Activities

At Lawrence we understand spirituality to be the awareness of our essential connection to self, others, mystery (awe) and the natural world.  Spiritual life exists for all persons and in each of the religious traditions.  The awareness of our connections show up in daily life and in extraordinary moments. Here you will find opportunities to experience connection in community and on your own time. 

Students with plants at 2018 Sabin Open House

 

CITY AND NATURE SCENES WITH ROADS AND PATHS

Sensory Walk

A good Sensory Walk can bring you to center while simultaneously allowing pathways to emerge.  Listen to the sound of nature under your feet. Listen to the sounds of the city. Listen to the sounds of the water. Listen to your own footsteps.  Feel what's under your feet. Feel the temperature around you. Feel the texture of trees or buildings. Feel the water or ground.  Look at the different colors around you. Look for what changed this season. Look at neighborhood murals or light on the water.  Smell the air around you. Smell the trees. Smell the water. Smell fires or cooking in the area. Taste the air as you breathe in and out. Taste a beverage when you return home.

1) Locate an area to explore. This can be a path, a park, a place near a river, lake or ocean, or just around the neighborhood.
2) Distance with a friend. For both community and safety you might want to bring a friend on this adventure, or at least tell someone what you're doing and where you're headed.
3) Engage your senses. See examples of ways to engage your senses.
4) Share with others. Post on the LU Spirit Space Facebook or Instagram page about how you engaged in the sensory walk.

fall FoxRiverSCORES FOR WALKING

Walking at Lawrence is a journey of discovery.  This fall, join visiting professor, Mauriah Donegan Kraker for a curated walking meditations.  All you need is yourself, some headphones, and a place to walk or sit.

 

Community Gratitude Prayer Flags

Gratitude Flags

Borrowing from Tibetan prayer flags, the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life invites you to express what you are grateful for by creating and contributing a flag to a living, breathing kinetic journal of our thanks, appreciations and hopes. Tibetan prayer flags typically carry mantras (sacred words) for peace, compassion, good fortune, strength or wisdom. They are an essential part of Tibetan Buddhism and can be found over mountain passes and along mountain ridges.  We hope each flag will be created in the artists own style, then hung outside in our new garden space, its words and sentiment dissolving into the wind and being spread to all whom the wind touches

On campus students, faculty and staff – While this is available, materials and instructions to create and hang your flag are provided in the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life as well as other places on campus. Your ID will grant you access to the building. 
Remote students, faculty and staffFeel free to share what you are grateful for through this form (written words, poetry, lyrics, images, drawings), and a staff member will transfer to a flag to hang in community with the collaborative piece.
 

 

 Worship

Meditation By focusing on your breathing and clearing away unnecessary thoughts, you open yourself to the potential of being more centered, focused, and intentional.  Tibetan Buddhist meditation can be experienced at Lawrence and is frequently led by a campus professor who's scholarly work directly lends itself to this contemplative worship practice.  Check the LU calendar for options.

Large Group meetings with LCF The Lawrence Christian Fellowship meets Wednesdays during term to celebrate their faith, support one another, and engage in activities that support community.  Students and staff are invited to connect with LCF for other meeting offerings including Small Group, or meetings for athletes, among others.  

Jumma practiced on campus at noon on Fridays, Jumma is observed in honor of a holy day of the week, to bring about forgiveness, to be heard by Allah, and  to make special prayers. It is a time for prayer within and for the community. Prayer space (and prayer rugs) available at the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, or pray on your own. Choose the experience that benefits you most.  

Shabbat on Fridays is hosted by the Hillel chapter of Lawrence and welcomes all who respect the honoring of this faith tradition. Shabbat normally occurs in the living room of the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, but also occasionally finds a home at other locations.

Faith specific worship services also available on campus and in the surrounding community.  

 

Practices in Attention

Students and staff engage in a weaving projectPractices in Attention are activities within the space that are always present and available for students, staff, or faculty to take advantage of. They encourage exactly as the name indicates...practice.  We provide free form manipulation of clay, plus string, beads and tools for bracelets.  Pencils for coloring, journals for writing...new items added and rotated regularly. Here you can transfer your energy in new ways, fail, assess, and start again if necessary.  

 

 Guided Contemplation (Activities)

Contemplative practices come in many forms. Lawrence provides opportunities for guided contemplation on campus.

Yoga is offered in partnership with Wellness Services on Tuesdays and Thursday 11:15 am-noon- Warch Campus Center and is open to Lawrentians.  

Meditation  The Meditation Room in the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life is open to daily between 9 am - midnight.

Explore Belonging Kathy Privatt, James G. and Ethel M. Barber Professor of Theatre and Drama and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts uses the intersection of Alexander Technique and Christian faith as an opportunity to consider Belonging through David Whyte's poem by the same name. 

Walking is a favorite activity among Lawrentians.  Join the weekly, Take a Hike with Practices Fellow, Amber Latimer and her dog Mudd.  Grab your earphones and open a score for walking offerd by visiting professor, Mauriah Donegan Kraker.  Make an appointment with Dean Morgan-Clement to walk and talk along the trestle bridge.

Buddhist Meditation  Tibetan Buddhist meditation can be experienced at Lawrence and is offered on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm by professor Connie Kassor who's scholarly work is in Tibetan Buddhism.  

Deep Listening Join the Lawrence deep listening community Deep Listening is a contemplative practice of hearing in which we are fully present with what is happening in the moment without trying to control or judge it.  Deeplistening club meets on Fridays at 4:30 in the Conservatory of music.

Labyrinth Walking is an ancient contemplative practice.  Follow the path as it winds toward the center, following your intention.  Sit in stillness until you are ready to travel outward - finding clarity and renewed focus through the journey.  If you don't have time to travel to the Labyrinth on the ground of First Congregational UCC (next to Alexander gym), then join Dean Morgan-Clement on a virtual walk. 

Sustainable Spirituality This workbook is designed to guide you through the process of creating an achievable plan for spiritual growth, one academic term at a time.

 

Holidays

Students prepare food for IftarFaith based observances are an important connection to religious community and a marker of identity within our diverse community.  Folks will be observing privately or with others at many times during the year.  This can be a good opportunity to support others and to expand your awareness. Our spiritual holidays calendar offers a glimpse of the religious diversity here at Lawrence. 

If you are planning to observe your own faith based holidays, plan ahead and speak with with professors. Lawrence faculty are very supportive of students' faith based observances and welcome a conversation about manage academic commitments when religious observances are held. Students are encouraged speak with their professors and may also contact one of the deans in our office for support or information. 

Dia De Los Muertos at Sabin House

Students with sukkah

 

 

 

 



 

Open Movement Jam

When a world class conservatory is right on campus, you can't help but put music with movement. At an Open Movement Jam anyone can sing dance, play and make music. Practice with your ensemble, improvise, and bravely connect. 

 

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Fourth Friday Staff and Faculty Lunch


detail of a green salad with tomatosLunch and conversation is offered for Lawrence employees on the fourth Friday of each month when classes are in session.  This luncheon offers a space for the staff and faculty to share personal experiences around a specific topic, enjoy a presence of community outside of the classroom or office, and connect over a simple soup and salad.  No reservation required. 

All lunches will start at noon email us at spiritual.religious.life@lawrence.edu to request the zoom link.