Events

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Opening Days Interdenominational Worship Service

9:30 a.m.
August 21, 2016, 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

11:15- Noon
September 24, 2016, 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.

Family Weekend Interdenominational Worship Service

9:30
October 16, 2016, 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.

Big Questions Over Lunch #1: "The Children of God"

11:45-12:45
Tuesday February 7, 2017, Alumni Lounge of the WU University Center(3rd floor)
The Children of God: Race, Class, and Gender and the Story of Christianity's First Unbelievable Creed with Prof. Stephen Patterson, Chair of the Religious Studies Department
"Race, class and gender have always divided us one from another. But once upon a time followers of Jesus thought they should give up on distinctions based on race, class, and gender. In this talk Prof. Patterson tells the story of their creed, their convictions, and what happened to them."

Bring your lunch or allow an extra 15-20 minutes to purchase lunch at the Cat Cavern.

Parking information may be found at http://willamette.edu/offices/safety/parking/index.html

Creativity Commons #1: "Color Your Stress Away!"

6-8pm
Tuesday February 28, 2017, Smullin 129

Feeling overwhelmed by exams, essays, and due dates? Overworked and sleep deprived? The Office of the Chaplains has the solution for you!

Destress and express at Creativity Commons a monthly program hosted by the Chaplains Programming Intern. Past projects have included journal decorating, coloring pages, and vision boards.

February Event: Coloring Pages.

Stop by, relax, and color! Stay for as long as you like. 

For more information, contact sfreilic@willamette.edu

Ash Wednesday Worship Service

Noon
March 1, 2017, 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 #2: "Is Islam a Religion of Peace or Violence?"

11:45-12:45
Tuesday March 7, 2017, Alumni Lounge of the WU University Center(3rd floor)

Is Islam a Religion of Peace or Violence? with Shatha Almutawa, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

In 1438 years of history, Muslims have encountered various people of other cultures and religions. From the prophet Muhammad's lifetime to the contemporary period, these encounters resulted in exchange, cross-fertilization of ideas, and also war. In this lecture, we visit such encounters in the Abbasid, Mughal, Mamluk, and contemporary periods.

Dr. Shatha Almutawa is a scholar of Islam and Judaism whose research has focused on the medieval period. She has focused on intellectual exchange between Islam and other religions, and her work employs literary, philosophical, and historical methods. In 2013, Almutawa received her doctorate from the University of Chicago, where she wrote her dissertation “Imaginative Cultures and Historic Transformations: Narrative in Rasa’il Ikhwan Al-Safa,” which examined philosophical allegories, parables, and tales written in tenth-century Iraq.

At Willamette, she teaches Introduction to Islam; Religion, Peace, and Violence; Muslim and Jewish Philosophy; Women in Islam; and Islamic Sects and Movements.

More about Prof. Almutawa: http://willamette.edu/cla/religion/faculty/almutawa/index.html

Bring your lunch or allow an extra 15-20 minutes to purchase lunch at the Cat Cavern.

Parking information may be found at http://willamette.edu/offices/safety/parking/index.html

Purim Festival (organized by Willamette's Jewish Student Union)

6-8 p.m.
Monday, March 13, 2017, Alumni Lounge of the WU University Center(3rd floor)
Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.
Come join us for a celebration as we retell the Purim story! There will be crafts and cookies so come take a break from your studies and have some fun with us!
 

Creativity Commons #2

6-8 p.m.
Tuesday March 21, 2017, Smullin 129

Feeling overwhelmed by exams, essays, and due dates? Overworked and sleep deprived? The Office of the Chaplains has the solution for you!

Destress and express at Creativity Commons a monthly program hosted by the Chaplains Programming Intern. Past projects have included journal decorating, coloring pages, and vision boards.

For more information, contact sfreilic@willamette.edu

March event: Viison Boards

Big Questions Over Lunch #3: "Women in Iran, A Historical Approach"

11:45-12:45
Tuesday April, 4 2017, Alumni Lounge of the WU University Center(3rd floor)

 Women in Iran, A Historical Approach with Saghar Sadeghian, Part-time/Visiting professor of History

This talk is a brief introduction about women in Iranian society. The talk follows two parallel phenomena in the country: movements which support women’s rights, or the so-called feminism; and the non-movement, or what women do in their daily life which helps push the borders. The presentation considers both public and private spaces and their discourses. It also compares the goals of the Islamic Republic — from the early days of the 1979 Revolution until now — with where the society is actually going.

Saghar Sadeghian received her undergraduate education at an underground Baha’i university in Iran as Baha’is are not allowed to enter universities in this country. She received her Masters in the U.K., at Lancaster University; and  her PhD from the University of New Sorbonne, Paris 3. She was a Postdoctoral Associate (2014-2015) and received the Rice Faculty Fellowship (2015-2016) from the MacMillan Center, Yale University.
Saghar joined Willamette University as a visiting assistant professor of history of the Middle East this year (2016-17). Her primary research focuses on minority groups and modern citizenship in the Middle East with emphasis on Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. As some ongoing projects, Saghar is working on her book, Non-Muslims and the Constitutional Revolution: a Quest of Identity; and proceeds a new project on Environmental History of Forestry and Exploitation of Caspian Forests of Northern Iran in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Apart from teaching courses on the history of the Middle East at Willamette, she is also the Associate Director of Yale Iranian History Internet Archives (YIHA).

Bring your lunch or allow an extra 15-20 minutes to purchase lunch at the Cat Cavern.

Parking information may be found at http://willamette.edu/offices/safety/parking/index.html

Good Friday Worship Service

Noon-12:30
Friday April 14, 2017, Cone Chapel

Creativity Commons #3

TBA
Tuesday April 21, 2017, Smullin 129

Feeling overwhelmed by exams, essays, and due dates? Overworked and sleep deprived? The Office of the Chaplains has the solution for you!

Destress and express at Creativity Commons a monthly program hosted by the Chaplains Programming Intern. Past projects have included journal decorating, coloring pages, and vision boards.

For more information, contact sfreilic@willamette.edu

Activity TBA.