A Note from the Chaplain
I hope this letter finds you well, courageous, and seeking wisdom in all you do. We at Kalamazoo College are in a moment of great upheaval. Religious and Spiritual Life is no exception. We are practicing social distancing and working from home. Although we are not in the office, Kelly & I are checking emails, phone messages and working hard to bring you a full quarter of programmatic offerings.
I’ve come to think of this moment in the same way that I once thought about childbirth; it is profoundly uncomfortable. If your days are anything like mine, you have more questions than you have answers. It can be frustrating, anxiety provoking and unpleasant to not know what will happen next. But we can all live with discomfort. In fact, today feels more stable than yesterday. I know more today than I did yesterday. I hope you can say the same. Like childbirth, we all have to do what needs to be done and trust that the process will lead somewhere. Even.. maybe… to something amazing and life giving.
With that in mind, I wanted to offer some thoughts in this time of transition: I’m hopeful to find ways to reach out to you en masse. I’m planning a series of meditations, prayers and reflections for spring quarter. I imagine that these will come to you via email and Facebook. If you have not already done so, please “Like” our Facebook page.
I am available to you while we are in social isolation. I can use Skype, Facebook, Zoom or even a plain old telephone to communicate with you. If you need pastoral care, I’m just as available to you today as I was last week. Don’t hesitate to reach out by email (ecandido), office phone (7361) or online (see below to follow on Facebook).
More specific details will be forthcoming, in the meantime, please know that I am praying for you, holding you in the light, and wishing for abundant life and joy for us all.
The Kalamazoo College Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) is a multi-faith religious and spiritual gathering place. We understand that the spiritual journey is both personal and takes place in community. Our motto is “Deepen Your Roots” and everyone is invited to dig more deeply into what it means to live a life of integrity and importance. Students are also invited to engage with one another, crossing traditional boundaries, in respectful and meaningful ways that encourage critical thinking and an integration of theory and experiences through reflection.
We have programs for students continuing in their religious tradition as well as for students exploring religion & spirituality for the first