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

Cornell students, faculty, and staff represent numerous religious, spiritual-but-not-religious, and secular perspectives. This Chaplain & Spiritual Life Office values diversity and inclusion 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 this office joins the rest of the College in preparing lives for love, global citizenship, servant leadership, and reconciling virtue on this beautiful, fragile Earth.

A Sampler of Spiritual Life Events

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

Spiritually diverse peace prayers, readings, blessings, and lovingkindness meditation for others, self, and world. 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  
 1st Monday of each Block after Being Peace 11:40-11:50 a.m. in Allee  All are welcome at this brief Chaplain & Spiritual Life gathering which follows Being Peace. 

CANDLELIGHT HEALING VIGIL for El Paso, Dayton, &  Beyond 
Th, Aug. 29 @ 5pm at the Peace Pole beside Allee Chapel (rain location: inside Allee). ~Co-sponsored with Union Latinx; BACO; Civic Engagement; Spiritual Life's Soul Friends, Better Together Interfaith Allies, & chaplain, as well as others. 

THE SACRED ART OF FAITH AS RELINQUISHED TRUST @ Soul Friends  (Sept 4th)

THE SACRED ART & HEALING PATH OF SURRENDER @ Soul Friends
 (March 25)

EARTH PRAYERS & BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS @ Soul Friends

Welcoming all beings for blessings, peace prayers (see Oct. 2nd description on Cornell's Master Calendar).

ALL SOULS, SAINTS, & SINNERS: Remembering Our Departed Friends, Mentors, & Love Ones @ Soul Friends  (See Oct. 30th description on Master Calendar).

THE HUMILITY OF GOD: A centering prayer service @ Soul Friends.

YOGA
- Deep Peace YOGA (1 hr): Tuesdays @ 3:45 pm in Hall-Perrine (Thomas Commons)
- 30 min. YOGA: Weds. @ 12:15 p.m
Breath and energy centered classes 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, & MIND-BODY-SPIRIT
Fridays 11:15-11:55 a.m. in Allee (except Block Breaks)
 

Opens with embodied breath and energy centered practices (i.e. tai-chi & qigong) followed by guided & silent meditation.  Enfolds energy medicine as well as insights from integrative health care and spiritual wisdom from age-old Buddhist, Christian contemplative, yoga, Vedanta, and other traditions.  Typically ends with compassion meditation and/or Himalayan singing bowl vibrational sound healing for deep relaxation and more spacious, open awareness.  Led by a certified instructor (chaplain).

JEWISH NEW YEAR CELEBRATION & DINNER @ chaplain's home    

Sept 29th. Departs from Thomas Commons Info Desk @ 4:45pm. Everyone, regardless of background, is invited to this Rosh Hashanah gathering with Hillel & Spiritual Life's Better Together Interfaith Allies. Honey and apples, Pakistani/Indian and Jewish cuisine, Tachlich in the backyard stream, fellowship, prayers, and blessings.  Questions? Contact Hillel president Nina Deer via email @ ndeer22.  Wear comfy shoes for gentle walk to chaplain's home (some driving transport provided). 
~Co-sponsored by Hillel an Spiritual Life's Better Together Allies & Chaplain

YOM KIPPUR: Need a ride to Reform service on Wed., Oct. 9?

Ride to Temple Judah's Reform service in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday morning with chaplain. RSVP to cquehl-engel for departure time from Thomas Commons Circle.   

WHAT I LEARNED FROM TRAVELING WITH THE GRIM REAPER  Lori Erickson is author of USA Today and Christian Century featured book Near The Exit: Travels with the Not So Grim Reaper. Feb. 19th @ 11:10 am in Hedges Conference Room (Thomas Commons).

RAMADAN Celebration. T.B.A.   

ANNUAL HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURE 

 SUSTAINED DIALOGUE MODERATOR TRAINING (1st Block Break Th-Fri)  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.  Contact civic@cornellcollege.edu 
~Co-Sponsored by Sustained Dialogue and the Offices of Civic Engagement, Intercultural Life, and Spiritual Life  

SPIRITUALITY RETREATS IN 2018-19

Release & Renew Mindful Spirituality Retreat 1st Block Break Th Sept 20th 8:45am-5pm  -  RSVP deadline Sept 16th 

This embodied spirituality retreat explores age-old East-West wisdom on letting go, like autumn leaves for a more eased-filled, spacious sense of self including a deeper awareness of oneness with others, the rest of nature, and the Sacred. Practices include both movement (i.e. gentle yoga and tai-chi) and seated meditation, walking a labyrinth, and praying with the senses in nature.  Open to all students, faculty, and staff and led by Cornell chaplain.  Space limited. RSVP asap (no later than Sept 16) to cquehl-engel. Food & transportation provided.  Departs from Commons lobby at 8:45a.m. and returns by 5pm.  ~Sponsored by Spiritual Life's Soul Friends, Better Together Inter-faith Alliance, & Chaplain

Monastic Spirituality Retreat @ New Melleray Abbey - 5th Block Break (W-F) annually.
See Master Calendar description (Feb 5-7, 2020) for more information on this contemplative retreat. 

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