• 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

    Spirituality Scholars is a unique program in spiritual exploration offered by the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice.  The program extends over 9 months—the fall and spring semesters--meeting weekly on Tuesday afternoons from 4:10pm to 6pm in the Bush Center Chapel.

    The program invites undergraduates to reflect on the connections in their lives between spirituality, vocation and identity in an interfaith community, led by Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud and Rabbi Esther Adler.  We will ask big questions, deep questions, and personal questions.  The program is designed to create an intentional, thoughtful exploration for students seeking to deepen their spiritual journeys, explore diverse spiritual writers, listen carefully to their lives, and create innovative projects reflecting this process.  

    The theme for the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Spirituality Scholars is “Listening for the Sacred: Our Spiritual Journeys,” inspired by Krista Tippett, creator and host of the public radio show  “On Being” (see web presence at http://onbeing.org/).  Tippett is internationally known for her skills in careful listening and asking discerning questions that serve to draw out the mystery of human existence.  Several of her interests include the connections between religion and science, beauty and poetry, compassion and meaning.  When President Obama honored Tippett with the National Humanities Medal in July of 2014, he said “On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of all faiths, no faith, and every background to join the conversation.”  We will have the opportunity to learn from Tippett, as she will spend the day with us at Hamline on November 12th, with an afternoon interview by Professor Deanna Thompson, small group meal, and evening keynote in Sundin Hall.  Spirituality Scholars will be involved with hosting these events and sharing the meal with Tippett and other special guests.

    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 selective 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 from the Mahle Endowment of $1000 for the year to be distributed in 2 installments ($500 at the end of each semester).  As with a job commitment, if meetings are missed repeatedly, the stipend will need to be adjusted to reflect the missing hours/weeks.  Preference may be given to juniors and seniors.

    Program time: Weekly on Tuesdays, 4:10pm to 6:00pm (including light meal) beginning September 9th, 2015, through May 11th, 2016. (We are off for Jterm.)  We will also have an overnight Fri-Sat (or Sat-Sun) retreat in mid-October (TBA). 

    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

    This year, the staff of the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice would like to honor Carlos Sneed with the annual Community Social Justice Award.

    The Hamline community is encouraged to donate unwanted items found during spring cleaning to the Hamline-Midway Rummage Sale hosted by the Catalyst Programs. Donation bins can be found in every residence hall and by the Anderson Center front desk from May 15 - 22.