Check out this sampler of Chaplain & Spiritual Life offerings & join us!

Remember, Cornell students, faculty, and staff represent numerous spiritual traditions and secular perspectives. As a United Methodist affiliated college, we values this diversity as part of the educational experience and strives to build authentic, caring community, mutual appreciation, and respect as we live together amid our religious, cultural, political, and other differences. This is one of the many ways we prepare lives for global citizenship, servant leadership, and reconciling virtue in an interdependent, diverse world.

A Sampler of Spiritual Life Events

BEING PEACE  1st Monday of each Block, 11:15 a.m. in Allee

Spiritually diverse peace prayers, soothing sounds, & blessings. This brief monthly gathering for students, faculty, and staff on each "do over day" 1st Monday of the Block is a coming together moment for re-dedicating ourselves to life's goodness, love, hope, & being an instrument of healing peace. All welcome. 
~A Better Together Interfaith Allies, Soul Friends, & Chaplain Spiritual Life Offering   

BETTER TOGETHER INTERFAITH ALLIES & SOUL FRIENDS open mtg   
 1st Monday of each Block after Being Peace 11:30-11:50 a.m. in Allee  All are welcome at this brief Chaplain & Spiritual Life gathering which follows Being Peace. 

ST. FRANCIS DAY GATHERING w/ BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

Welcoming all beings for blessings, peace prayers and optional, open Communion (See Oct. 3rd description in calendar).

ALL SOULS - Remembering Our Departed Friends, Mentors, & Love Ones

Everyone welcome. Includes prayers of gratitude and healing peace as well as optional, inclusive Communion. Oct. 31 @ 11:15 a.m. in Allee (see description in calendar).

YOGA
Tuesday Yoga - 1 hr class @ 3:20 pm in Shaw (Thomas Commons)
Wed. Yoga - 30 min. class @ 12:15 p.m in Shaw

A breath and energy centered practice for deep relaxation and greater ease (all skill levels).  Arrive early to acquire mat, bolster, etc from Fitness Room.  Tuesday class frequently integrates soothing sound healing w/ Himalayan singing bowls. Led by certified instructors.     

AA open mtg - Thursdays 11:15 a.m. in Allee (except Block Breaks).

This addiction recovery 12-Step support group is open to all students, faculty, and staff. ? scoleman   

MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS
Fridays 11:15-11:55 a.m. in Allee (except Block Breaks)
 

Cultivating greater skillfulness with stress, happiness, and compassion.
Sessions include seated and movement based practices, Easter-Wester contemplative wisdom, and the power of group practice.  Led by a certified instructor (chaplain).

SPEED FAITHING: Building Bridges & Interfaith Allies 
Sunday, Sept 2nd, 3-3:50pm, Allee Chapel lawn (rain location: OC)

Join this mingling moment as we seek to make interfaith cooperation and appreciation a social norm.  All religious, spiritual-but-not-religious, and secular perspectives welcome.
~Co-sponsors: Spiritual Life's Better Together Interfaith Allies, Soul Friends, & Chaplain; Sustained Dialogue; & The Social Justice Initiative.     

JEWISH NEW YEAR DINNER & BLESSINGS    
Sept 9th. Departs from Thomas Commons @ 4pm   

Everyone, regardless of background, is invited to this Rosh Hashanah gathering with Hillel at the Chaplain's home. Honey and apples, Pakistani/Indian and Jewish cuisine, Tachlich in the backyard stream, fellowship, prayers, and blessings.  Depart from Info Desk (Thomas Commons) at 4 p.m. RSVP ENCOURAGED! cquehl-engel . ? snadel.  Wear comfy shoes for gentle walk t chaplain's home (some driving transport provided). 
~Co-sponsored by Hillel an Spiritual Life's Better Together Allies and Chaplain

YOM KIPPUR: Need a ride to Reform service on Wed., Sept. 19?

Ride to Temple Judah's Reform service in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday morning,Sept. 19th with the chaplain. RSVP to cquehl-engel.  We depart at 9:10 a.m. from the Thomas Commons Circle.   

REFUGE (Psalm 46)
2nd Wed. of each Block 11:15-11:45 a.m. in Allee

Come for spiritual rest, release, and refreshment within the tenderness of God. This brief gathering for students, faculty, and staff flows out of Christian spirituality via peace filled prayer, scripture, and offering of a blessing or optional Communion as poetry for the soul.
Led by Chaplain & Soul Friends with open hearts and minds. All are welcome.        

QUEER LIBERATION THEOLOGY Lecture
Thurs. Nov 1, 11:10 a.m. in Hedges

The Rev. Anna Blaedel to speak (see calendar for description).

A HEALING ECOLOGY? A Buddhist Perspective on the Environmental Crisis
Wed. Nov 7 11:10 a.m. in Hall-Perrine

Featuring internationally known lecturer, David Loy (see calendar for details).

ISLAMOPHOBIA Lecture - Date t.b.a.
Co-sponsored with Inter-Faith Alliance of Iowa and The Cedar Rapids Interfaith-Council

ANNUAL HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURE
This Thaler Holocaust Lecture occurs annually in late spring.

1st Block Break SPIRITUALITY RETREAT @ Prairiewoods
Th, Sept 20th 9am-5pm  -  RSVP deadline is Sept 13th 

Join us for this inter-spiritual retreat at Prairiewoods in Hiawatha (30 min. away) co-led by the chaplain, Dean of Students Gwen Schimek, as well as a walking labyrinth guide and sound healer.  Activities include seated, reclined, and movement based meditative practices (i.e. yoga and yoga nidra), praying with the senses in nature, an outdoor walking labyrinth, and an Enneagram spiritual personality indicator workshop.  Meals provided.  All students, faculty, & staff welcome.  Sign up at the Info Desk (Thomas Commons) by Sept 13 with a $5 deposit to hold your spot (refunded if you show up).  We leave Thomas Commons Circle on Th the 20th at 9 a.m. sharp.   Contact  the chaplain @ cquehl-engel if needing more information.   
~Sponsored by Spiritual Life's Soul Friends, Better Together Inter-faith Alliance, and Chaplain  

 SUSTAINED DIALOGUE FACILITATOR TRAINING (Block Break TH-FRI)   

 Join Sustained Dialogue this block break to be trained as a Moderator. On Thursday and Friday from 9-5, you'll learn valuable communication, conflict resolution, and leadership skills, as well as gain tools to create tangible change on campus. Sustained Dialogue is a national organization that centers on meaningful connection as a platform for social cohesion and understanding. As a moderator, you will have the ability to foster connection across unlikely boundaries and hierarchies. Space is limited, so contact civic@cornellcollege.edu to RSVP by September 14th at noon
~Co-Sponsored by Sustained Dialogue and the Offices of Civic Engagement, Intercultural Life, and Spiritual Life  

SPIRITUALITY RETREATS IN 2018-19

1st Block Break SPIRITUALITY RETREAT @ Prairiewoods
Th, Sept 20th 9am-5pm  -  RSVP deadline is Sept 13th 

Join us for this inter-spiritual retreat at Prairiewoods in Hiawatha (30 min. away) co-led by the chaplain, Dean of Students Gwen Schimek, as well as a walking labyrinth guide and sound healer.  Activities include seated, reclined, and movement based meditative practices (i.e. yoga and yoga nidra), praying with the senses in nature, an outdoor walking labyrinth, and an Enneagram spiritual personality indicator workshop.  Meals provided.  All students, faculty, & staff welcome.  Sign up at the Info Desk (Thomas Commons) by Sept 13 with a $5 deposit to hold your spot (refunded if you show up).  We leave Thomas Commons Circle on Th the 20th at 9 a.m. sharp.   Contact  the chaplain @ cquehl-engel if needing more information.   
~Sponsored by Spiritual Life's Soul Friends, Better Together Inter-faith Alliance, and Chaplain

Zen Retreat (Sesshin) @ Ryumonji Zen Monastery
Fall Break (Fri - Sun,  Nov. 16-18)
 - RSVP deadline is Oct. 30th 


Ryumonji is a Soto Zen Buddhist temple located in the beautiful rolling hills of northeast Iowa. This retreat is for you if you are looking for a meaningful spiritual, cross cultural, and mindfulness meditation adventure the first weekend of fall break. This structured silent retreat includes seated meditation and instruction as well as mindful silent eating and work periods.  Sign up  at Info Desk (Thomas Commons) by Oct 30th with a $20 deposit to hold your spot ( refunded if you show up).   Open to all students, faculty, and staff.    For more info. including departure and return time, pack list, etc email Rev. Cathy, the chaplain, @ cquehl-engel.                     
~ Sponsored by Spiritual Life’s Chaplain and Better Together Interfaith Allies

Winter Monastic Retreat @ New Melleray Abbey
5th Block Break (Wed 1pm – Fri noon, Feb. 6-8) - RSVP deadline is Jan 25th


New Melleray Abbey is a nationally known Trappist monastery nestled within peaceful fields of  eastern Iowa. Here monks keep The Great Silence, farm, build caskets, chant psalms, pray, and  receive guests and strangers as if they were Christ.  This semi-structured quiet retreat is for those seeking time apart for prayerful personal reflection and reading; soaking up sacred awe-filled silence, monastic chant and prayer; and immersion in age-old Christian monastic culture and wisdom. Sign up starting Jan 14th and ending Jan 25th at the Commons Info Desk with a $20 deposit (refunded if you show up) to hold your spot. All students, faculty, and staff of any spiritual back ground welcome. For more details including pack list,  email Rev Cathy, the chaplain, at cquehl-engel   
~ Sponsored by Spiritual Life’s Chaplain & Soul Friends

If you have any questions about how you can get connected, call Rev. Catherine Quehl-Engel '89 at 319.895.4402 or email her at cquehl-engel@cornellcollege.edu