Food Network: A Monthly Meal to Build Community
Tuesday, March 22, 5:00 – 6:30, La Verne Church of the Brethren
This is a free home-cooked meal made just for you by alumni of the University! There is always a vegetarian option available. Come when you can, leave when you want.
Souljourn: Jain Center of Southern California
Sunday, March 6
The next Souljourn will be a visit to Jain Center of Southern CA located in Buena Park, March 6, 10:00 a.m -1:00 p.m.. We will tour the sacred space of the Jain Center, learn about Jainism, and join the community for a traditional vegetarian lunch. Meet at the Interfaith Chapel at 9:00 a.m. to carpool., or meet us at the temple entrance at 9:45 a.m. for the tour (8072 Commonwealth Ave, Buena Park, CA 90621). We will return to campus no later than 1:30 p.m. Lunch is included.
Ash Wednesday services will be held on Feb. 10 at 12:00-12:30 p.m. and 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel. All are invited.
Film Screening: Salam Neighbor
Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:00 p.m., LaFetra
Please join us for a screening of “Salaam Neighbor” on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. in LaFetra. Sponsored by Secular Student Alliance, College Democrats, Model UN, Muslim Student Association, and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
“Different Faces, Same Fears: Islamophobia and Anti-immigrant Rhetoric”
Friday, February 19, 12 noon, LaFetra
You are invited to attend a panel discussion entitle “Different Faces, Same Fears: Islamophobia and Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric” on Friday, Feb. 19 from 12-1:30 in LaFetra Hall. The panel is being held on the anniversary of President Roosevelt’s executive order 9066, which set into motion the internment of 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry in the United States during World War II. This panel will provide an opportunity to reflect on the lessons we can learn from the past while also addressing the current anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, xenophobic climate that is targeting Muslims, Sikhs, and Latino immigrants.
MLK Day Candlelight Vigil
Tuesday, January 19, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
You are invited to attend the annual MLK Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4:30 in the Interfaith Chapel. The vigil is a time to honor and enact the vision and dream of Dr. King. It is sponsored by the Black Student Union, Brother’s Forum, Shades of Essence, Alpha Scholars, Latino Student Forum, Common Ground, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. We will begin the service in the chapel, followed by a symbolic “March on Selma” to the Peace Pole and end with a candlelight vigil. Please join us.
“My Experience in Life and Law as an American Transwoman”
Monday, January 11, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., LaFetra Hall
Recently recognized by President Obama, Nikki Araguz Loyd was the first adolescent to appear on national television to discuss being transgender. Now 40, Nikki has been advocating for HIV and transgender awareness since 1995, when she told the world on the “Sally Jesse Raphael” show about her experience being raped at 13 and infected with HIV. After the July 4, 2010, death of her firefighter husband Thomas Araguz, Nikki found herself in a multi-year legal battle all the way to the Texas Supreme Court to vindicate her marriage, finally succeeding in late 2015. In 2013, Nikki remarried, to American contemporary artist William Loyd, and their family is the subject of a digital docu-series called “Nikki’s American Dream,” focusing on the family’s activism and her life as a transparent. Nikki has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, NBC, CBS, PBS, and Inside Edition, and has been featured in numerous articles in publications around the world. She travels the country helping families heal while focusing on trans-identified people achieving the transitioned status they desire.
Wellness Challenge: Week Before Finals and Finals Week
Are you stressed out by the rush of final projects and exams? Take part in the the Wilson Library/Spiritual Life Wellness Challenge, featuring yoga, chi gong, meditation exercises, crafts, and therapy dogs! De-stress, cultivate an inner calm, and rejuvenate yourself.
Wednesday, Sept 30, Sneaky Park
Everyone is invited to help build our campus Sukkah in celebration of Sukkot. We will be building the sukkah in Sneaky Park on Wed, Sept. 30 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, followed by a Blessing of the Sukkah from 12:00 – 12:30, led by Cantor Paul Buch from Temple Beth Israel. This is an interfaith and intercultural effort! Even if you only have a few minutes, come pound a few nails, help us decorate, and learn about the holiday! See the flier below for more events related to Sukkot
Souljourn to Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple
Saturday, Sept. 19, 10:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
You are invited to the first Souljourn of the year – monthly fieldtrips to explore religious and spiritual diversity in So California. On Saturday, Sept. 19, we will be visiting the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the United States, which is located in Hacienda Heights (about 20 minutes from campus). Souljourns are sponsored by Common Ground (interfaith student group) and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Our visit to the Buddhist Temple includes a tour and lunch at their café! No cost to students. Please RSVP to Marisa Stevens if you plan to attend: email@example.com.
7th Annual Interfaith Peace Walk
Sunday, September 20, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Join the Pomona Valley community for its 7th Annual Interfaith Peace Walk. We will have a team of La Verne students participating! RSVP to Zandra Wagoner carpool and get your free T-Shirt!
International Day of Peace
Monday, Sept. 21, 12 noon – 7:30 p.m.
Campus Center Ballroom
You are invited to attend events planned in recognition of International Day of Peace. In honor of the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombings, the University of La Verne is hosting speakers, performers, atomic bomb survivors, and a poster exhibit to remember and reflect on this event. The day will begin with a 30-minute opening ceremony at 12:00 noon, which will include reflections on peace, and the creation of a Peace Mandala and Peace Cranes (these activities will continue throughout the day). The afternoon consists of a variety of artistic and educational opportunities (see below!). At 5:00 p.m. we will have another ceremony which will include the dissolution of the Peace Mandala, a blessing of the Peace Cranes to be sent to Hiroshima, and a special chant offered by local Buddhist monks to honor those whose lives were lost 70 years ago. Following the ceremony there will be an opportunity to talk with two atomic bomb survivors – a great opportunity for students. The day will conclude with the Grand Opening of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Posters Exhibit. For more details, please see the schedule of events to the right.
World Peace Pilgrimage
Sat, September 12, 8:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Since 2009 hundreds of people from many different faiths have come together annually on sacred Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains, east of Los Angeles, to send out waves of love and light to the world. This inspiring and joyous event draws together local spiritual communities to walk together, sing together, and pray together in the heart of nature – for World Peace! The Word Peace Pilgrimage is open to people of all faiths, denominations and ages. It is a non-profit, non-commercial and non-political event. We climb the mountain as one human family. Ceremonies are held at three levels to allow people of all ages and hiking ability to take part. Click here for more information
Spirit of La Verne Ceremony
Tuesday, April 28, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The Spirit of La Verne awards are a recognition of individuals and groups who exemplify the University of La Verne’s core values as demonstrated through work in the areas of civic and community engagement, diversity and inclusivity, and interfaith cooperation. We see the Spirit of La Verne Awards as a braid, weaving together the essence of these three areas and leading towards the building of a community based on peace and justice.
Tuesday, April 21, 12 – 1:00 p.m., Interfaith Chapel
Commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The remembrance featured two guest speakers: Dr. Aghop Der Kerabetian, a second-generation survivor of the Armenian Genocide and Rabbi Benjamin Lisbon, a second generation Holocaust survivor. The following video was prepared as a way to open the event: https://vimeo.com/125555801. Dr. Der Karabetian’s remarks can be found here.
Better Together Day
“Pardon My Ignorance”
April 10, 11:00 – 1:00 p.m., Sneaky Park
Come learn about various worldviews and ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask! Lunch will be served out in Sneaky Park. Music, prizes, free food for commuters!
Wednesday, 4/1, 5:00-7:00 P.M.
Presidents Dining Room
This is the University’s annual on-campus model Seder, a Jewish feast focused on themes of liberation and justice. It will be led by our local Cantor, Paul Buch, from Temple Beth Israel. Cantor Buch always does a lively Seder and will provide explanations throughout the event. Includes dinner. RSVP required.
A team of University of La Verne students will be trained as Interfaith Leaders and be equipped to continue La Verne’s commitment to interfaith cooperation on campus.
The upcoming Student Multi-faith Leadership Conference will be held at Occidental College this year. The SMLC is always a fantastic experience. The theme this year is “Exploring Vocation, Spirituality and Social Justice across Religious and Spiritual Traditions.” Please register by clicking on this link.
Interfaith Game Night
Wed, Jan. 28, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Interfaith Chapel Downstairs
Come learn from your peers and join a game that will get you talking about what you do (or don’t) believe! Snacks and drinks provided! Sponsored by Common Ground.
Righteous Heroes of the Holocaust
Jan. 27, 7:00 p.m., Campus Center A
You are invited to attend the following lecture on the lessons we can learn from the “Righteous Heroes of the Holocaust.” This lecture, featuring author Marty Brounstein, will be held in the Campus Center Ballroom on Tues, Jan. 27 at 7:00 p.m..
Martin Luther King Candlelight Vigil
January 20, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m, Interfaith Chapel
Please join us for a community-wide Candlelight Vigil in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day. The event will begin in the Interfaith Chapel and will conclude with a march to and candlelight vigil around the Peace Pole in front of the Campus Center. Reception following. Please join us for a time to reflect on Dr. King’s dream of sustainable and equitable futures.
Wellness Challenge: Week Before Finals & Finals Week
Dec. 2-9, 2014
Are you stressed out by the rush of final projects and exams? Take part in the the Wilson Library/Spiritual Life Wellness Challenge, featuring yoga, chi gong, meditation exercises, and therapy dogs! De-stress, cultivate an inner calm, and rejuvenate yourself. Participate in four of the six challenge events and you’ll receive a $10 STARBUCKS COFFEE or TARGET gift card! For more information, click on flyer to the left.
Bodhi Day Meditation and Celebration
Dec. 8, 12 pm, Campus Center BCD
Ease into Finals Week and commemorate the traditional day on which Siddartha Gautama experienced enlightenment by gathering for a Loving-Kindness Meditation to foster mettā – goodwill, friendship, and compassion. This will be followed by hot tea and cakes, and other sweets in celebration of this holiday!
Souljourn: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple
Nov. 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The next Souljourn will be a visit to the Hindu temple in Chino Hills, CA. Tour the sacred building, eat a traditional Indian lunch, and learn a particular form of Hinduism. Meet at the Campus Center at 10:00 a.m. to carpool., or meet us at the temple entrance at 10:45 a.m. for the tour. We will return to campus no later than 2:00 p.m. Lunch is included. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Screening of Waking in Oak Creek
Thursday, November 20th, 7:00pm – 9:15pm, Morgan Auditorium, Fasnacht Court
Watch a documentary screening and discuss how the Sikh community, rocked by a hate crime during their congregational services on an August morning, is awakened and transformed through a spirit of relentless optimism to educate communities and make a difference. Following the screening, we will hold a community discussion on how the University of La Verne and the surrounding communities can work to appreciate its diversity and address the hate and ignorance that exists in our society. The event will come to a close as we set up a candlelight vigil and reception honoring those who have passed away from hate crimes in the past few years. Please join us for this important conversation.
Alex’s Wake: Kristallnacht Lecture
Sunday, Nov. 9, 4:00 p.m, Campus Center A
Please join us for our 4th Annual Kristallnacht Lecture. This year’s Kristallnacht guest lecturer is Martin Goldsmith, author of Alex’s Wake. In remembrance of Kristallnacht, “the Night of Broken Glass,” the University is honored to host a guest author each year who furthers our understanding of the Jewish experience of the Holocaust.
Souljourn: Islamic Center of Inland Valley
Sunday, Nov. 9, 10:00 a.m.
Come join our next Souljourn! This Sunday, Nov. 9, we’ll be visiting the Islamic Center of the Inland Valley (in Rancho Cucamonga). We will learn more about the Muslim community in our area, tour the facility, and observe daily prayers. Meet at the Campus Center at 10:00 a.m. to carpool. If you plan to attend, please rsvp to Tahil Sharma at email@example.com. Souljourn’s are monthly excursions to explore the religious diversity of Southern Ca, sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Common Ground.
October 23, 7:00 p.m., Interfaith Chapel
You are invited to participate in La Verne’s Diwali Celebration in the Interfaith Chapel! Diwali is the Hindu, Jain and Sikh festival of lights held in the fall and signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.
Souljourn: Screening of Awake: The Life of Yagananda
Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11:00 a.m.
We will go to the Laemmle Theatre in Claremont to view a documentary called Awake: The Life of Yogananda. The film screening is FREE for all La Verne students! The documentary is about the influential Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920’s. Come join us to learn about Hinduism and the practice of yoga here in the US. Following the film, we will go have drinks/snacks and talk about the movie. Just bring a little cash to buy your own drink/snack! You must rsvp so that we know how many tickets to purchase. Please rsvp to Tahil Sharma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming Out Vigil
Thurs, Oct. 9, 5:00 p.m., Interfaith Chapel
You are invited to attend our all-campus Coming Out Vigil. We are holding this special ceremony in in honor of LGBT History Month (October) and National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11). This is a time to celebrate the courage of coming out and to reflect on the kind of community we want here at La Verne. The Vigil will be followed by a reception at the West Galley (Campus Center) for a new art exhibit: The Child and the Archive: Locating a Queer Past to Establish a Queer Present.
October 8, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Sneaky Park
Everyone is invited to help build our campus Sukkah in celebration of Sukkot. We will be building the sukkah in Sneaky Park on Wed, Oct. 8 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, followed by a Blessing of the Sukkah from 12:00 – 12:30, led by Cantor Paul Buch from Temple Beth Israel. This is an interfaith and intercultural effort! Even if you only have a few minutes, come pound a few nails, help us decorate, and learn about the holiday! See the flier below for more events related to Sukkot (staff and faculty are invited to the events on Oct. 8 and 15).
International Day of Peace Observance
Friday, Sept. 19, 12:05 p.m, Campus Center A
Please join us for our Peace Day observance tomorrow in recognition of International Day of Peace, a day sponsored by the United Nations. This year’s theme is “The Right of People’s to Peace.” Our University observance will include reflections on peace by students, faculty, and staff, followed by a moment to build a peace mandala on the floor of the campus center (a visual representation of peace).
Interfaith Walk for Peace
Sunday, Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m.
Join Common Ground, La Verne’s interfaith student organization, for the Sixth Annual Interfaith Peace Walk. RSVP to Tahil Sharma at email@example.com to carpool and get your free T-Shirt!
Student Multifaith Leadership Conference
April 12, 2014, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., University of La Verne
Come join us for this year’s SMLC, hosted by the University of La Verne! This day-long, regional conference is designed to give students the tools you need to become a strong interfaith leader! For more information and registration, click here.
The Spirit of La Verne Awards
April 29, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (ceremony and reception)
Location: La Verne Church of the Brethren
The Spirit of La Verne awards are a recognition of individuals and groups who exemplify the University of La Verne’s core values as demonstrated through work in the areas of civic and community engagement, diversity and inclusivity, and interfaith cooperation. We see the Spirit of La Verne Awards as a braid, weaving together the essence of these three areas and leading towards the building of a community based on peace and justice. For more information, please click here.
Day of Prayer
March 3, 2014
In honor of the beginning of Great Lent/Pure Monday, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship is sponsoring a Day of Prayer. They will be receiving prayer requests all morning in the University Mall, near the Interfaith Chapel, followed by a pray service for everyone.
Prayer Requests: 9 am -3 pm, requests received, University Mall
Prayer Service: 3:15 – 3:50 pm, Interfaith Chapel
Interfaith Leadership Institute
February 15-17, 2014, USC
Interfaith Leadership Institutes (ILI’s), organized by Interfaith Youth Core, equip undergraduate students, staff, and faculty with the skills to engage diverse religious and non-religious identities to build the interfaith movement on their campuses. La Verne is sending a delegation of 9 students and 2 staff this year! To be considered for a future ILI delegation, please contact the University Chaplain, Zandra Wagoner
Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil
January 21, 2014, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Interfaith Chapel
Please join us for an interfaith and intercultural service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of hope, peace, dignity, and justice. The service will include music, readings, poetry, prayers, and reflections, and will conclude with a candlelight vigil.
MLK Day of Service
January 20, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Office of Civic and Community Engagement and The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the MLK Day of Service! Please take this opportunity to register to serve in agencies throughout our community! Kick-off & Closing activities at Sneaky Park.