Devotional Life

A personal devotional life is always a blessing. At the Chapel, we're ready to help you maintain your present devotional life or make a fresh start on one. Here are just a few resources that are available to every member of the University community. You are also welcome to stop in the Chapel to pray even when worship services are not in process.

Spiritual Retreats

The university offers a series of retreats throughout the year that lead participants in the disciplines of prayer and spiritual discernment, especially in the area of life vocation.

Free Church Vocations Retreat

The 2016 Church Vocations Retreat is set for Friday evening, Sept. 30, through Saturday, Oct. 1.

Location: Spring House Inn in Chesterton, IN, about 14 miles north of campus. 

It's FREE for all Valpo students. Space is limited to 30 students.

To Register each student must complete the University required online registration process at this link:

Estimated departure time on Friday, Sept. 30th (meet in front of Chapel): 4 p.m.
Estimated return time on Saturday, Oct. 1st (drop off in front of Chapel) : 12 Noon

Please contact Doreen Olguin-Flores (Helge Center #112) if you need to leave after Kantorei or Choral practice around 6 p.m. from campus.

 

 

Life Tree Contemplative Retreat - spring 2017. Dates TBA

 

Lindenwood Retreat Center:


Lindenwood 

Bible Studies

For 2016-17, CRU (Campus Crusade) offers a Bible Study Mondays at 8 p.m. in the Helge Center at the Chapel of the Resurrection. SIS (Sisters in Spirit), BRO (Brothers Reaching Out) and other organizations also offer regular Bible Study. BRO will meet at Sundays at 5 p.m. at the Helge Center. SIS meets 9-10 p.m. Thursdays in the Helge Center.

LCMS-U Valpo is a student group that meets regularly to pray and to discuss topics of theology of interest to college students. Main sources for these conversations are Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions along with statements of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). University Pastor James A. Wetzstein helps facilitate the discussion. Meetings are Mondays at 10:30 a.m. in the Helge Center conference room. Join the Google group at tinyurl.com/valpolcmsu

In addition, a Bible study with free breakfast is offered each Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Center for Diaconal Ministry, next to Beacon Hall. Questions? Email Kristin Lewis or Valerie Webdell.

Contact one of the university pastors or the Christian Ministry Network for more information. 

In addition, all are welcome to attend the on-going Chinese-language Bible study on campus, held each Sunday during the school year from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Harre Union. Whether you were born in China or are learning the language and wish to practice its use, you are welcome to attend. Bibles are available. For more information, please email valpo.cca@gmail.com or visit their page.

The book of Hebrews is the fall 2013 Bible study focus

The Resurrection Labyrinth and "I AM" Garden

Outside the Chapel on the east end of the building you will find the Resurrection Labyrinth and "I AM" Garden, given in memory of Nicole Unrath, class of 2003, by her family and friends.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It is not a maze, because a maze is like a puzzle to be solved. Rather, a labyrinth has only one path, from one continuous line. The way in is also the way out. You are welcome to visit the labyrinth at any time. Our labyrinth includes markers along the way with "I AM" statements of Jesus, for Christ is our journey and our destination.

Some general guidelines for walking a labyrinth are:

  • Focus: Pause and wait at the entrance. Become quiet and centered.
  • Experience: Walk purposefully. Observe the process. When you reach the center, stay there and focus several minutes. Say a prayer. Leave when it seems appropriate. Be attentive on the way out.
  • Exit: Turn and face the entrance. You may wish to give an acknowledgement of ending, such as "Amen."
  • Reflect: After walking the labyrinth, reflect back on your experience.

You can also download a copy of the brochure that tells you more about the labyrinth.

Daily Morning Prayer

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The single most frequent worship opportunity during the school year is Morning Prayer at 10 a.m. each class day. It's just 20 minutes long. Worship styles change from day to day, season to season, with music ranging from ancient to contemporary. Morning Prayer is a time for students, faculty, and staff to gather as a community of faith, to hear God’s word, pray, and give praise.

 

Peer Ministers

Peer Ministers are students like yourself, who reside in the residence halls and are here to help you on your spiritual journey. Read more about them.

 

Get a daily dose of encouragement via text

For daily scriptural encouragement for your walk at Valpo, "like" ValpoWalk on Facebook or follow ValpoWalk on Twitter.

 

VU Prayer Book

In celebration of Valpo's 150th anniversary, a new prayer book became available in August 2008 to members of the campus community. In Thy Light We See Light: The Valparaiso University Prayer Book includes prayers from Valpo's outgoing and incoming presidents and traditional campus events such as Advent Vespers, as well as prayers related to faith and learning, stress and struggle, giving thanks, relationships, and sorrow and loss. Also contained in the book are examples of varied ways of praying and how one can practice these different approaches. Pick up a copy for free at the Chapel.

 

Some Thoughts on Silence

Silence has been highly prized as a Christian discipline because as one attends to God’s voice, spoken during private prayer, worship service, the proclaiming of scripture, in solitary walks, etc., one’s inner being becomes focused and intent on receiving life, blessing, and spiritual riches from the One who is the source of life. The Taize Worship Around the Cross service offered during the Morning Prayer rotation makes good use of silence.

One needs to grow used to being in silence, for we tend to become uncomfortable when there are no sounds to distract us.  Many of us struggle to still the chatter in our minds in order to pray and to create a space to receive God’s word to us in prayer.

Silence may be considered simply a peaceful attentiveness to God’s presence, a time to be quiet and let your soul breathe deeply once again.  It may be a time for reflection on the words and music heard, a time for personal prayer and confession, a time to rest in God’s peace from the busyness of life.  Silence can be a means of being in touch with feelings and thoughts, as well as an invitation to discern with God’s eyes and ears what needs to change in us for us to better reflect the image and likeness of God in whom we have been created.