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September 7th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Community at Willamette, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall
What kind of community are we?
What kind of community do we want to be?
How do we find/build community on campus and beyond?
How do we understand ourselves as many communities and as one?
What happens when our communities are in conflict?
If you have ideas about any of these questions, come to share them at Convocation!

September 13th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Bishop 2.0, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

Come meet new staff from Bishop Wellness Center and learn about services for students at BWC.

September 20th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Students Speak!, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall
A presentation and discussion on the results of the 2017 Campus Climate on Sexual Assault & Harassment Survey.
Last year, about 1200 WU students took a survey on their experiences with- and understandings of- Willamette's climate for sexual assault and harassment. Join us at Convo as we share those findings with the community and ask for your feedback on how to improve our climate

September 27th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Exploregon, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

How do we access public lands and best enjoy this state?

October 2nd, 2018

11:45–12:45 p.m.
BQOL: God Bless America?, Cat Cavern, UC2
The "God-Given" Right to Own a Gun, Frack the Earth, and... Take a Knee

We often speak about the intersection of religion and politics, but we neglect the way “Americanism” is itself like a religion. In this discussion, we will examine Civil Religion in the United States: its holy texts, sacred places, martyrs, dogmas, psalms, high priests, myths, and dissenters. How does Civil Religion in the United States help us makes sense of our turbulent political moment – and what the future might hold.

October 4th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: What We Expect of Men, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

Explorations in Masculinity

October 11th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Land and Landscape in the History of Willamette: A New Look at Our Institution’s History, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)

Presenters: 2018 LARC Researchers

For Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration, LARC researchers present what they learned about the founding and history of Willamette.

October 18th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Mentorship, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)

How does mentorship work and what are its advantages?

October 25th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Digital Porn, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

Where www meets XXX

How does digital porn affect our attitudes about sexual behavior?  Safe sex? Consent?

November 1st, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: #WontBeErased, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

What art the current political threats to transgender identity?
What resources are available for trans folks at Willamette?
What can everyone do to support the trans community?

November 6th, 2018

11:45-12:45 p.m.
BQOL: Lessons from the Border Crisis, Cat Cavern, University Center

Willamette College of Law Professor Warren Binford is one of a small handful of experts from around the country who has government clearance to interview immigrant children and families, including those forcibly separated, and to inspect and report on the conditions in which the children and their parents are being detained.

In this session, she will provide an overview of the humanitarian aid crisis at the border, the legal challenges we face, and how you can get involved. She has made sharing with the Willamette community a priority in light of our shared values exemplified by our motto, “Not Unto Ourselves Alone Are We Born.” 

November 8th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Advocacy, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)

Supporting survivors of sexual assault

November 15th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Falling Fruit, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

Stemming hunger through urban foraging

November 29th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Soul Box Project, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall
The Soul Box Project is a national community art project calling for the making of one hand-folded paper box for every person killed or injured by gunfire in the U.S. since 2014. Hundreds of thousands of these Boxes will be displayed together in massive art installations to raise awareness of the U.S. gunfire epidemic by counting and honoring victims, offering healing participation to those seeking solace, and providing dramatic visual support for all initiatives working for a safer society.

Join us at Convocation to contribute to this project and make your own Soul Box to send to the Soul Box Project!

December 4th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
BQOL: Claremont School of Theology, Alumni Lounge
Claremont School of Theology and Willamette University have been exploring the possibility of CST embedding in Willamette as a third professional school. Come hear more about this process and what potential it holds for Willamette, CST, the Salem community, and beyond.

December 6th, 2018

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: College Cooking, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall
Recipes, Demonstrations, Samples and Advice!

January 31st, 2019

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Zena, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)
The what, where, and how of Zena. Learn about recent changes and improvements that make this wonderful resource more accessible than ever.

February 5th, 2019

11:45–12:45 p.m.
BQOL: Truth, Healing, and Change, Putnam University Center

The work of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.

Speaker: Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology and faculty supervisor for the Chemawa Indian School-Willamette University Partnership Program

February 14th, 2019

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Women Who Run for Office, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall
A record number of women ran for elected office in 2018.  Come meet three women who ran for local office in Salem and hear about their motivations, their experiences and how they continue to be engaged in this community.
Deb Patterson
Shelaswau Crier
Jacqueline Leung

February 21st, 2019

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Cultural Appropriation, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)
This convocation will be a facilitated conversation that asks students and community members to dialogue and engage with the challenging questions about what it means to have “ownership, understanding, and respect” for a culture, and who gets to decide what is appropriate.

February 28th, 2019

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Latinx Urbanism, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)

Interactive Planning and A New Community Visioning Model

How is city planning related to social justice? How can students help apply a social justice lens to city planning in Salem? Featuring urban planner, community activist, and artist James Rojas.

March 5th, 2019

11:45–12:45 p.m.
BQOL: Antisemitism in 21st Century America, Alumni Lounge

A panel discussion led by Professors of History Colter, Eisenberg, and Smaldone

March 6th, 2019

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Christian Service, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)
With imposition of ashes. Join the members of the Willamette community for this service marking the beginning of Lent.

March 7th, 2019

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Ageism, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)

Feeling dismissed because you’re old?
Feeling dismissed because you’re young?
What is ageism and what can we do about it?

March 14th, 2019

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Religion and Science, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)
What are some of the similarities between religion and science? Come hear the perspectives of speakers from the religious studies, chemistry, and physics departments!
Featuring speakers Prof. Sarah Kirk, Prof. Stephen Patterson, and Prof. Jed Rembold.

March 21st, 2019

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Navigating your Psyche on Social Media, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)

This convocation will examine the potential impact of social media on our perception of self, mental health, and social interactions. We will examine the impacts of our own experiences with social media and look for strategies to engage with it more critically.

April 2nd, 2019

11:45–12:45 p.m.
BQOL: Senior Religious Studies Major Presentations, Cat Cavern, UC2

For BQOL this month we will hear from two seniors who will present on their Religious Studies theses. Come to learn, ask questions, and see what Willamette students are up to!

April 4th, 2019

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Fast Fashion, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)

It's more than a t-shirt.

April 11th, 2019

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Destructive Tourism, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)
Examining the unintended effects of national and international touring.

April 12th, 2019

Lear Scholarship Application Deadline

The Office of the Chaplains announces funding for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors engaged in summer internships in religious or faith-related organizations. Internships are to be proposed by students in concert with their chosen organizations and will be supported in the amount of $4500, which includes travel, living expenses, and a stipend. Two internships are available for summer 2019.

How to apply:

The application is by student proposal, which should include:

  • A statement of purpose for the internship, including learning goals, evidence of preparation and a timeline for the internship.
  • A letter of support from the internship site, detailing: information about the agency or organization, including mission, governance and staffing structure; a position description for the internship, including main duties; identification of and information about the on-site supervisor; a statement of willingness to provide supervision and support for an intern.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one academic, the other work or volunteer-related.
  • A degree audit.

An internship should provide meaningful work for the intern, an on-site supervisor, and an opportunity for theological reflection.

Internship applications are due electronically to the Office of the Chaplains on April 12, 2019. Please send to A selection committee will determine the awards by April 26.

For more information or inquiries, please contact Karen Wood, University Chaplain at

April 18th, 2019

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: What Does it Mean to Have a Disability, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)

Disability and Accessibility on Willamette's Campus

April 25th, 2019

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Prison Reform, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)

Highlighting Oregon's harsh sentencing system.

Featuring speaker Trevor Walraven, a formerly incarcerated person who has become an influential advocate for prison reform, specifically in terms of Oregon’s juvenile sentencing laws.

May 2nd, 2019

11:30–12:30 p.m.
Convo: Personal Finance, Cone Chapel (Waller Hall)

How to budget for future endeavors