March 11, 2019
Center for Campus Ministry: March 11
Here's What's Happening this Week
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Center for Campus Ministry: March 11
From Our Associate Chaplain
The Center for Campus Ministry at the University of St. Thomas co-hosted with Macalaster College and Hamline University the annual conference of the Association for Campus Muslim Chaplains (ACMC) from March 1-3, 2019. Participants from all over the U.S. and Canada discussed issues of critical importance to Chaplains, such as interfaith healing, supporting struggling youth to maintain their faith, promoting inclusion for religious, spiritual, and secular identities, and discerning one's own calling.
The theme of this year's conference was "Healing Our Campuses Whilst Healing Ourselves: Prophetic Approaches to Reconciliation & Repair." A local Imam, activist, and Muslim Chaplain for Minneapolis Police Dept., Imam Makram el Amin, described the tensions, vulnerabilities, and contradictions Muslim Chaplains face during their work. Clinical Psychiatrist Layla Asamarai provided attendees with training in trauma healing. The former president of ACMC, Imam Sharif Rosen from Williams College, Massachusetts, emphasized that chaplaincy is not work that can be done in isolation. He explained that stronger networking between Muslim Chaplains and the Chaplains of the other faith traditions informs all our work and provides essential support required for healthy college communities. Cody J. Neilson, the CEO of Convergence, presented the audience with the status of higher education in the U.S. schools and a framework towards more inclusive higher education. In his closing remarks, Fr. Lawrence Blake, Director for the Center for Campus Ministry, reminded everyone that the University of Saint Thomas is committed to Pope John Paul II's call that being a Catholic University means to be inclusive and respectful to the religious needs of students from diverse faith backgrounds.
Zabiha halal food was served during the conference, prepared by the new Executive Chef in University of Saint Thomas' Dinning Services, Benjamin McCallaum, in facilities recently developed to provide this service. The Muslim Chaplains in attendance greatly appreciated not just the quality and taste of the food, but also the University of St. Thomas's initiative to accommodate the religious dietary needs of students.
Patricia Anton, Muslim Chaplain at University of Pennsylvania; Nisa Muhammad, Assistant Dean for Religious Life at Howard University; and Sadaf Rauf Shier, University of St. Thomas were elected as President, Vice President and Secretary, respectively, of ACMC for the coming year.
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VISION UPdate & Monthly Reflection
J-Term VISION trips are done and everyone is back in class. We will share our experiences with you in upcoming newsletters. We have placed 48 students with our 12 VISION leaders and set up our Spring Break VISION trips. Everyone is very excited for the upcoming trips.
We will continue our monthly reflection series on Monday, March 18. All are invited and we hope to see you there.
Catholic Studies Talent Show
Saturday April 13
Calling all students with wonderful, God-given talents. (Hint: That's all of you!) The Catholic Studies annual Talent Show is just around the corner, and we want you to be a part of it! If you are interested in wowing the judges with your amazing performance, then please email Mackenzie Hunter (email@example.com) and Vince Koehl (firstname.lastname@example.org) with...
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