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Chaplaincy

 

Recent Events

Holidays & Special Days

Easter
Sunrise Service: Meet on Chapel Steps, candle procession to cemetery for sunrise service. Roxanne Bellamy-Campbell offers the message. Followed by pancake breakfast
Joint Easter Service between Protestant Chapel Community at Hamilton: co-led by Roxanne Bellamy-Campbell & Jeff McArn followed by brunch 
Easter Mass: led by Fr. John Croghan

Easter Vigil/Holy Saturday
Beginning with an outdoor fire behind the Glen House with singing and worship at the beginning of the light dawning in the darkness. Candles transfer the light to the Christ candle upstairs in the chapel where volunteers pray and keep vigil over the flame all night until dawn.

Good Friday
Ecumenical Service, Reading of the Passion Narrative led by Fr. Croghan and Jeff McArn
Outdoor Stations of the Cross: 14 stations of prayer, reflecting on moments of the crucifixion of Christ, carrying a cross to various locations around campus, beginning on the chapel steps around the main quad down Martin's way by Beinecke and the Pub to the Root Glen and ending in the College Cemetery.

Maundy Thursday
Remebrance of the Last Supper with footwashing, readings from the Tenebrae, and agape meal

Freedom Seder
Discussion of some texts and symbols of the Passover Seder and the Last Supper of Jesus and the significance of "the blood of the lamb" and the bread and wine, and the eating of foods representing the reality of slavery in Egypt -- bitter root of affliction, the salty tears, and the mortar used for forced building with bricks... and how do all these symbols point us to the way of freedom?
*Co-led by Anat Guez and Jeff McArn

Palm Sunday
Protestant Services with Palms and Communion
Catholic Services with Palms

Ash Wednesday Services
Catholic Mass 
Protestant Communion Upstairs Meditation Room

Candlelight Lessons and Carols Christmas Service
with College Hill Singers or College Choir

Christmas Midnight Mass
with College Choir or College Hill Singers

Hanukah Menorah Lighting Outside of the Chapel
All are welcome to come as we light a big Menorah outside of the chapel every night of Hanukah and then go inside to light a real menorah, play some dreidel, and sing some Hanukah songs.

Christmas Tree Decorating Party
All are welcome to a tree decorating party.  There will be pizza and holiday music.

Trust Treat
Campus-wide trick-or-treating on Halloween around campus for children from Utica.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner
Eells House Dining Room

Sukkot Celebration
Sukkot

September 11th Remembrance
Procession from KJ to the Chapel where students offer prayers and remembrances from different traditions
 

Recurring Events

Community Lunch
Monthly series with student musicians and professors who answer the question: "Why do I teach?" Accompanied by lunch and discussion
Fillius Events Barn

Spirituality on Tap
Series with professors who discuss the meaning of life
Little Pub

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Retreat: Basileia
Saranac Lake Young Life Camp
Late May

Baccalaureate Interfaith Service
Late May

Helen Sperling: Holocaust Survivor
Testimony of a Polish Jew
March-April

Super Bowl Party: America’s Religion
February

Jumu’ah (Friday) Prayers
Muslim Student Association invites anyone interested to join them on their weekly trip to the Kemble Street mosque to observe/participate in Friday prayers.

Candlelight Compline Prayer Service
Led by Fr. Tim Reger of St. James Episcopal Church, Adjunct Episcopal Chaplain

Workshop for Yoga Student Leaders of Hamilton’s Yoga Club
Followed by General Yoga Class
Eliza Moore & Naomi Guttman, Instructors

Sitting Meditation with Roshi from Syracuse Zen Center
Chapel Meditation Room and Chapel Lounge

Service for Private Remembrance
Everyone in the community is invited to come and remember loved ones who have passed away

Expedition Retreat
IVCF Regional Event in Liverpool, NY
October

FAST-O-THON
Campus wide day of fasting to raise money for charity with MSA presentation on the religious nature of fasting in Islam. The fast is broken after sunset with a catered dinner.
October

Family Weekend Shabbat Dinner
Azel Backus
October

Family Weekend Joint Chapel Service
Brunch following the service
October

Overnight Retreat
Off-campus overnight retreat for prayer, community building, and biblical study.

Interfaith Marshmallow Roast
Bonfire at the back of the Glen House for incoming students interested in religious life to gather and meet student leaders.

Topical Discussions

Jumma Shabbat
Muslim Student Association teams up with Hillel to celebrate the holy day of Friday, observing together Asr prayer & a discussion on the meaning of Jumma by the MSA and a Shabbat service & Kiddush led by Hillel. Jumma Mubarak and Shabbat Shalom!
Azel Backus House
Friday, April 17th, 2015

New Jim Crow book discussion
Michelle Alexander’s book on racial inequality fostered by the criminal justice system’s mass incarceration of young black males.
Days-Massolo Center
April, 2013

Christian Fellowship Fast Day/ Prayer Vigil
Join in this day of fasting, and sign off the meal plan. Doing so strengthens the contribution to our support of the Thea Bowman House in Utica, a non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk kids and their families. Also join in the prayer vigil which will go from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. when the fast will be broken by a celebratory community feast.
April, 2013

Lunch Discussion: “The Place of Muslims in American Culture”
Prof. Aaron Spevack, Islamicist scholar from Colgate University will lead the conversation.  All are welcome to join!
Days-Massolo Center
February, 2013


Lunch Discussion - The Spirituality of Popular Music
Hit songs today and the nature of their spiritual depth. Led by Eliza Moore, Spiritual Artist in Residence
Azel Backus House
February, 2013


Interfaith Service Initiative
Habitat for Humanity worksite Lansing Street, Utica and Rescue Mission of Utica “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” awareness walk for homelessness. Lunch following at Habitat work site
* Co-sponsored by HAVOC
February, 2013


Dedication of Joshua Hicks ’09 Memorial Collection in Spiritual Film
Celebratory dinner and remembrance of Joshua Hicks '09
Screening of Jicks’ senior film project in spirituality
Remarks by Prof. Steve Humphries-Brooks
Chapel
February, 2013

Speakers

Songwriting Roundtable: The Spirituality of the Creative Process
Dinner discussion led by and featuring original music by Eliza Moore
Chapel Loft
February 2013

Lecture by Dr. Sol Messinger-Holocaust survivor
Jewish Community Center
April 2013

Community Chapel Special Guest: “Repeat Offenders”
A guitar, keyboard, drums ensemble made up of four Presbyterian ministers and lay people will lead this service… using contemporary music to supplement spoken reflection.
Meditation: "Reflections on the Apostle Bruce" (Bruce Cockburn, that is!)
April, 2013

Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Joshua Nelson
Celebrate Shabbat prayers with a Jewish Gospel flair
Eells Dining Room
February 2013

Open Mic Worship with the Protestant Chapel Community
Roxanne Bellamy-Campbell and Jeff McArn will lead a combined service including Labyrinth walk meditation, songs, spoken word, poetry, and a lunch communion afterwards.
Fillius Events Barn
February 2013

Spirituality on Tap with Prof. Todd Franklin
“The Spirituality of Nietzsche”
*Co-sponsored by the Hamilton Secular Society
The Little Pub
February 2013

Kosher Gospel Concert with Joshua Nelson
Start things off with a buffet of middle-eastern food from the Phoenician and enjoy traditional Jewish liturgical songs infused with the energy of the Gospel tradition.
*Sponsored by Hillel and Christian Fellowship
Fillius Events Barn
January 2013

“Panel on Free Speech and Images of Muhammad”
with Abhishek Amar and Brent Rodriguez-Plate of the Religious Studies Department
Red Pit
October 2012

“Everything You Wanted to Know About Kabbalah & Mysticism… But Didn’t Know What to Ask” with Rabbi Sigal
Rabbi Sigal will also lead a meditation.
Chapel Loft/ Meditation Room
January 2012

Spirituality on Tap with Prof. Nicole Snyder-Lee
“The State of Community Life at Hamilton College”
Little Pub
January 2012

Film Screenings

Film: Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Villifies a People
Featuring Dr. Jack Shaheen, former CBS news correspondent
Red Pit

Film: Afghanistan Unveiled: Women & Islam
A 52 minute documentary film by Brigitte Brault & the Aina Women’s Filming Group. A group of Afghani women are trained in photojournalism and amazing footage results.
Taylor Science Center G027

Film: “Love Free or Die”: Christianity & Homosexuality
The story of the first openly gay bishop consecrated in the American Episcopal Church
Panel discussion: Prof. Lesleigh Cushing, Colgate University, Fr. Tim Reger, Adjunct Episcopal Chaplain, and Prof. Brent Plate, Religious Studies Dpt.
*Co-sponsored by Rainbow Alliance and Hamilton Spirituality Initiative
Science Center Auditorium

Film: Le Grand Voyage
Sponsored by the Muslim Students Association
A father and son rediscover their relationship as they embark on their hajj to Mecca.
Introduced by Prof. Brent Plate
Chapel Loft

"From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" (PBS Frontline)
Four hour documentary about the beginnings of the Jesus movement and how it became a world-wide religious experience
Two showings throughout the day in Beinecke

Passion of the Christ
Sponsored by Hamilton Christian Fellowship
Chapel Loft

Experiential Events

MSA Sponsored Trip to Dearborn, Michigan
To Visit the Largest Mosque in America
April 2013

Folklore tradition and symbolism of Challa- make your own Challah
Learn to make challah bread
Azel Backus House
April 2013

Community “Walk for Israel”
Israel Independence Day celebration
Jewish Community Center, Utica
April 2013

Henna Tattoos
Muslim Student Association offering henna tattoos to students stuck in line at the Housing Lottery
April 2013

Lag' Ba'Omer Ritual Fire
Fire on the Glen Lawn to celebrate the thirty-third day of counting the Omer, and the day of the revelation of the secrets of the kabbalah in the form of the Zohar.
April 2013

ICVF Prayer Walk
Join Intervarsity and faculty members as we walk through the glen praying and reflecting on ourselves, our community and the World!!
Starting at KJ Circle (we will be walking through the glen and ending at the chapel)
Fall Semester 2012

14th Annual Gospel Singing Workshop
Hamilton College Chapel
October 2012

Israeli Dancing
Multipurpose Room, Blood Fitness Center
October 2012

Sh’ma Yoga
An original, creative fusion of yoga flows with Hebrew chants, Pilates, Qugong, music, breath awareness, deep relaxation, Kabbalistic insights, and mystical teachings to energize heart, body, mind, and soul.
Meditation Room
January 2012

Whirling Dervishes
Opportunity to witnesss and participate in this sufi tradition of Islam
Events Barn
January 2012
 

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