Nazareth Protestant Community

January 22, 2015

In case you missed it, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration service on Monday was a really inspiring hour of listening to the stories of fellow Naz students as they have encountered the realities of injustice, racism, and white privilege. We were reminded of the fact that Rochester consistently ranks far too high on lists of cities affected by rampant poverty, especially among minorities. We were charged to stand up and speak out and to make strides to change the systems of poverty, oppression, and injustice that continue to plague our world. All of this was couched in the overarching theme of "Revolutionary Love." Dr. King's insistence on changing the world through love was not an idea original to him. It's one we see in many of the world's largest religion. It's something Jesus speaks to in a pointed way.

"And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well." - Matthew 5:40

"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." - John 15:13

"'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

'The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" - Matthew 25:35-40

Love means action. Love speaks powerfully in words, but becomes real when we live it out. ? A love for which Dr. King wasn't afraid to risk and give his life. A love that Jesus exemplifies in his life, death, and resurrection. How can we exemplify the revolutionary love of Jesus?


Clairvaux Service Retreat Interest Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 29th, 12:15-1pm

GAC 151 - Community Room

Want to learn more about this year's Clairvaux Trip? Join us at 12:15 for a quick meeting to talk through the itinerary, fill out applications, and ask any questions you might have!

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Clairvaux Service Retreat

You are invited to spend your spring break with fellow Naz students along with children and families who have been affected by homelessness. We will take the week to work with Deep Roots and the people they serve as we learn more about poverty and homelessness and the ways in which we can make a true difference. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve and to explore the intersection of spirituality and social justice, then we hope you will consider joining us in March!

"Deep Roots works with children and their families, who are disconnected through homelessness or other similar marginalization: connecting hearts. Our program will challenge children to envision a brighter future, to sustain healthy relationships and to navigate a course towards personal and social responsibility through better life experiences, with mentors, providing healthy life-models for all future relationships."

Contact Nadia Mullin at for more information.

Applications are available from Nadia or Ruth on the 1st floor of GAC.

Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events

Thursday, January 22, time TBA - Movie Night: “Selma “ (Pittsford Plaza Cinema)

Friday, January 23, 2:00 – 5:00pm – Service Day: “Equality Through Education” (Nazareth Campus)

Tuesday, January 27, 12:10pm - Dine and Dialogue: “What MLK Means To Us” (Medaille Formal Lounge)

Wednesday, January 28, 7:00pm – Musical Celebration: “Kim & Reggie Harris” (Linehan Chapel)

Happy Birthday Thomas Merton!

You're Invited!

Greetings Everyone!

Saturday, January 31, Thomas Merton (1915-1968) would have been his 100th birthday! Merton was a Trappist monk and one of the most published spirituality writers of the 20th century. See the poster below with events taking place in the Library on Merton's actual birthday.

After Mass this Sunday, 1/25, we will celebrate Merton by enjoying birthday cake! Dr. Christine Bochen will host a discussion about Merton in the Center for Spirituality Community Room. Come and learn more about Merton’s life and works. We will even raffle a few Merton books!

Free Concert! Kim and Reggie Harris

Wednesday, January 28, 7:00PM

Nazareth College

Linehan Chapel, Golisano Academic Center

Open to the Public

The stirring husband-and-wife folk duo Kim & Reggie Harris combine their love of music and social vision into accomplished, heartfelt songs.”
All Music Guide

Catholic musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock and pop music. Creative curiosity, years of road and stage experience and interactions with performers such as Pete Seeger, Ysaye Barnwell, Jay Leno, Tom Paxton, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Harry Belafonte and others, has led them to produce music that entertains and inspires.

Sponsored by the Nazareth College Institute for Pluralism and the Center for Spirituality

Join us for worship!

Weekly services are held Sunday nights at 8:30 pm in Linehan Chapel. All are welcome!

Taize services - This Sunday!

We practice the contemplative sung worship tradition of Taize once a month while classes are in session.

This semester we will worship via Taize on:
January 25
February 22
March 29
April 26

An Opportunity for Prayer

Sacred Space is a website that leads you through daily reflection and prayer. It is written and hosted by the Irish Jesuits and offers Scripture and guided prayer for each day. Check it out!

Naz Christian Fellowship!

Throughout the semester there are multiple opportunities to explore your faith. If you're looking for Bible Study, fellowship, music, food, and more, NCF is the place to be! Contact Kelsey Sweet if you'd like more information!

Check back here soon for this semester's schedule.

Get To Know The Community

Every week during service we ask those in attendance to sign in. This allows us to make sure that everyone can receive this wonderful newsletter. Along with your email, we ask a fun question of the week.

Question of the week: What is your least favorite sound?

Nail Clippers



Tongue Smacking/Lip Smacking

Chalk on a Chalkboard

Squeaky White Board Markers

Low Battery Smoke Detectors

Local Church Connections

If you are interested in attending worship at a local church and don't know where to start, contact Nadia!

About Us

Nazareth Protestant Community is part of the Center for Spirituality and is an open and welcoming community made up of students reflecting a variety of religious traditions and backgrounds. We worship weekly, host an annual service trip, enjoy fellowship events together, and seek to serve both our Nazareth and larger community. Come and check us out!

The Magic of Merton

Saturday, Jan. 31st, 2pm

Reading Room, Lorette Wilmot Library

2-2:30 pm: Jazz (Merton liked the bongo!)

2:30-3 pm: Sharing Merton's Wisdom

3-3:30 pm: Cake Cutting and More Jazz!