Daily Sabbath

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

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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.

Fall 2018 Weekly Schedule 

Christ Chapel
 
Monday: Contemplative Prayer Practices
Prayer connects us to God and to each other. On Mondays we gather to pause for reflection, singing, and prayer in a variety of contemplative styles.
 
Tuesday: Messages by Chaplains and Faculty 
On Tuesdays, we gather for coffee, hymn-singing, and thought-provoking messages from chaplains and faculty. 
 
Wednesday: Morning Praise led by Gustavus Choral Ensembles 
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. 
 
Thursday: Holy Communion and Messages by Students 
On Thursdays, we gather to hear from student speakers about how they are connecting their most deeply held convictions with what they are learning inside and outside the classroom. The chaplains will also be administering holy communion for any who would like to participate. Christ Chapel practices open communion, which means that no matter where you are in your journey with God, you are welcome to receive the bread and wine as signs of God's abundant grace and forgiveness. 
 
Friday: Musical Showcase
On Fridays, we gather for inspiration as we celebrate the many talented musicians at Gustavus. 
 
Bonnier Multifaith Center
 
Monday: Resiliency Practices
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. 
 
Tuesday: Students on Justice and the Arts
Join students from the Diversity Center showcasing their gifts with a touch of fun! Different kinds of events will creatively explore the theme of Social Justice, Civil Rights and the Arts. For details on specific Tuesdays, see the weekly calendar outside the Multifaith Center or the college calendar. 
 
Wednesday: Mindfulness Meditation
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. 
 
Thursday: Sabbath Yoga
Yoga cultivates mindfulness through movement and breath. Kelly Karstad and other experienced yoga practitioners will lead the community in a gentle yoga practice. Come as you are, no need to change. Mats provided. Daily Sabbath is an opportunity to pause from our regular work and tend to our spiritual and emotional well-being.
 
Friday: In Our Own Voice: Students on Religion
Students from different religious communities and worldviews share their traditions. Come listen and learn about a variety of beliefs and practices. For details on specific Fridays, see the weekly calendar outside the Multifaith Center or the college calendar. Daily Sabbath is an opportunity to pause from our regular work and tend to our spiritual and emotional well-being.
 

Special Events During Daily Sabbath

 
These events will take place in Christ Chapel.
September 4: Opening Convocation, President Bergman speaking
September 11: Rosh Hashanah Observance
September 25: Installation of Chaplain Maggie Falenschek, Bishop Jon Anderson presiding
October 30: Founders Day Celebration, President Bergman speaking
November 2: International Student Celebration
November 9: Veterans Day Observance
December 4: Winds of Christmas
December 6: Festival of Saint Lucia