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Amber Latimer

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EXPLORE sophoMORE! Calling all Second Years

Are you looking for connection, a place to reflect, or a space to breathe?⁠

Consider joining the EXPLORE sophoMORE (ExSo or XO) program for Winter and Spring Terms. This program is meant to help guide Sophomores through transitions and changes in the second year of college. You’ll form a tight-knit community of folks to walk alongside as you all gain insights in traversing the challenges and big questions that accompany a college experience as well as life after Lawrence. ⁠

There will be 10 weekly gatherings on Mondays from 5-6:30pm throughout Winter and Spring Term. All gatherings will include free meals catered from various off-campus restaurants (your input welcomed)! ⁠

Visit the EXPLORE sophoMORE webpage below to find out more about: ⁠
✨What’s included in the program?⁠
✨Who are the participants?⁠
✨What is the commitment level? ⁠
✨Meet the staff⁠
✨How to apply (deadline is January 12th) ⁠

https://www.lawrence.edu/students/studentdean/sophomore-fg-transfer-resources/exploresophomore

Brighter Together Term Closing Ceremony

Please gather from 4:00-4:45pm this Friday, November 19th to point to or seek light as we close our Fall term. Together in the GoldGarden we will release the⁠ hopes, cares, and prayers that have been shared,⁠ through our Brighter Together Community Practices, ⁠ to the universe through ritual burning. ⁠

The Goldgarden is the outdoor space located east of the Center for Spiritual & Religious Life.

Brighter Together Term Closing Ceremony

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to gather from 4:00-4:45 pm on Friday, November 19th to point to or seek light as we close our Fall term. Together in the GoldGarden we will release the hopes, cares, and prayers that have been shared, through our Brighter Together Community Practices, to the universe through ritual burning. The Goldgarden is the outdoor space located east of the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life.

Call for a new name for “Sabin House”

You may be aware that, as of Spring Term last year, our beloved green house officially changed its name from “Sabin House” to “the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life” in recognition of a gift from alumni, Tom Hurvis.

We realize our new name is a mouthful, and we are also aware that “Sabin House” is still floating around out there despite the new “Sabin House” location on Park Avenue near the Conservatory. So…. we want your help in the creation of a new shorthand name for this special place that Lawrentians have come to know and love. This is your opportunity to put your personal mark on a physical place in Lawrence’s history. What will be the newest addition to the Lawrence Lexicon be?!

Drop your suggestion(s) for a shorthand name of our Center here. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx…

Honoring our Grief – in a season of losses

If you have lost a loved one this year, you are invited to join others at the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life on Monday, November 1nd at 5 pm. 

The end of October is a traditional time in several cultures and communities to honor our grief and acknowledge the reality of death in our lives.  In this year of too many losses, the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life is partnering with Alianza and the Intro to Ethnic Studies class to observe Dia de los Muertos and to provide a place for our community to honor our grief together.  Please also feel free to add a photo or memory item to the Altar that is located in the Diversity and Intercultural Center

An Invitation to Deepen Together

The Center for Spiritual and Religious Life invites you to join us in three spiritual practices that will help our community be Brighter Together.

In the Conservatory lower level, you will find a table set up with materials to help students, staff, and faculty cultivate gratitude, prayer, and reflection through writing thank you cards, adding to a prayer wall, and journaling in a complimentary journal for you to take with you. This station will be available until Friday, November 5th and will then shift to the Warch Campus Center for the remainder of the term.

If you, your club, your department, or team are interested in hosting a display in your space, please email spiritual.religious.life@lawrence.edu and we will happily send you a kit that includes all supplies.

In the last week of the term, we will host a prayer wall burning ceremony. More details in the coming weeks.

Come. Gather. Connect. Reflect. An Open House in the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life

The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life is pleased to invite all students to our Open House on Wednesday, October 13 from 5:30 – 7:30. Live plants will be given away for students to take back to their dorms for some uplifting greenery and growth. No need to RSVP, simply show up as you are and…

  • tour the space⁠
  • take a home a plant ⁠
  • meet the staff⁠
  • discover ways to get involved in your spiritual community⁠
  • learn about program offerings⁠
  • meet student religious organization leaders⁠
  • spark meaningful interactions⁠
  • learn about tai chi, meditation, and deep listening⁠
  • hot tea and coffee provided

Memorial for Stephen McCardell this Saturday

Stephen McCardell’s life, music, and mentorship lives on even after his death in July of 2020. The Lawrence community invites you a musical celebration of his life and work on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11:00 am.

The celebration will take place in Memorial Chapel with members of the Lawrence community invited to be part of the in-person celebration. ⁠Others and those who are not in Appleton are invited to join via a livestream Zoom link. The link is https://lawrence.zoom.us/j/92001519589?pwd=YnRzbVM2L2xIVkZyYzF0c0loWTBVQT09