wellnesschallengeWellness Challenge:  Week Before Finals & Finals Week
December 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.


bodhidayBodhi Day Meditation and Celebration
December 8, 2014 12 p.m.                                       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!


bapssouljournSouljourn: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple
November 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 tsharma@laverne.edu


oakcreekScreening of Waking in Oak Creek

November 20th, 2014, 7:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.           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.


Layout 1Alex’s Wake: Kristallnacht Lecture

November 9, 2014, 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.


icie_souljournSouljourn: Islamic Center of Inland Valley
November 9, 2014, 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 tsharma@laverne.edu. 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.


diwalifestDiwali Ceremony

October 23, 2014, 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.


awakesouljournSouljourn: Screening of Awake: The Life of Yagananda
October 18, 2014, 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 tsharma@laverne.edu.


leopride_HIRESComing Out Vigil
October 9, 2014, 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.


image001Sukkah Build
October 8, 2014, 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).


Navratri Service PosterNavratri Celebration

October 1, 2014, 1:00 p.m.                         Interfaith Chapel                                                   
Come join the celebration of Navratri, the nine day festival honoring the Goddess Durga and her victory over ego and ignorance.


International Day of Peace PosterInternational Day of Peace Observance
September 19, 2014, 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 Peace Walk Flyer 2Interfaith Walk for Peace
September 21, 2014, 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 tsharma@laverne.edu to carpool and get your free T-Shirt!


SMLC 2014 Full Page FlyerStudent 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.


Spirit of La Verne 2014_2The Spirit of La Verne Awards
April 29, 2014, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (ceremony and reception)
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.


OCF Day of PrayerDay 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


InterfaithLeadershipInstitutesInterfaith 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.


MLK Candlelight Vigil 2014 8Martin 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 save date 2MLK 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.