Nazareth Protestant Community

December 10, 2015

Another semester has come and gone! And with it hundreds of assignments and tests, hours spent studying or not studying, meals with friends and meals alone, time spent laughing and time spent crying. In a few short days finals will be over and the campus will disperse. Some will go home. Some will stay with friends. Some will celebrate the holidays with loved ones. Some might be alone. For some there is joy around the idea of going home for Christmas. For others, there might be anxiety or dread or even fear.

Home is a complicated thing. It's complicated because home is almost never simply about a physical place. It comes with the people we find there. It comes with memories, both good and bad.

Christmas is deeply related to the concept of home. Ultimately I wonder if Christmas is a story about finding our true home. In that, in the incarnation, in God taking on flesh and coming to dwell with us, our true home was found. As God made his home among us, we are invited to make our home in God.

Whether home is a place you are longing for or dreading, know that in Christ you are already home. You are loved. You are worthy. And not because you made Santa's nice list. Not because some creepy elf on a shelf noted whether or not your behavior was up to snuff. You are loved and worthy because of the grace of God born to us in Bethlehem.

May the hope, peace, joy, and love of this season go with you into finals week and beyond as you find your way to whatever and wherever and whoever is home for you.



A special thank you!

Our GA for Protestant Worship, Melanie Jones, will be taking next semester to pursue some new things and so she won't be with us when we return in January. Please join me in saying thank you to her for everything she has done for us this semester! From yummy snacks, to her welcoming and inclusive spirit, Melanie has been a blessing to our community. We hope to have her with us again in the Fall!

Thank you, Melanie!

Standing With Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

Friday, Dec. 11th, 1-3:30pm


727 Westfall Road

Rochester, NY

It has been a very difficult and heartbreaking few weeks for the Islamic Community - both here in Rochester and throughout the United States. We would like our Muslim sisters and brothers to know that we are aware of their challenges and we stand in solidarity with them as we all advocate for peace and justice.

As an act of solidarity, students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the Jummah (Friday Prayer service), this Friday 12/11, that begins at 1:25PM and to serve dessert following prayer at 2:20PM. (Friday is Reading Day, so there are no undergraduate classes).

As an institution of higher education, this is an opportunity for the Nazareth Community to demonstrate our commitment to interfaith unity in the face of discrimination and intolerance. We hope you consider spending part of your day in service and solidarity with our Muslim Neighbors.

RSVP by contacting Jamie Fazio at Transportation will be provided as needed. Please meet at the Center for Spirituality Community Room (GAC #151) at 1:00PM sharp. We will return to campus around 3:30PM.

Sponsored by,
Center for Spirituality
Department of Religious Studies
Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue
Institute for Pluralism

Upcoming in Worship

Weekly services are held Sunday nights at 8:30 pm in Linehan Chapel. Note that the final service for the semester will be December 13th, 2015.

December 13th-

Rev. Nadia Mullin "Why does Home Matter?"

Special musical selections by students will be featured during the service.

All are welcome. You are welcome to enjoy food and fellowship following worship.

Holiday Party- Still time to RSVP

Friday, December 11th
Rev Nadia Mullin's House
4:30 to 6:30pm

Celebrate Christmas and relax over good food and fun at the end of the semester.
Bring a white elephant gift (Something you already have, or could make) to exchange.
All are welcome, but please RSVP to

If you need a ride or have dietary restrictions, please let us know. Looking forward to seeing/meeting you!

Divine Doughnuts

Tuesdays @ 9:15AM in GAC 151
Coffee. Sprinkles.Prayer (and before finals!!)

Join us for the last weekly gathering of the semester Nazareth Catholic and Protestant Communities of the semester. if you have not had a chance to attend, take advantage of this sweet opportunity.

Weekly Quaker Worship!

Thursdays at 8 pm in the Meditation Room in GAC. All are welcome to join us for Quaker worship.

Prayer, Reflection, and Exploration

As we meditate on the meaning of home this week, you are invited to read, "My Heart: Christ's Home."

Spring Break service retreat to Clairvaux Farm! March 6-12, 2016

You are invited to be a part of the Center for Spirituality's 22nd annual service retreat to Clairvaux Farm in Earleville, MD.

Who will we be serving? Deep Roots at Clairvaux Farm is a community that aims to serve children and families affected by homelessness and poverty. They provide transitional housing, educational opportunities, and spiritual support to families in need.

What will we be doing? We will provide support by completing necessary construction and clean-up projects and interacting with Clairvaux residents. We also take a day to explore Washington D.C. and meet with representatives from the National Coalition for the Homelessness.

If you are looking for a way to engage your faith and serve in the spirit of Christ over this spring break, I encourage to come and by and pick up an application at GAC 164 or to email to get an electronic application. This is a life changing opportunity to serve others and live in community for a week.

Naz Christian Fellowship (NCF)

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 Ceara Curry (, Meaghan Porter (, or Claire Sobraske ( if you'd like more information!

Stay tuned for information about NCF activities for the Spring 2016 semester!

NCF also offers rides to three local churches. If you are interested in getting a ride to church contact Nadia at

"NCF is a community that welcomes and supports one another by modeling Christ in service to others."

Question(s) of the week-

Each week we ask a question in the sign-in book at worship.

December 6th's question was:

What comes your mind when you think "peace"?

Answers given were:

"And also with you!", candles, food, Gandhi, kindness and

Jesus, The Prince of Peace.

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!