• Events and Programs

    Religious and Spiritual Life offers a variety of events and programs to students who wish to explore their personal spirituality, deepen their religious experience, or just participate in the Hamline Community. Click on the link below to see a complete listing of our events and programs and get involved today!

    Comments?  Questions?  Interested in getting something started?
    Contact Nur Mood, the Coordinator of Religious and Spiritual life programs by phone (651-523-2315) or email (nmood01@hamline.edu) or just drop in!  We're in the Wesley Center located on the third floor of the Anderson Center, office 318.

    The following programs are offered throughout the year by Religious and Spiritual Life:

    Buddhist Meditation
    Christian Life Programs
    Gospel Choir
    Jewish Life 
    Mahle Fund Programs

    The Mahle Lecture in Progressive Christian Thought 
    Multi-Faith Alliance
    Torah Study

    Buddhist Meditation

    Tuesdays at 11:15am
    University Chapel

    General Buddhist programming is offered every week including meditation, guest speakers, and field trips.  Zafus Provided.  Buddhist Meditation is led by Reverend Raisei Marc Anderson

    Christian Life

    General Christian Programs and Groups:

    • Annual Christmas Candlelight Service and other celebrations throughout the year
    • Gospel Choir
    • Christian Student Groups (Christian Legal Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the United Methodist Student Movement)
    • Roman Catholic Mass: select times throughout the year
    • Spirituality and Small Groups: Spirituality sessions, Bible Study, progressive Christian groups, and prayer. 

    Gospel Choir

    Tuesdays, 7:00pm
    University Chapel

    Gospel Choir unites with its dynamic director, Sherri Orr, to immerse singers in the gospel tradition and perform at various Hamline University events.  Gospel Choir brings forth voice, passion, talent, and praise for the Lord, and is open to the whole Hamline Community - so invite your friends and neighbors, too!

    Jewish Life

    Jewish Life helps foster growth that is spiritual, social, and academic by providing community networking (we will help you find what might be out there to enrich your faith), and outreach programming (we will help bring you and that network together). 

    General Jewish programming includes:

    • Holiday Celebrations
    • Outreach and Education events
    • Torah Study
    • Social Programs
    • Shabbat
    • Community Resources 

    Mahle Fund Programs

    The Stephen and Kathi Austin Mahle Endowed Fund for Progressive Christian Thought was created to support the efforts of Hamline University toward exploring and articulating contemporary forms of Christian theology and providing students opportunities to learn its relevance to personal, social, economic, and political life. The fund is located at the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service,and Social Justice.  Each year, the Mahle Fund makes possible two major programs in addition to supporting community events: the Annual Lecture in Progressive Thought and the Mahle Scholars Program. 

    The Mahle Lecture in Progressive Christian Thought

    As part of the Mahle Fund Programs, Hamline University is proud to present an annual lecture series in progressive Christian thought. 

    Click here for more information about the Mahle Lecture Series.


    Spirituality Scholars

    The theme for the fall 2014-spring 2015 Spirituality Scholars is "Being Peace, Making Peace," inspired by local photojournalist and artist John Noltner's collection called "A Peace of My Mind." Noltner pursues questions such as "What does peace mean to people? What is required for a peaceful life? A peaceful world? How do we work toward peace in our lives? What are some of the obstacles we encounter in the pursuit of peace?" As an interfaith group of scholars we will also explore diverse spiritual practices including journal-keeping, breath meditation, centering prayer, labyrinth walking, poetry reading, yoga, bread-baking, midrash and taking a fall overnight retreat. Each week, we will build community together, share a light meal, talk about the readings and our journals, reflect on our "peace-practices," welcome guest speakers and over time, develop a personal "peace-project" that reflects one's own passion and identity that will make a difference in the community. 

    There is space in the program for 10-12 scholars, who will need to commit to the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters). The application process includes an interview with the program leaders, who will discern the good fit of the program with the applicant. Scholars will each receive a stipend form the Mahle Endowment of $2000 for the year to be distributed four times (2x a semester). Program Leaders: The Spirituality Scholars Program will be led by Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, Director of the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice, in collaboration with Rabbi Esther Adler, the Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life. 

    Program time: Weekly on Wednesdays, 4:10pm to 6:00pm (including light meal) beginning September 10, 2014, through the week of May 13th, 2015. (We are off for J-term). For more information, see the application or contact Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, nvictorinvangerud01@hamline.edu, X2750. 

    For program description, criteria and application (due this spring) click HERE

    Multifaith Alliance

    Mondays, 5pm-6pm
    Bush Center Chapel, second floor

    Multifaith Alliance is committed to interfaith discussion, education, service, and activism. Through exploring sacred and challenging topics, educating ourselves on global faith systems and cultures, and dedicating ourselves to interfaith service in our communities, we strive to improve religious pluralism, understanding, and unity.

    Snacks are served and newcomers are always encouraged!

    For our semester schedule, upcoming events, activism and service projects, weekly discussion plans, additional resources, links, and more, please check out Multifaith Alliance!

    [Please note that there are absolutely no criteria required for membership - Multifaith Alliance is open to individuals of any religious affiliation, spiritual journey, or faith perspective (including none at all).]

  • Wesley Center - Spirituality, Service, Social Justice 

  • Wesley Center News

    All are invited to the 2015 Mahle Lecture in Progressive Christian Thought featuring guest speaker Dr. Hal Taussig. The lecture and reception are Sunday, April 12 in Anderson Center Room 111/112 with the reception at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

    Deanna Thompson's book, "Deuteronomy: A Theological Commentary on the Bible" has been named the Reference Book of the Year by the Academy of Parish Clergy.