Not Normal, But Still Here
For all the things that aren't what they should have been this semester, the Chaplaincy is still working to find ways to offer connection, reflection, support, and justice-seeking. As we add events, programs, meetings, resources, and more, we'll add them here.
Please note that any in-person events listed are for current Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff only as we try to keep campus as safe as possible while serving our students. We look forward to being open to host community events again soon, and in the meantime almost all online events are open to everyone!
Major Events - Online, Everyone Welcome!
Blues Vespers Online: Ben & Joe picks up where our in-person Vespers left off, with Seattle songsters Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons. Everyone is welcome for this performance of blues, bluegrass, folk, jazz, stories, and more - including short video reflections by UPS students on the people who have inspired and shaped their lives. Zoom link coming soon. Sunday, October 25, 5-6pm.
Nefesh Mountain - Live in Concert welcomes nationally touring bluegrass band Nefesh Mountain back to campus. Nefesh Mountain played their first show in Washington in Kilworth several years ago...this October they're back with us in a special concert for campus, live from New Jersey. Zoom link coming soon.. Wednesday, October 28, 7-830pm.
White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity is our Fall 2020 Swope Endowed Lecture, hosted by President Isiaah Crawford and University Chaplain Dave Wright. Our guest is Robert P. Jones, the CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, a leading national organization studying the intersection of religion and politics in the United States. Audience questions will be facilitated by students from the Swope Lecture committee. Zoom link coming soon. Tuesday, November 10, 6:30-830pm.
An Evening with Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Dave Brown, and Imam Jamal Rahman: The PNW Interfaith Amigos brings the Interfaith Amigos back to Tacoma - virtually - for a student-hosted panel conversation about the heart of their interfaith journeys and friendships. Rabbi Ted, Pastor Dave, and Imam Jamal provide an accessible introduction to interfaith work as friends and brothers, welcoming guests of any, all, and no particular faith backgrounds. Zoom link coming soon. Thursday, November 12, 7-8:30pm.
Weekly Online Connections - Everyone is Welcome!
Mondays 4:30-5:30pm (Pacific) - Taking Time: Sharing Gratitude is a weekly, student-led space for reflecting on the things in life that keep us going - hopes, dreams, moments of joy, and more.
Fridays 2:30-3pm (Pacific) - Taking Time: The Struggle is Real is a weekly space for sharing the hard stuff - the struggles and challenges we face as individuals, a community, and a world.
In Person - Campus Members Only
Our in-person events are held at or around Kilworth Chapel, follow a health/safety interim operating plan consistent with state and campus guidance, and are approved by the Dean of Students' office.
Situationally Spiritual: Open Space in Kilworth Chapel: As we get into shorter days and the arguable beauty of grey PNW fall weather, we will have Kilworth Chapel open twice a week as an indoor, safely managed, inclusively (or situationally) spiritual space for the campus community. It starts with some background music and a quiet space for reflection, but will variously have stations for individual no-contact interaction, mindful walking, small group (and distanced) conversation, and more. Wednesdays 530-8pm and Sundays 1-3pm. Occasional Sundays will have a small, brief, facilitated space for Christian-rooted contemplative prayer right at 3pm.