wide variety of spiritual topics.   

Spiritual life groups are a vital form of spiritual expression across the campus.

For further information please contact the spiritual life office by phone or request information by emailing the office at spirituallife@lclark.edu.

Events

October 26th, 2020

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Midday Meditation with Jeanne Lilly

    L&C alumni, families, students, staff, faculty, and friends are all welcome to
    join. Click on link to register.

    Join Jeanne Lilly, PhD, Contemplative Life Coordinator at LC, for a lunch hour meditation. Today’s program on Zoom will involve both mindful movement and sitting meditation. Loose comfortable clothing recommended.

    This event is a part of Homecoming @Home.  For questions about this event, please email Tara McIrvin at taramcirvin@lclark.edu.



  • Rediscovering the True Self Book Group 4:30pm: Rediscovering the True Self Book Group
    • Join us on Mondays at 4:30 pm, starting on September 28th (date revised), as we read Rediscovering the True Self by Dr. Ron Farmer. Ron, an Australian psychologist, university academic, commune dweller, and spiritual seeker, asks the perennial question “Who am I?” in this autobiography of his total nervous breakdown and subsequent exploration of some of life’s great mysteries. Planned for 4:30 pm on Mondays, if you would like to join but are unable to make the time, please let Jeanne Lilly know at jlilly@lclark.edu, as the time may be adjusted to meet student interest. Open to all LC students.

     

  • Tea and Conversation with the Office of Spiritual Life 5:45pm - 7:00pm: Tea and Conversation with the Office of Spiritual Life
    This is an informal open forum and community tea time. We hope to answer your questions about spiritual and religious life on campus, as well as get input from you. In times of distant socializing and uncertainty, we want to hear how you are and ask how we can further support one another – spiritually, religiously, personally.

    What does spiritual life mean to you?
    What can the school do to support your spiritual and/or religious needs on campus?
    What do you know about spiritual life on campus?
    How do you hear about events sponsored by the Office of Spiritual Life?

October 28th, 2020

  • On Being Discussions featuring Darnell Moore, Vincent Harding, Imani Perry, and Desmond Tutu 5:00pm - 6:00pm: On Being Discussions on Race & Healing
    A weekly discussion group for students, staff, and faculty from all three campuses focusing on different On Being podcasts (onbeing.org) from primarily Black voices. Engage the topic of race and healing and work toward justice. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript beforehand, and then gather together around the virtual dinner table to discuss, connect, and act.


    Oct. 28: Darnell Moore, “Self-Reflection and Social Evolution”

    “Darnell Moore says honest, uncomfortable conversations are a sign of love — and that self-reflection goes hand-in-hand with culture shift and social evolution. A writer and activist, he’s grown wise through his work on successful and less successful civic initiatives, including Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to remake the schools of Newark, New Jersey, and he is a key figure in the ongoing, under-publicized, creative story of The Movement for Black Lives.” - Krista Tippett


October 29th, 2020

October 30th, 2020

  • A flag depicting the intersectional communities of trans/non-binary, BIPOC, and LGBQIA+. 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Spiritual Que(e)ry
    All LC students are invited for this student-led weekly gathering for people interested in exploring the intersection of spiritual/religious/secular identities and queer and trans/non-binary identities. Each week will be a slightly different focus, ranging from reflecting on readings, watching short videos, listening to guest speakers, and engaging in various spiritual practices. We also like to have fun!
    Please email spiritualqueery@lclark.edu to sign up for the listserv and get the Zoom link. Also let the leaders know via email if you need accommodations for Zoom. Thanks!

October 31st, 2020

  • Sunset 9:00am - 10:30am: Journey to Self: Walking Nature Meditation
    Decompress, connect with nature, and center yourself during this guided walking nature meditation. This is a welcoming space, and great for those new to meditation or outdoor recreation!





November 2nd, 2020

  • Rediscovering the True Self Book Group 4:30pm: Rediscovering the True Self Book Group
    • Join us on Mondays at 4:30 pm, starting on September 28th (date revised), as we read Rediscovering the True Self by Dr. Ron Farmer. Ron, an Australian psychologist, university academic, commune dweller, and spiritual seeker, asks the perennial question “Who am I?” in this autobiography of his total nervous breakdown and subsequent exploration of some of life’s great mysteries. Planned for 4:30 pm on Mondays, if you would like to join but are unable to make the time, please let Jeanne Lilly know at jlilly@lclark.edu, as the time may be adjusted to meet student interest. Open to all LC students.

     

November 3rd, 2020

  • Loving Kindness Meditation on Election Day 4:30pm: Loving Kindness Meditation for Election Day
    At this significant time in the history of our country, join us as we express loving kindness toward the wider community. This loving kindness meditation is open to Lewis & Clark students, staff, and faculty. Led by Jeanne Lilly, Office of Spiritual Life. 

    RSVP to sign up and receive a Zoom link.

November 4th, 2020

  • On Being Discussions featuring Darnell Moore, Vincent Harding, Imani Perry, and Desmond Tutu 5:00pm - 6:00pm: On Being Discussions on Race & Healing

    Gather for a special optional two-hour discussion for students, staff, and faculty from all three Lewis & Clark campuses. We will spend from 5-6pm the Wednesday evening after the election guided by the wisdom of the late Vincent Harding, who was the chairperson of the Veterans of Hope Project at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript beforehand, and then gather together around the virtual dinner table to discuss and connect. Harding said in the interview with Tippett, “How do we work together? How do we talk together in ways that will open up our best capacities and our best gifts? My own feeling that I try to share again and again, Krista, is that when it comes to creating a multiracial, multiethnic, multireligious, democratic society, we are still a developing nation.”

    Whoever wins the presidential election, Harding’s question calls out to us all in 2020: How do we work together? How do we talk together in ways that will open up our best capacities and our best gifts?

    For those who wish, we can continue the conversation for an additional hour. Stay for as little or as long as you like. 

    Nov. 4: Vincent Harding, “Is America Possible?”

    “Vincent Harding was wise about how the vision of the civil rights movement might speak to 21st-century realities. He reminded us that the movement of the ’50s and ’60s was spiritually as well as politically vigorous; it aspired to a “beloved community,” not merely a tolerant integrated society. He pursued this through patient-yet-passionate cross-cultural, cross-generational relationships. And he posed and lived a question that is freshly in our midst: Is America possible?” - Krista Tippett

    Facilitated by Hilary Martin Himan, Office of Spiritual Life




November 5th, 2020

November 6th, 2020

  • A flag depicting the intersectional communities of trans/non-binary, BIPOC, and LGBQIA+. 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Spiritual Que(e)ry
    All LC students are invited for this student-led weekly gathering for people interested in exploring the intersection of spiritual/religious/secular identities and queer and trans/non-binary identities. Each week will be a slightly different focus, ranging from reflecting on readings, watching short videos, listening to guest speakers, and engaging in various spiritual practices. We also like to have fun!
    Please email spiritualqueery@lclark.edu to sign up for the listserv and get the Zoom link. Also let the leaders know via email if you need accommodations for Zoom. Thanks!

November 9th, 2020

  • Rediscovering the True Self Book Group 4:30pm: Rediscovering the True Self Book Group
    • Join us on Mondays at 4:30 pm, starting on September 28th (date revised), as we read Rediscovering the True Self by Dr. Ron Farmer. Ron, an Australian psychologist, university academic, commune dweller, and spiritual seeker, asks the perennial question “Who am I?” in this autobiography of his total nervous breakdown and subsequent exploration of some of life’s great mysteries. Planned for 4:30 pm on Mondays, if you would like to join but are unable to make the time, please let Jeanne Lilly know at jlilly@lclark.edu, as the time may be adjusted to meet student interest. Open to all LC students.

     

November 11th, 2020

  • On Being Discussions featuring Darnell Moore, Vincent Harding, Imani Perry, and Desmond Tutu 5:00pm - 6:00pm: On Being Discussions on Race & Healing
    A weekly discussion group for students, staff, and faculty from all three campuses focusing on different On Being podcasts (onbeing.org) from primarily Black voices. Engage the topic of race and healing and work toward justice. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript beforehand, and then gather together around the virtual dinner table to discuss and connect.


    Nov. 11: Imani Perry “More Beautiful”

    “James Baldwin said, “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.” Imani Perry embodies that prism. For the past few years, Perry has been pondering the notions of slow work and resistant joy as she writes about what it means to raise her two black sons — as a thinker and writer at the intersection of law, race, culture, and literature.” - Krista Tippett

November 12th, 2020

November 13th, 2020

  • A flag depicting the intersectional communities of trans/non-binary, BIPOC, and LGBQIA+. 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Spiritual Que(e)ry
    All LC students are invited for this student-led weekly gathering for people interested in exploring the intersection of spiritual/religious/secular identities and queer and trans/non-binary identities. Each week will be a slightly different focus, ranging from reflecting on readings, watching short videos, listening to guest speakers, and engaging in various spiritual practices. We also like to have fun!
    Please email spiritualqueery@lclark.edu to sign up for the listserv and get the Zoom link. Also let the leaders know via email if you need accommodations for Zoom. Thanks!

November 16th, 2020

  • Rediscovering the True Self Book Group 4:30pm: Rediscovering the True Self Book Group
    • Join us on Mondays at 4:30 pm, starting on September 28th (date revised), as we read Rediscovering the True Self by Dr. Ron Farmer. Ron, an Australian psychologist, university academic, commune dweller, and spiritual seeker, asks the perennial question “Who am I?” in this autobiography of his total nervous breakdown and subsequent exploration of some of life’s great mysteries. Planned for 4:30 pm on Mondays, if you would like to join but are unable to make the time, please let Jeanne Lilly know at jlilly@lclark.edu, as the time may be adjusted to meet student interest. Open to all LC students.

     

November 18th, 2020

  • On Being Discussions featuring Darnell Moore, Vincent Harding, Imani Perry, and Desmond Tutu 5:00pm - 6:00pm: On Being Discussions on Race & Healing
    Join us for our final On Being Discussion of the fall term. On Being is a weekly discussion group for students, staff, and faculty from all three campuses focusing on different On Being podcasts (onbeing.org) from primarily Black voices. Engage the topic of race and healing and work toward justice. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript beforehand, and then gather together around the virtual dinner table to discuss and connect.


    Nov. 18, Desmond Tutu, “God of Surprises”

    “‘There’s no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love.’

    South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he’s lived and shaped.” - Tippett

November 19th, 2020

November 20th, 2020

  • A flag depicting the intersectional communities of trans/non-binary, BIPOC, and LGBQIA+. 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Spiritual Que(e)ry
    All LC students are invited for this student-led weekly gathering for people interested in exploring the intersection of spiritual/religious/secular identities and queer and trans/non-binary identities. Each week will be a slightly different focus, ranging from reflecting on readings, watching short videos, listening to guest speakers, and engaging in various spiritual practices. We also like to have fun!
    Please email spiritualqueery@lclark.edu to sign up for the listserv and get the Zoom link. Also let the leaders know via email if you need accommodations for Zoom. Thanks!

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