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Category: Spiritual and Religious Life

Friday Lunches Live – Starting September 15th

Meant to complement the Fourth Friday topic centered lunch, this invite is less formal and with no set agenda or topic. Bring your own lunch or snack on something from the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life kitchen such as PB&J or Grilled Cheese, and have a casual lunch with your peers that is separate from student involvement. It’s a ‘make your own experience’ at the Center for SRL, Fridays at noon when classes are in session. Open to staff and faculty.

Fourth Friday Soup and Salad Resumes – September 22nd

The Fourth Friday Soup and Salad for staff and faculty is returning this academic year. Please join us at noon at the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life (SRL) on the fourth Friday of the month while classes are in session, to discuss a topic for consideration which will help you consider your own outlook both on and off campus. Take a moment to connect with the people you work with both directly and indirectly, and see the staff and faculty you may have been missing.

Soup and Salad will be provided by the Center for SRL.

Fourth Friday Lunches for the fall term will be held as follows:
September 22nd, October 27th, and November 17th (3rd Friday due to break)

In Memoriam: Joseph Hopfensperger ’52

Dear Lawrence Family,

I wish to share with you the news that Joseph Allen Hopfensperger ‘52 passed away on July 12.  Joe was a long-time contributor to Lawrence and to the Appleton community. In his many years of connection with Lawrence, Joe served as director of industrial placement, director of the radio station, professor of theatre and drama, administrative assistant to the president, resident director of Björklunden, honorary degree recipient, convocation lecturer and more. Joe’s obituary can be found here—it shares more details about his extraordinary life, which has so enriched our collective life.

Over the more than 70 years of Joe’s connection with Lawrence, many have arrived and scattered to places across the globe. Yet having touched, our lives are linked together. Lawrence University is committed to sharing our losses and celebrating our connections in many ways. Funeral information for those who are in the area can be found here.

With deep gratitude for the life of Joseph Allen Hopfensperger,

Reverend Linda J. Morgan-Clement, DMin.
Julie Esch Hurvis Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life

Buddhist practice series

Be a part of the next three sessions of Buddhist meditation and practice with Matty Wegehaupt at the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life April 25, May 2 and May 9 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in Sabin House. Times have been adjusted so check your calendars. Please plan to attend the entire series. Open to all members of the LU community. Send RSVP to Matty Wegehaupt at For more information, email


Spring Term Intersections – Buddhist Practice

Intersections are an opportunity to explore the spaces where our spiritual lives and work/study/activities intersect.  As part of this ongoing intersection, a Buddhist practice series is available for the spring term. This series will explore a variety of methods including sitting and walking meditation, prostrations, chanting, discussion and study. The explorations are open to all regardless of background.  Participants attend a progression of sessions, each building upon the last session. Because of the progressive nature of the series, participants are expected to attend all sessions.

RSVP is requested. Contact Matty Wegehaupt at x7181 or at
Informational Session:  Thursday, April 13
Continuing sessions: Tuesdays-April 25, May 2, May 9
At Sabin House. All sessions 4:45pm-6pm


STUDENTS FOR HIRE: Seeking Interfaith Activators

The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life is looking for three students to fill vital roles on campus as Interfaith Activators for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The team of Interfaith Activators will be responsible for advising, creating, implementing, advertising and supporting interfaith programs and events through the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. Additionally, there will be some administrative duties and an encouraged learning from other members of the team.   

Visit or apply through LU Works under job ID 28057

 Applications will be accepted until April 20thCome work in this great space and fun office!