The Chaplain's Team at their annual Christmas party, December 2013.
THE CHAPLAIN’S TEAM EXISTS TO:
- Assist the chaplain in implementing religious programming.
- Encourage and support students’ personal faith development.
- Produce community-enhancing programs.
- Identify and develop interfaith educational opportunities.
- Present opportunities to integrate personal faith with acts of justice and service.
- Model spiritual disciplines as a means of supporting the greater community.
The chaplain’s team is made up of student volunteers chosen by the chaplain to assist in planning and leading religious programming throughout the academic year. Chaplain Team members are given the opportunity to pursue roles in Christian leadership. Students interested in joining the Chaplain’s Team should contact the chaplain.
The hosts for the 2014-2015 school year of the Emmaus House are from left to right, Lexy Chapman, Emily Kreifels, and Delaney Aydel.
The Emmaus House (the E-house for short) is the activity center for the chaplaincy and its campus ministry outreach. The cottage, located at the corner of Linfield Avenue and Melrose Avenue, is used for a variety of small group meetings. It also provides a reading and religious library. In addition, it houses a special room in the basement called the “Sacred Space” and is a prayer and meditation room available for all faith traditions. Popular activities include game nights and evening gatherings for fellowship and cookie dough. To reserve the “Sacred Space” or the house for small group meetings please contact the resident hosts through the Chaplain at 503-883-2259. Any Linfield group may reserve the space, religious or otherwise for their personal use.
CAMPUS FELLOWSHIP GROUPS
Catholic Student Association
Weekly fellowship of the campus catholic students held at the Emmaus House. The fellowship focuses on prayer, bible study, singing, and serving. We also observe the liturgies of the Roman Catholic tradition. Mike Douglass from St. James Catholic Church serves as our group advisor. We also do carpools to Mass, retreats, mystery nights, and field trips!
We meet on Tuesday nights at the Emmaus House from 9-10 p.m.
Contact: Alyssa Kaplan
or Mike Douglas - 503-472-5232 ext. 233
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
The vision of Linfield's FCA is to create a community of courageous Christians on campus, who are supported by their teammates (fellow Christians) and growing in a knowledge of God. Our goal as a club is to offer anyone (you do not have to be an athlete to join) an opportunity to have fun, meet new people, and grow in their relationship with Christ through teaching, discussion, worship and fellowship. Our weekly meetings vary in content, including speakers from the Linfield and/or Mcminnville community, student led worship and discussions, and activity nights where we might play dodge ball or write a letter to Kuni, the Compassion child we sponsor as a group.
FCA meets every Monday night @ 8:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room (2nd fl of Pioneer Hall).
Contact: Lexy Chapman
Young Life is a campus organization for those who are engaged and interested in learning more about themselves through Jesus Christ.
Throughout the academic year the Chaplain’s Office offers special worship services. The following is a list of a typical year’s services: Orientation Weekend Worship, Christmas Candlelight Service, Ash Wednesday Service, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunrise Service. In addition there is a Baccalaureate Service during Commencement weekend. Other thematic services may be offered based upon community and world needs.
Monthly Candlelight Prayer Services
Once a month we offer an intimate candlelight prayer service in the Emmaus House on the 2nd Tuesday at 7:00pm
We strongly encourage students to find a local worshiping community of faith to involve themselves in for fellowship and nurturing. It provides diversity of experience, time away from campus, and often a feeling of finding a second family. View local Church directory.
Habitat booth project on the Linfield campus
"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-14)
The Chaplain's Team is committed to furthering social justice at Linfield College and in the local and global community through service projects, special events, and increasing awareness of the following issues: poverty, homelessness, human trafficking, and human rights.
A service project to New Orleans - joining with American Baptist Home Mission Society. For five years we have taken students on this trip, opportunity to go is based on interest to go and interview process. We are working on the 9th ward to continue with the recovery of Katrina.
Coming events on campus where you can promote social justice:
Volunteer with the Chaplain's Team at the Food Bank.
First Saturday of each month Mac Co-Op Breakfast - Saint Barnabas soup kitchen
Visit the Chaplain's Team Facebook Group for more information
SPIRITUALTY AND SMALL GROUPS
The Chaplain’s Office offers or sponsors regular bible study opportunities. Please contact the chaplain’s office or the Emmaus House if you are interested in joining or starting a bible study. Also, watch for announcement of such groups at the Emmaus House or this web site. We offer regular study or discussion groups that are inclusive of all faiths. Check out the Chaplain’s Team social media for event updates.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION RETREATS
Chaplain’s Spring “Pilgrimage” Retreat
Our occasional Spring “Pilgrimage” Retreat is a more contemplative occasion. If you are feeling overwhelmed, the academic pressures are mounting, and you are drained both physically and spiritually then this is the retreat for you. We use the Christian tradition of “pilgrimage” as an organizing principle for this time away from campus. A Christian pilgrim is someone who steps out of the routine and hassles of daily life onto an intentional path that expects to encounter God’s Spirit. It is time to listen to God and quiet all the outside influences and voices. We will use prayer and significant “pilgrim time” (time for you to be alone or in small groups with Christ and His Spirit) in order to refresh our spiritual walk with Christ and recharge ourselves for the rest of the semester.
The retreat is generally during the month of April at Camp Westwind on the Oregon Coast. It includes worship, fellowship, alone time, fun, and some wonderful hiking and beach options.
Watch for announcements because space is limited.
Spiritual Discovery Trips
In an effort to foster and promote understanding and respect among religious traditions the Chaplain’s Office sponsors 2-3 trips a semester to various religious centers or houses of worship. Examples are a Trappist abbey, a synagogue, an African American worship service, a Buddhist center. Our belief is that each encounter leads to spiritual discoveries about not only the tradition we are visiting but also about our own traditions. For more information contact the Chaplain’s Office at X2259.
(often co-sponsored with campus fellowship groups like FCA, ASLC, SNL, or with campus clubs and departments)
- Unity Retreat
- Tibetan Monks
- Collins Lecture
- Frazee Lecture
- Special Worship Services
- Interfaith Dialogue Panels