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, 4:30-4:50pm
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. 
 
Wednesday: Morning Praise
To view this week's edition of Morning Praise, click here
 
Thursday: Gratitude Practice, 10-10:20am, 4:30-4:50pm
Chaplain Siri will lead an interactive gratitude practice via Zoom. Click here to join. 
 
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.
Judaism
  • 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. 
  • Passover Greetings from Gustvaus
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.
  • The Yaqeen Institute offers Faith in the time of Coronavirus
Paganism
  • Click here for a blog post on ritual approaches to COVID-19.
Buddhism
  • For meditations, readings, and other resources click here.

Virtual Hatha Yoga

The Counseling Center is partnering with a doctoral student, Rose Halama, from MNSU, Mankato to provide virtual Hatha Yoga sessions via Zoom. These sessions are free and open to Gustavus students and staff. All are welcome to join, regardless of experience level with yoga. These sessions will be held each Monday (starting next week, April 6th) from 11:30 - 12:15 through the end of the semester.

Instructions for preparing and joining the online Hatha Yoga classes:

Join the class via Zoom:
On the day of each yoga session, click to join the class here.
Note: You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend this yoga class. You will be prompted to download the software once you have clicked on the above link. If you like, you can create a Zoom account, but it's not required to attend and participate in this yoga class. 

Set up your space:
Ten minutes before your class begins, find a quiet space for your yoga practice.
Set up your laptop or phone 7-8 ft away from you so that the camera shows all or most of your yoga mat. That way, Rose can see you and offer individualized support if needed. 
Make sure to have your water bottle and towel nearby! 

Other factors to keep in mind:
Once you join the class, everyone will be muted in order to limit distracting background noises.
After the class is done, Rose will unmute everyone and stick around to say hi and answer any questions participants might have regarding the yoga practice. 
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to Rose at edeline.halama@mnsu.edu.

Resiliency Practices

Follow the link below to explore tips and best practices currated by Professor Michele Ruskino. 

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Next Event

Postponed - Baccaulaureate Services - 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

May 30

A baccalaureate service is a worship service that includes Holy Communion, music, readings, prayers and a blessing for the graduates. People of all faiths are welcome.  Baccalaureate services will be held in Christ Chapel on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Go to gustavustickets.com to reserve complimentary tickets for a Baccalaureate Service.  Your graduate needs a ticket of their own.

Seating in Christ Chapel is limited, so there are two opportunities to attend the Baccalaureate Service to accomodate requests. Requests will be filled as received until a service reaches capacity. Guest tickets are not limited, although please order as close as possible to the number of tickets needed. Additional requests for tickets or returns can be made if your plans change.

Attending the 9 a.m. service allows for a more leisurely time to attend the Commencement Buffet before graduates are required to line-up for Commencement at 12:45 p.m.

Upcoming events
Date Event
May 30 910 a.m. Postponed - Baccaulaureate Services - 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.https://gustavus.edu/calendar/postponed-baccaulaureate-services-9-am-and-1030-amChrist Chapel
10:3011:30 a.m. Postponed - Baccaulaureate Services - 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.https://gustavus.edu/calendar/postponed-baccaulaureate-services-9-am-and-1030-amChrist Chapel
May 22, 2021 910 a.m. Baccaulaureate Services - 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.https://gustavus.edu/calendar/baccaulaureate-services-9-am-and-1030-am-2Christ 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-am-2Christ Chapel