wellnessfall2015Wellness 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.


peace“Isis, The Middle East, Religion and Peace”
November 23, 2015                                                                 Campus Center                                                                         
Please join us for an educational and reflective forum on the tragedies in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad.


sukkot2015Sukkah Build
September 30, 2015                                                                 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


imageSouljourn 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: marisa.stevens@laverne.edu.


image7th Annual Interfaith Peace Walk
September 20, 2015, 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!


Microsoft Word - IDOP PROGRAM.docxInternational Day of Peace
September 21, 12, 12:00 p.m. – 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.


WPP postcard 2015 webWorld Peace Pilgrimage
September 12, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 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


Layout 1Spirit of La Verne Ceremony
April 28, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 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.


givingvoiceFINALGiving Voice
April 21, 2015, 12 p.m. – 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.


pardonmyignoranceBetter Together Day: “Pardon My Ignorance”
April 10, 2015, 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, and free food for commuters!


Model Seder 2015Model Seder
April 1, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 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.


InterfaithLeadershipInstitutesInterfaith Leadership Institute
February 14 – 16, 2015                                  USC

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.


SMLC ConferenceStudent Multi-Faith Leadership Conference
January 31, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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.


gamenightInterfaith Game Night
January  28, 2015, 7:30 p.m. – 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.


righteousheroesRighteous Heroes of the Holocaust
January 27, 2015,  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..


MLK Candlelight Vigil 2014 8Martin Luther King Candlelight Vigil
January 20, 2015, 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.