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Spiritual and Religious Life

Category: Spiritual and Religious Life

Don’t Miss Lawrence’s Baccalaureate!

What: Time for seniors, their families, and members of their Lawrence supporters to gather and reflect on the class of 2022’s spiritual journey. Expect an interactive invitation to process your own experience, music (it IS Lawrence!), movement, and inspiration.  The Outstanding Teaching in Wisconsin Awards are a part of the service.

When: Saturday, June 11th, at 3:00 pm.

Where: Memorial Chapel or live stream

Who: Planned by a small, multi-faith group of seniors with Linda Morgan-Clement.  These folks have worked hard since January to reflect on the class’ collective journey and create a shared ritual to honor it and offer perspective and release.  This year our speaker is Professor Karen Carr.

Holy Week Observances

For our Christian community, the practices and observances of Holy Week offer a time for connection with family and faith community, retelling the central story of the faith, and reflection on a vision for a better world. The Appleton Christian communities provide many opportunities for friends, old and new, to connect.

If you are looking for worship services, please see our Spirit Space Facebook post:

Sustainable Spirituality Workbook = Better Spring Term

Sometimes it’s a challenge to get up and going when the break between terms has been a week too short.

Spring into this term by choosing ONE way to:

  • Connect deeply
  • Expand your awareness
  • Listen to your Heart
  • Recognize new life . . .


Check out the Sustainable Spirituality workbook and spend an hour on the way to a better Spring Term.

Brighter Together Term Closing Ceremony

Winter Term Closing for all Lawrentians will take place in the Somerset Room on Friday, March 11th at 4:30 pm. and will close with a community walk to the Goldgarden to release our regrets, gratitude, and prayers for the term. 

Spiritual and Religious Life invites you to take time to acknowledge a turning and the impact that this term has had on our community, our relationships, our knowledge, our dreams, and our souls.  When we pause to see from multiple perspectives then it is possible to hold hard and joyful, growth and struggle, loneliness and community in the same space.  We hope you will plan to resist isolation and be part of a shared experience. 

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) ⁠

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.…

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