Recently an academic study at Wilfrid Laurier has indicated that spirituality plays a significant role in helping students deal with mental health issues such anxiety disorders and even homesickness.
In order to help students cope with student lfe and to provide an opportunity to explore spirituality, Lutheran Campus Ministry - Waterloo and the Chaplain's office are offering the following events/seminars at WLU.
FALL SEMESTER ACTIVITIES
Spiritual Formation Seminars ( 3) three week sessions beginning in September led by Sr. Anne Keffer.
1st Session – September 18th, 25th, and October 02nd
2nd Session – October 16th, 23rd and 30th
3rd Session – November 13th, 20th and 27th
(each unit will be based on a theme including ‘Your Image of God’, ‘Spiritual Direction’, ‘Ways of Praying – finding deeper trust in one’s own way of praying’ and reflection time. The aim is to provide an opportunity to formulate one’s own spiritual theology)
The sessions will be held prior to our Tuesday night Cost Suppers where the sessions can naturally evolve into an ‘agape’ supper. The Suppers begin at 5:30 p.m.
Based on the [Both And] event, the ‘Mysterium’ gatherings will be held in the Keffer Chapel on the third Friday of the month from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. beginning September 21st.
The structure of the gatherings is to gather in a candle lit environment with font and altar present. Musicians are a key element to this gathering as well as a projector with images and music that is played during parts of the gathering. There will be a reflection based on a theme that has been chosen for the evening and a meal of bread and wine (and juice). There are prayers (and perhaps a ‘Prayer Wall’ constructed for the evening) and a Prayer Space where one or more leaders pray an intercessory prayer for those wishing to pray with someone.
It will be an ecumenical gathering which will be fairly informal which uses ‘ancient’ as well as ‘modern’ elements.
There will be a ‘creative space’ where sketch pads and water colors, or charcoal will be available. Some evenings will be spent preparing sandwiches which will be transported and donated to the ‘Anselma House’ in Kitchener. Anyone, at anytime can go to the ‘creative space’ during the gathering.
Please check out: lutheransconnect.com for the Pentecost 2012 reflection and Social Justice Events on ‘Human Trafficking’ and ‘Refugee Rights’ taking place on the campus of WLU this fall.