Events

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Opening Days Interdenominational Worship Service

9:30 a.m.
August 23, 2015, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

Please join us for this service led by Chaplain Karen Wood with assistance from students. Open to all, the approach is "progressive Christian" -- in line with Willamette's heritage and in tune with current spiritual and political perspectives.

Alumni Weekend: A Time of Remembrance

9:30 a.m.
September 20, 2015, Under the Star Trees (Cone Chapel in case of rain)

Gather under the Star Trees with Willamette's chaplains, Karen Wood and Gary Ellison, for an informal, but very special, time of remembrance as we pay respect to members of our community who have passed on.

Big Questions Over Lunch

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Join us for a lively brown-bag seminar and discussion of a variety of topics. Bring your lunch or allow an extra 15-20 minutes to purchase it at the Cat Cavern.

Our presenter will be the ever popular Prof. Stephen Patterson, Chair of the Religious Studies Department.

This month’s topic:

A Heart of Darkness: Is Christianity a Violent Religion?  In this talk Steve Patterson will examine Jonathan Sacks' recent claim that all the Abrahamic faiths have a history that is both noble and humane and at the same time violent.  Why?  Patterson has his own ideas to add to Sacks'.

Please come and join this engaging program and conversation. All are welcome and as always this presentation is free of charge. Remember this is a ‘bring your own lunch’ event. We look forward to seeing you there!

November 9, 2015

7:00- 8:30 pm
Lecture- Pope Francis and the Politics of Family , Cone Chapel

Patricia Miller is the award winning author of Good Catholics: The Battle Over Abortion in the Catholic Church and a Senior Correspondent for Religion Dispatches. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, The Nation, Huffington Post, and Ms. Magazine. She is currently working on a book about women, sex, and shame. Miller Holds a Dual B.A. in Political Science and Communications from LaSalle University and an M.A. in Journalism from New York University.

Sponsored by the Center for Religion, Law, & Democracy, the Office of the Chaplains, and the Women and Gender Studies Program. For more information, contact: Reyna Meyers at rmeyers@willamette.edu or at (503) 370- 6046,

Family Weekend Interdenominational Worship Service

TBD
October 11, 2015, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

Everyone is welcome to this service of worship led by the Rev. Karen Wood, university chaplain. While interdenominational in scope, this service honors Willamette's relationship to The United Methodist Church and is in the style and spirit of progressive mainline Christianity.

26th Annual Salem Peace Lecture

7:30 p.m.
October 21, 2015, Hudson Recital Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University

Nonviolent Resistance- Does It Really Work? What does the research tell us?

Featuring Erica Chenoweth, Primary Author of "Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict"/ Associate Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway/ Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado

Tim Buckley and Elaine Hultengren will be honored with the 2015 Salem Peacemaker Award

Big Questions Over Lunch

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Join us for a lively brown-bag seminar and discussion of a variety of topics. Bring your lunch or allow an extra 15-20 minutes to purchase it at the Cat Cavern. Parking information may be found at

Big Questions Over Lunch

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Join us for a lively brown-bag seminar and discussion of a variety of topics. Bring your lunch or allow an extra 15-20 minutes to purchase it at the Cat Cavern. Parking information may be found at

Big Questions Over Lunch

11:45 a.m. - 12: 45 p.m.

Join us for a lively brown-bag seminar and discussion of a variety of topics. Bring your lunch or allow an extra 15-20 minutes to purchase it at the Cat Cavern. Parking information may be found at

Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Noon
February 10, 2016, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

In observance of the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, Chaplain Karen Wood will lead a worship service of prayer, singing, readings, and the imposition of ashes. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

Big Questions Over Lunch

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Join us for a lively brown-bag seminar and discussion of a variety of topics. Bring your lunch or allow an extra 15-20 minutes to purchase it at the Cat Cavern. Parking information may be found at

Big Questions Over Lunch

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Join us for a lively brown-bag seminar and discussion of a variety of topics. Bring your lunch or allow an extra 15-20 minutes to purchase it at the Cat Cavern. Parking information may be found at