NEWSLETTER NO. 4 -  February 15, 2021

Chaplains Office Announcement

This Week...
This week we celebrate the Catholic holiday Ash Wednesday! Join us as we kick off the Lenten Season with a short Ash Wednesday Zoom event hosted by Chaplain Father Joe Fenton.

Father Joe is also hosting this weeks Chaplains office hour. If you have questions about Lent, Catholicism, or just want to meet Father Joe, drop in on Thursday!

Weekly Halaqahs are back with fun activities and fantastic guest speakers. Check out the list of February Halaqahs themed Claremont Muslim Life Celebrates Black History Month. 

Hillel's Shabbat service will be on Friday night, as it is every week. 

The religious student organizations have exciting events this week as well! Check out 5CIV Christian Fellowships small group bible studies. 5CIV is also hosting "How to Discuss Hard Topics with those who Disagree" on Friday. Join Claremont Christian Fellowship for Friday Fellowship service on Facebook live. CCF provides this service every Friday night of the semester!

Continue down the newsletter for event details and links!

Coming Up...
The Jewish holiday Purim is coming up! Get prepared for costumes, festivities, and care packages!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday Feb. 17
Ash Wednesday Zoom
11:00-11:30AM PT

Thursday Feb. 18
Hanging with the 

2:00-3:00PM PT

Thursday Feb. 18
6:00-7:00PM PT

Friday Feb. 19
Hillel California Shabbat
5:30 PM–6:30 PM PT

Friday Feb. 19
Claremont Christian Fellowship Friday Fellowship
6:00 PM–7:00 PM PT

Friday Feb. 19
5CIV Christian Fellowship - "How to Discuss Hard Topics with those who Disagree"
6:00 PM–7:00 PM PT

What is Ash Wednesday & Lent?
Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and reflecting on our life as followers of Jesus Christ.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.
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Upcoming Events & Services

Father Joe is Hosting Office Hours!
Thursday February 18, 2-3PM PT
This week Chaplain Father Joe is hosting the Chaplains office hour. If you have questions about lent, Catholicism, or just want to meet Father Joe, drop in on Thursday!
Ash Wednesday Zoom
Wednesday Feb. 17, 11:00-11:30AM PST

Celebrate Ash Wednesday at The Claremont Colleges with Chaplain Father Joe Fenton. Join our Ash Wednesday Zoom event to explore the meaning of Lent and it's importance. 

Zoom Link Here
How Black Muslims Have Impacted History
Dr. Nisa Muhammad
Thursday Feb. 18 at 6PM PST

Join Halaqah this week with guest speaker Dr. Nisa Muhammad. Dr. Muhammad is the Associate Dean of Religious Life at Howard University. Join in to hear Dr. Muhammad speak on How Black Muslims Have Impacted History. 

Request Zoom Link Here
Hillel Passover Box
Sign up by March 12th to receive your Passover Box!
If you received a Hanukkah box, your Passover Box will automatically be sent. Email Rabbi Danny or fill out the form again if your address has changed. Reserve your box today!

Sign-Up Here
Hillel California Shabbat
Friday February 19, 5:30-6:30PM PT
Join together with students from all over California for the first ever California Hillel wide Shabbat! Our virtual Shabbat experience will include prayer, fun activities to enable you to connect with one another and even an “oneg” Shabbat at the end. We hope to see you there!

Register Here
5CIV Christian Fellowship - "How to Discuss Hard Topics With Those Who Disagree"
Friday February 19, 6:00PM PST 
Join CMC Prof Ken Miller as he shares with us communication skills with hard topics such as politics and religion with those who disagree.

Zoom Link Here
Claremont Christian Fellowship Friday Fellowship
Friday February 19, 6:00-7:00PM PT
Friday Fellowship is Claremont Christian Fellowship's weekly livestream of reflection, teaching, and worship.

Fellowship Info Here

Small Group Bible Studies

5CIV Christian Fellowship Small Group Bible Study
5CIV Christian Fellowship Small Group
Book of Hebrew

A small group for the book of Hebrews. This group meets on Tuesdays at 6:30PM PST.

Request to Join Bible Study Group Here
5CIV Christian Fellowship Small Group
Spirituality & Mental Health

All are welcome as we look to scripture to learn how to deal with stress, anxiety and mental health. This group meets every Wednesday at 5:30PM PST.

Request to Join Bible Study Group Here
5CIV Christian Fellowship Small Group
Stories of Old Testament Heroes

We will spend the semester in scripture studying the different, faithful people of the Old Testament in the Bible. This group meet every Wednesday at 7PM PST

Request to Join Bible Study Group Here
5CIV Christian Fellowship Small Group
Healing Stories of Jesus

All are welcome us as we look at the many stories of Jesus healing people. This group meets every Thursday at 7:30PM PST.

Request to Join Bible Study Group Here

Chaplains Office Programs

Claremont Muslim Life Celebrates Black History Month
February Halaqahs - Thursdays 6:00-7:00PM PT

Dr. Nisa Muhammad Feb. 18
Associate Dean of Religious Life, Howard University
Topic: How Black Muslims Have Impacted History

Shaykh Gyasi Mckenzie Feb. 25
Islamic Scholar and Associate Manager at Helping Hand
Topic: The State of the Ummah

Learn More Here
Request Links Here
Hanging with the Chaplains – Final Office Hours of the Fall Semester 
Thursdays 2PM-3PM PT
Join us for our Office Hours! A Chaplain will be available to chat, answer questions, and support you. There are no time requirements, stop in for a few minutes or the full hour. See you there! 
The Chaplains will alternate hosting the zoom room. The host will be announced each week in our newsletter and social media platforms. 
Zoom Link Here
Student talking to counselor.
Sometimes you just need someone to talk to. The Chaplains are happy to meet and support you. Our services are safe spaces regardless of faith or level of faith knowledge, we do not recruit or pressure. Click the image above to schedule a meeting today!

Religious/Spiritual Student Organizations

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Meet awesome student organizations!
Each week we highlight two religious student organizations. Joining a group or attending their events is a great way to connect with fellow students and find a supportive community on campus. 
Learn more and get in contact with these groups here!

Black Campus Ministries

BCM exists to provide students of African descent at the Claremont Colleges a community in which they can develop valuable, spiritual relationships with fellow Christ seekers, followers and inquirers through humble, open, and transparent discussion about the Bible, Christian principles (as taught in the bible) and individual journeys to and through faith.

Claremont Colleges Buddhism

Claremont Colleges Buddhism is a non-sectarian student organization aiming to introduce students to a wide range of Buddhist teachers and schools. We hope to promote a better understanding of Buddhism across the Claremont Colleges through discussions, panels, field trips, guest speakers, and innovative media. You do not need to be Buddhist to join this organization. We welcome all!

Religious/ Spiritual Student Organizations
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There are more amazing student groups at the Claremont Colleges! Each week we will highlight a handful of student organizations!

Can't wait?
Please see the full 5C list of student organizations here.
5C Mindfulness
5CIV Christian Fellowship
Black Campus Ministries
Claremont Christian Fellowship
Claremont Colleges Buddhism
Claremont Challah
The Claremont Ekklesia
Catholic Student Organization
Christian House of Prayer
First, love
Global Medical Missions Alliance
Hindu Society
Latter-Day Saints Student Association
Muslim Student Association
Scripps Challah for a Cause
Scripps Kehillah
Secular Student Alliance
SGI Buddhists
Sikh Student Association
Trinitea & Coffee
Zen Meditation
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