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.
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.
Quietly appreciating and meditating on the beauty of God’s good
creation… sharing caring conversation with a new friend… listening to
God’s word with new ears… That’s what the Lifetree Retreat
is all about. In quiet contemplation, you are invited to learn to
listen to God through individual and group activities, prayer and
worship, Bible study, and fellowship. Watch for your opportunity to participate in a retreat. There is no charge and transportation and meals are included.
The Lifetree Retreat is intended to help participants find ways to hear God’s voice in their daily lives. Whether you have questions about vocation, relationships, faith, whatever, you will learn how to quiet yourself and listen for God’s voice. The 2016 Retreat will be announced soon.
Sponsored by the Center for Church Vocations of Campus Ministries
For 2015-16, CRU (Campus Crusade) offers a Bible Study Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room of 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 Guild Memorial Hall for the fall of 2015. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their page.
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:
You can also download a copy of the brochure that tells you more about the labyrinth.
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 are students like yourself, who reside in the residence halls and are here to help you on your spiritual journey. Read more about them.
Are you someone who takes your faith seriously? Do you want to let your faith permeate your life, studies and work?
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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.
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.