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Spiritual Life

August 1, 2020

New Student Orientation (NSO) and the start of the academic year is just around the corner.  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

August 28th, 2020

  • NSO Shabbat Friday, August 28 7:15pm: NSO Shabbat
    Everyone is welcome to join in this joyous Jewish Shabbat service, followed by an Oneg Shabbat. Hillel staff and returning students will lead Kabbalat Shabbat prayers.
    The service will be outdoors, with the specific location to be announced.

August 30th, 2020

  • 11:00am: NSO Chapel Service
    Join us for Christian worship sponsored by the Pioneer Christian Fellowship. The service theme is Keys to Spiritual Growth in College, and students from all denominations are welcome.
    The service will be outdoors, with the specific location to be announced.
  • Labyrinth workshop on Sept. 30, 2018 6:30pm: NSO Labyrinth walk meditation
    Come and take a few minutes to walk the labyrinth and calm your spirit. Spiritual life staff will be present to welcome you and answer questions about spirituality at LC.
    Location: Manor House west-side patio (outdoor)

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