Members of this team are committed. Their bond and strength are admirable. They practice peace with an understanding and respect for others. They are always growing and learning.
The Chaplain’s team is a group of student volunteers devoted to working to develop an interfaith dialogue among the various religions and cultures of Linfield College.
“Being a member of the team has shaped my experience here at Linfield because it helps me understand my faith more in the context of being on a college campus,” sophomore Kayla Lisac said.
Emmaus House is the activity and meeting center for the Chaplaincy. Located across the street from Murdock Hall, it serves as a sacred space where students of all faith traditions can engage in prayer and meditation.
Lisac said a lot of people don’t even know the Chaplains exist, let alone the services it provides and events it stages, all to the benefit of the larger campus community.
Members work rigorously to shine light on human trafficking. They often volunteer at the community food bank. And they host barbecues and other events to raise funds for organizations serving the underprivileged.
Its primary task, though, is to introduce Linfield students to a deeper understanding of different cultures, beliefs, religions and spiritual traditions.
Lisac said that gives the group a unity of purpose that gives it cohesiveness. She said it engages in annual trips each semester, like the Pilgrimage Retreat, which helps build tight bonds between them and make them feel secure in each other’s company.
Lisac loves the close-knit feel of the group. It’s comforting to her to be part of something like the Chaplains team, she said.
“It offers a lot of self-reflection and peace,” she added.
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