Office of the Chaplains

Religious and Spiritual Life

Curated resources for spiritual care

Individual Spiritual Care

Chaplains are available to meet virutally with students and staff. They are good listeners who are skilled in guiding individuals through times of crisis, grief, vocational discernment, theological questions, relationship struggles, and more. Chaplains also enjoy sitting down over coffee or tea for open conversation. 

Chaplain Siri Erickson: 
To schedule an appointment, please email her at sericks5@gustavus.edu

Chaplain Maggie Falenschek: 
Click here to schedule an appointment online. For additional availability, please email her at mfalenschek@gustavus.edu
 
Chaplain Grady St. Dennis: 
To schedule an appointment, please email him at stdennis@gustavus.edu
 

Daily Sabbath 

Monday: Prayer Around the Cross
To view this week's edition of Prayer Around the Cross, click here
 
Tuesday: Purpose Pause, 10-10:20am
Join others for a coffee break conversation! Chaplain Maggie will be leading reflections and small group conversations about finding purpose and meaning in this time of physical distancing. 
This weekly event will happen zia "Zoom." Click here to join. 
If you do not have a Zoom account, click here to download. 
 
Wednesday: Morning Praise
To view this week's edition of Morning Praise, click here
 
Thursday: Gratitude Practice, 10-10:20am
Chaplain Siri will lead an interactive gratitude practice via Zoom. Click here to join. 
If you do not have a Zoom account, click here to download. 
 
Friday: Musical Showcase
Students and staff share their favorite songs or musical pieces. You can access a new video each Friday on our social media accounts or by clicking here.
 
Looking for more resources to practice sabbath on your own? Download our "Sabbath to-go" booklet with prayers, poems,and activities. 
 

Worship/Religious Services

Christianity
  • Many churches nation wide are live streaming worship services each week. Check the website or social media accounts of your favorite congregations. Not sure where to start? Chaplains are happy to share recommendations. 
  • Gustavus students will be sharing brief messages every Sunday. To listen to this week's message click here or check our social media channels. 
  • Catholicism: A message from Fr. Andrew Dickinson from SDSU's Newman Center, click here.
Judiasm
  • Hillel @ Home holds resources, programs, hangouts, contests, and virtual gatherings for Jewish community. 
  • Mt. Zion Temple (Reform) in St. Paul is regularly livestreaming services. Click here for more information.
  • Romemu (Renewal) hosts streamed Shabbat and torah studies. Click here to view. 
Hinduism
  • The Sri Satyanarayana Temple is hosting streaming services via Facebook. Click here to view. 
Islam
  • Howard University MSA is hosting regular Jummah services. Click here to view. 
  • Muslim American Society hosts daily focus' that includes reflections, Quran recitation and dua. Click here to view.
Paganism
  • Click here for a blog post on ritual approaches to COVID-19.
Buddhism
  • For meditations, readings, and other resources click here.


Next Event

GACAC Annual Meeting

April 25

The 33rd Annual Business Meeting of the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Clergy and lay delegates from Association member congregations, as well as their guests, are encouraged to come to campus for a wonderful day of inspiration and fellowship.

Upcoming events
Date Event
Apr 25 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. GACAC Annual Meetinghttps://gustavus.edu/calendar/gacac-annual-meetingChrist Chapel
May 30 910 a.m. Baccaulaureate Services - 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.https://gustavus.edu/calendar/baccaulaureate-services-9-am-and-1030-amChrist Chapel
10:3011:30 a.m. Baccaulaureate Services - 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.https://gustavus.edu/calendar/baccaulaureate-services-9-am-and-1030-amChrist Chapel