Daily Sabbath

Daily Sabbath is a time to pause from our regular work and tend to our spiritual and emotional wellbeing.



Daily Sabbath is an opportunity to pause for 20 minutes and engage in a wide range of practices that promote spiritual connection and emotional wellbeing. 

That we have time set aside each morning to pause from our regular work and tend to our spiritual and emotional wellbeing is a gift that stems directly from the traditions and values of Lutheran higher education. Sabbath, which means to cease working, is a concept with rich and varied meanings in both the Jewish and Christian traditions.

Daily Sabbath takes place from 10:00 AM to 10:20 AM Monday through Friday. With daily events and practices in both Christ Chapel and the Bonnier Multifaith Center, Daily Sabbath has something to offer everyone.

J-Term 2019 Weekly Schedule 

Resiliency Practices- Multifaith Center
We can learn to be well and to bounce forward after challenges and disappointments. Leaders will engage the community in practices that build resilience, based on the research of Professor Michele Rusinko.
Pop-up Chapel- Campus Center (outside Evelyn Young Dining Room)
Stop by the pop-up chapel table in the campus center for various interactive spiritual practices. Activities will change each week.

**No Daily Sabbath on January 21st for MLK Day
Self-expression through the Arts- Multifaith Center
Artistic self-expression connects body, mind, and spirit--and it's fun! On different Tuesdays we'll play with coloring, drawing, creative writing, and improvisational theater games. Everyone is welcome to participate--no experience needed.

Pop-Up Chapel- Campus Center (outside Evelyn Young Dining Room)
Stop by the pop-up chapel table in the campus center for prayer or blessings. You may wish to have a chaplain pray with you, receive a blessing with oil or water, or simply take a printed out blessing to meditate on throughout the day.

Mindfulness Meditation- Multifaith Center
Meditation calms our bodies and minds and cultivates compassion for ourselves and others. Counseling Center staff will lead the community in loving kindness and mindfulness meditation practices. No prior experience with meditation is required. 

Morning Praise- Christ Chapel
On Wednesdays, we join together with Gustavus musicians to sing the Morning Praise liturgy, which comes from the Roman Catholic tradition and is beloved by many Gusties.
Sabbath Yoga- Multifaith Center
Yoga cultivates mindfulness through movement and breath. Experienced yoga practitioners will lead the community in a gentle yoga practice. Come as you are, no need to change. Mats provided. 

Holy Communion- Christ Chapel
Participate in an interactive service of Holy Communion that will equip us to be active, faithful people in our world. We practice open communion--you are welcome to participate in this meal of grace wherever you are on your journey with Christ.

Praying the Rosary- Multifaith Center
Join Catholic students in praying the rosary. All are welcome to participate or observe. 
Pop-Up Chapel- Marketplace Cafe (near the faith pillar)
Join chaplains, staff, and students for coffee (on us) and conversation. A designated question based on current events or pressing issues will begin our conversation and together we will learn from each other’s experience and perspectives.

Special Events During Daily Sabbath

These events will take place in Christ Chapel.
Janurary 21: MLK Day Lecture