(Even if You’re Not Religious)
From an article by Paul Rauschenbush in Huffpost, tweaked to reflect GMC
- Chaplains are interested in the big questionsat the heart of a liberal arts education such as:
Who am I? What kind of life do I want to live? What do I believe? How will I contribute to this world?
- Chaplains have your back.There may be times when you just need someone with whom you can talk to without fear that it will go beyond the two of you. Having this kind of sounding board can really help when dealing with relationships, the pressures of being a student, or just figuring out life.
- Chaplains support fantastic trips.GMC joins with Poultney UMC’s pastor David Adams to go on Spring Break trips to Red Bird Mission to repair homes in Kentucky’s poorest areas.
- There is always food.The chapel & chaplain’s office pretty much always have tea, sometimes treats!
- It’s a place of peace.Ackley Chapel is a special place where you can go and sit, breathe, pray, meditate, reflect. If you spend even 10 minutes a day centering in some way it can help you be centered and more peaceful, and may help you to handle the stress of college.
- Chaplains can help you understand your roommates (and other people).Discussions on interfaith relations, science and religion, ecology and faith, art and spirituality, mindfulness and happiness sponsored by the chaplain’s office can help inform you of your neighbor’s belief and also hone your own opinions. And if you don’t see the discussion you want to have, talk to me. I would be very glad to help you start a new one!
- Chaplain’s offices are often a locus for social justice work.Looking for a way to make a positive difference in the world? Your chaplain can help you connect with service organizations and social justice groups. This work is often not faith-based, instead it is about the wider goal of creating a more just and beautiful world. People of faith as well as spiritual and secular are equally welcome to take part. So as you enjoy your first days at college this fall, stop by the chaplain’s office at 201 Richardson, or in the Chapel (225 Ackley Hall) and say “Hi!”