Faith and Social Justice

The Office of the Chaplains collaborates with many different departments and student organizations to promote justice, both at Gustavus and around the world.

Annual Events

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture emphasizes the continuing struggle for civil rights. This year, the lecture will take place on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 10:00 AM in Christ Chapel. The keynote address will be given by civil rights activist and sociologist Joyce Ladner and is titled "The Civil Rights Movement, Still Marching After All These Years". More information can be found at https://gustavus.edu/events/mlk/

Building Bridges

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Building Bridges is a student organization at Gustavus Adolphus College that focuses on educating and informing community members on issues relating to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Building Bridges’ signature event is the annual Building Bridges Conference, which takes place every spring. The conference is completely organized and run by students, who choose the focus of each year’s conference. The conference aims to educate the community through keynote speakers, a series of workshops and an interactive action piece. Past topics have included: the war on drugs (2016), rape culture (2015), environmental justice (2014), and mass incarceration (2013). More information about Building Bridges can be found at https://gustavus.edu/diversity/buildingbridges/.

MAYDAY! Peace Conference

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The annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference was established at Gustavus in 1981. It was founded and is sustained by the generosity of Florence and the late Raymond Sponberg of North Mankato, MN.

The Conference occurs on the last Wednesday in April or the first Wednesday in May each year. Classes are suspended or shortened so that students and faculty may attend the 10 a.m. opening convocation and keynote in the Chapel, the afternoon keynote and workshops, and the closing reception. The MAYDAY! Peace Conference is open to the public, and no fees or reservations are required to attend.

Past conference themes include:

Regularly Scheduled Events

Daily Sabbath

Daily Sabbath is a good and beautiful gift; it is a time to pause from our regular work and tend to our spiritual and relational wellbeing. The Bonnier Multifaith Center hosts opportunities to come together every weekday morning and engage in a variety of spiritual and religious practices. Daily Sabbath takes place from 10:00 AM to 10:20 AM Monday through Friday. 
Spring 2018 Weekly Schedule 

Monday

Resiliency Practices - Bonnier Multifaith Center
We can learn to be well and to bounce forward after challenges and disappointments. On Mondays, Professor Michele Rusinko will lead the community in practices that build resilience.

Tuesday

Artistic Inclusion: Mind, Body, and Heart - Bonnier Multifaith Center

Join the Diversity Center and friends in our celebration of education and life. On Tuesdays, the Bonnier Multifaith Center is open to all as we showcase students sharing their gifts with a touch of fun, of course!

Wednesday

Mindfullness Meditation - Bonnier Multifaith Center
Meditation calms our bodies and minds and cultivates compassion for ourselves and others. On Wednesdays, members of the Counselling Center staff will lead the community in loving kindness and mindfulness meditation practices. No prior experience with meditation is required to participate.

Thursday

Sabbath Yoga - Bonnier Multifaith Center
Yoga cultivates mindfulness through movement and breath. On Thursdays, Kelly Karstad will lead the community in a gentle yoga practice. Come as you are, no need to change. Mats provided.

Friday

20 Minutes with MSA - Bonnier Multifaith Center
Members of Gustavus’ growing Muslim community are invited to gather on Friday mornings for a variety of Muslim religious practices.

Feminist Bible Study—Mondays, 6-7 pm and 7-8 pm (The Dive)

Feminist Bible Study is a group for women who are committed to feminism and women’s equality and want to explore their faith, ask and examine spiritual questions, deepen their understanding of the Bible’s stories about women, and find a sense of belonging in a Christian community that honors women's voices, perspectives, and experiences. If you are interested in joining, please email Chaplain Siri Erickson at sericks5@gustavus.edu

Climate Justice Coalition (CJC)—Tuesdays, 8-9 pm (Nobel Hall 105)

The Climate Justice Coalition is a group made up of students, faculty, staff, and community members that are working to combat climate change and the injustices that accompany it. The faculty advisor is Laura Triplett. Starting this year, the Climate Justice Coalition will be supplying Gustavus' marketing team with information about climate justice events and actions which will be shared using their social media accounts. CJC is also partnering with Gustavus and community groups like the Gustavus Greens, the Gustavus Thrift Shop, The Environmental Justice ILS House, and Region Nine Development Commission. We also plan to reach out by contacting representatives on relevant environmental legislation and attending marches and demonstrations concerning climate justice.
 
Our mission is to:
 
Build Community. 
Inspire Action.
Achieve Climate Justice.
 
For more information, contact Rachel Belvedere at rbelvede@gustavus.edu