Spirit of Nazareth

Center for Spirituality Newsletter - September 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Each semester the Center for Spirituality invites students, faculty and staff to connect with a variety of religious and spiritual groups on campus. ALL ARE WELCOME to respond to one or more of the following groups that may be of personal interest.

Alternative Spiritual Humanists (ASH): Weekly gatherings for those that identify as spiritual but not religious, not religiously affiliated, or religiously affiliated but would like to participate in focusing on individual spirituality. If you want to be on the ASH email, please respond to our ASH student leader, Angela Tona at atona6@mail.naz.edu

Catholic: Weekly Masses on Sundays at 7:00 PM and Wednesdays at 12:30 PM in the Linehan Chapel. If you are interested in receiving the CATHOLIC e-bulletin please respond to our Catholic Chaplain, Jamie Fazio at jfazio1@naz.edu

Jewish: Shabbat Services alternating Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. If you would like to be on the list of JEWISH students, faculty and staff, please respond to our Hillel Leader, Cantor Sam Asher at hillel@naz.edu

Muslim: Special events, dinners and activities. If you would like to be on the MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION list, please contact our MSA student leader, Braa Elkhidir at belkhid3@naz.edu

Protestant: Weekly worship service Sundays at 8:30 PM in the Linehan Chapel. If you are interested in receiving the weekly PROTESTANT e-bulletin please respond to our Protestant Chaplain, Nadia Mullin, nmullin7@naz.edu

Yoga Community: Five open classes per week (see CFS website for times at - http://www.naz.edu/center-for-spirituality/yoga ). If you would like to be on the YOGA COMMUNITY email list, please contact the Director of the CFS, Lynne Boucher at lbouche9@naz.edu

Zen Meditation: Weekly meditation sessions on Mondays at 1:30 PM (starting September 28th) in the Linehan Chapel. If you would like to be on the list for ZEN MEDITATION, please respond to Faculty Advisor, Renee van der Vennet at rvander3@naz.edu

For those members of the Nazareth College community who are of OTHER FAITH TRADITIONS, the Center for Spirituality helps facilitate connections with local places of worship. For further information, please contact the Center for Spirituality secretary, Ruth Santiago at rsantia3@naz.edu

We hope that this information will be helpful in serving the spiritual and religious interests of our campus community. Please let us know if you have any comments or questions ~ or if we can support you in any way.

~The Center for Spirituality Staff

Sukkah building!

Nazareth Hillel would like to invite you to help construct a Sukkah, or a "tent", that will be built in the Meditation Garden located behind GAC on Sunday, September 27th at 2:00PM. The building of a Sukkah is a tradition associated with the Jewish holiday, Sukko, which begins this year on that same night.

What is Sukkot? What is a Sukkah? Sukkot is the festival of Booths or Tabernacles. A Sukkah is a booth that we erect and decorate to commemorate our ancestors' lives wandering in the desert for forty years, which reminds us about the temporary state of life. The Sukkah does not have a closed roof and therefore is open to the elements and the cold to remind us to be thankful for the comforts we possess. It is tradition to eat at least one meal in the Sukkah, although many Jewish families live and eat all of their meals inside their Sukkot for the full seven days. Sukkot can also be referred to as the "Jewish Thanksgiving," because it is also a celebration of the fall harvest. Sukkot, above all, is a celebration of life and thanksgiving.

CFS Weekly offerings . . .

Catholic Mass: 7:00PM - Linehan Chapel
Protestant Christian Worship: 8:30PM - Linehan Chapel

Zen Meditation: 1:30PM - Linehan Chapel (starting 9/28)
Night Light Yoga: 8:00PM - Linehan Chapel

Mid-Day Yoga: 12:10PM - Linehan Chapel
Night Light Yoga: 8:00PM - Linehan Chapel

Catholic Mass: 12:30PM - Linehan Chapel
Night Light Yoga: 8:00PM - Linehan Chapel
ASH (Alternative Spiritual Humanists): 9:15PM - Meditation Room, GAC 101

Mid-Day Yoga: 12:10PM - Linehan Chapel

Yoga for Athletes: 3:00PM - Linehan Chapel

Regular Shabbat services are generally the first and third Friday evenings and the second and fourth Saturday mornings in Golisano room 375. Please visit Ohel Avraham for details.

Center for Sprituality

The Center for Spirituality encourages reflection on personal beliefs; it assists students to discover and develop their spiritual identity within an enthusiastic and supportive community.