Summer Chapel – “One Becoming Many, Many Becoming One”
Over the summer 2015 semester, chapel at United will be an experiential, musical, self-guided spiritual journey open to the public Monday–Thursday (when classes are in session – see the schedule below). There will be prayer and meditation stations from a variety of liturgical artists in the chapel, centered on the theme “One Becoming Many, Many Becoming One.”
You are invited to to experience these stations at any time during regular hours at your own pace. Each station will delve deeper into the theme for the entire summer within a specific aspect of this idea. On certain Tuesdays and Thursdays, musical artists will come to offer a 30-minute set of music as a spiritual offering, rather than performance, to also help frame our engagement around these ideas. Each artist will be announced in advance. You are welcome to come and listen, engage the stations, or do both as you wish during that time.
One Becoming Many, Many Becoming One
The idea this summer is to focus on the particular blessings and difficulties of our one voice joining in the chorus of others and the dynamic of those many voices moving in one direction. As United is reconstituting itself with many different populations, what do we have in common? Can we go deep within our own traditions and influences and still be in sincere dialogue with others outside of this? Can we synthesize many paradoxical and dissonant experiences and relationships that inform who we are? What is gained through this journey? What is lost? Who and where is God in all this?
Every three weeks, new contemplation stations will be set up to engage the following themes and tensions:
- Family (May 18–June 4)
- Community (June 8–25)
- Nation (June 29–July 16)
- No chapel July 20-24
- World (July 27–Aug 13)
Come and go deeper into your own journey.
Come and see and experience who else travels with you.
Come and let us seek the holy together.
Tuesdays and Thursdays*
11:35 AM–12:05 PM
Due to the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Bigelow Chapel, the prayer stations will be up Wednesday and Thursday, June 3 & 4.
Thursday, June 4, 11:30 AM-Noon: Music will be provided by chaplain John Lee & United staff member and alum Jermaine Ross Allam.
Prayer stations fashioned this week by artist and alum Dawn Carlson Conn, recent graduate Cathy Kolwey, staff member and adjunct faculty Katie Brink, and chaplain John Lee.