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RELIGIOUS LIFE NEWSLETTER



NEWSLETTER NO. 4 -  September 14, 2020

This Week...
In this week's newsletter we are celebrating the New Year with our Jewish subscribers and sharing the Chaplains Statement on Racial Justice. Check out exciting upcoming events and great student organizations to join!

Happy New Year!
For those celebrating Rosh Hashanah, we wish you a happy and sweet new year! See further in the newsletter for great High Holy Day events and services!

Chaplains Statement on Racial Justice
We learn from Abrahamic tradition that all humanity was created from a single person for the sake of peace, that no one will say to another “my father is greater than your father”. All world religions share this pursuit of peace and implore us toward harmony and social justice. Yet this fundamental truth has been forgotten and abused both historically and in our own day as we witness injustices occurring right in front of our eyes. We must confront these injustices from within our religious communities and across the entire nation in order to generate effective change in our society.

We stand strong firmly against the police brutality and racism against our community of African descent. We must accept responsibility and recognize the repercussions of perpetual systemic injustice and slavery. It is paramount that all people regardless of race, creed, religion, belief, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, origin, ethnicity, and economic status, should be united to convey, “Enough is Enough”.

As leaders of spirituality and religion, we make an additional call to all people of faith to pray not just with your hearts, minds, and soul, but with your hands and feet and work proactively toward ending racism.

The Chaplains commit to face these injustices in our professional development, programming, counseling, and within our office. There is much work to be done. We hope you will stay engaged with us as we face these challenges together.
 
- The Chaplains of the Claremont Colleges

Upcoming Events


Monday Sept. 14
Hanging with the 
Chaplains

11:00AM-12:00PM PT
Wednesday Sept. 16
Zen Meditation - Morning Meditation

8:00-9:15AM PT
Thursday Sept. 17
Hanging with the 
Chaplains

3:00-4:00PM PT
Thursday Sept. 17
First, Love - Does God Care about Social Justice?
5:00-6:00PM PT
Thursday Sept. 17
Chabad High Holidays Discussion & Reflection
5:00-5:45PM PT
Thursday Sept. 17
Virtual Halaqah
5:30-6:30PM PT
Friday Sept. 18
Rosh Hashanah Evening Seder

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Rosh Hashanah Dinner/Hangout
6:00PM-6:30PM PT
Friday Sept. 18
Claremont Christian Fellowship - Friday Fellowship
6:00-7:00PM PT
Friday Sept. 18
5CIV Christian Fellowship - Community Night Fellowship
7:00-8:30PM PT
Saturday Sept. 19
Claremont Christian Fellowship - Workout with Matt
1:00-2:30PM PT
Saturday Sept. 19
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

10 AM – 11:15AM
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The Claremont Colleges Library.
The Library's Anti-racism & Black Lives Matter Resources
The Claremont Colleges Library has initiated a collection of resources to educate the community on issues surrounding racism and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Anti-racism & Black Lives Matter Resources
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Events & Programs

Image of an apple for Rosh Hashanah care packages.
Shana Tova Care Package!
Fill out this form by Monday evening 9/14 10:00pm PT to get your Shana Tova Gift Package! 

Sign up Here
Flyer. First, Love presents Does God Care about Social Justice?
First, Love - Does God Care About Social Justice?
Thursday Sept. 17 5:00PM PT

The world is clearly unjust, but does God even care? Why do Christians seem to be responsible for many injustices? Join first, love at the Claremont Colleges for a virtual webinar featuring Ken Wystma, the author of Pursuing Justice, followed by a panel discussion with three additional Christian leaders in diverse areas of the social justice space. There will be an open Q&A session and time to mingle and continue conversations following. Be one of the first 100 student attendees, and receive a first, love vacuum insulated water bottle and a care package to hand out to someone in need!

More Info Here
Speaker & Panalists
MCAPS Open House Week!
Open House Week
Monsour Counseling & Psychological Services
September 14-18 12:00-1:00PM


Join us via Zoom to meet our staff and learn about MCAPS services! We look forward to meeting you and sharing more information! All attendees will be entered for a chance to win a $50 Grub Hub gift card! 


See Schedule Here
Zoom Link Here
Image of students smiling and looking at computer.
Virtual Halaqah
Thursdays 5:30PM PT

Drop into our weekly Zoom Halaqah. Hang out, play games, watch movies, and discuss Islamic topics.

Email for Links
 




CCF Fellowship & Small Group
Claremont Christian Fellowship invites everyone to our Friday Fellowship meeting on Friday at 6pm PDT on YouTube Live.

CCF is also hosting small groups throughout the week for building community and studying the Bible. We have groups for CMC, HMC/Pitzer, Pomona first years/sophomores, Pomona juniors/seniors, and Scripps.
Sign up Here
Community Night Fellowship Flyer highlighting speaker Latreace Cox of OBSA.

Community Night Fellowship

5CIV Christian Fellowship invites you to our Community Night Fellowship, Fridays 7-8:30PM PT.
Join Zoom Event Here

Small Group Bible Studies
Join us at one of the 6 different small group bible studies to connect and build new friendships as we study who Jesus is and how we can experience flourishing communities. Groups meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays evenings.
Email 5CIV for Small Group
More Info Here

Rosh Hashanah Events


Chabad High Holidays Discussion & Reflection
Thursday Sept. 17 5:00-5:45pm PT
We will be discussing the High Holidays: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Come for an evening of introspection as Rabbi Yossi leads our discussion -- this is a space for us to share our thoughts as we reflect on the meaning of the High Holidays.

5C Chabad is a community made up of people of all levels of observances, from secular to Orthodox, Jewish or not. All are welcome.
Register to receive Zoom link Here
Contact Rabbi Yossi Here
Rosh Hashanah. Image of apples and honey.
Hillel High Holy Days
High Holy Day Services will be led by Rabbi Danny Shapiro and Cantor Sarah Fortman Zerbib-Berda on Zoom. Services are egalitarian and provide opportunities for participation, contemplation, and spiritual reflection. We also have opportunities to connect with others during bring your own holiday meals/hangouts. We would love to have you join us in creating community on these special days.

Friday, September 18th
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Rosh Hashanah Evening Seder – Join us for a short service with a few prayers, reflections, and the blessings before the meal.

6:00 PM – Rosh Hashanah Dinner – Bring your own meal to our Zoom communal dinner, or sign off if you choose to continue the festive meal with your household.

Saturday, September 19th
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Morning Service

Chaplains Office Programs

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Drop in to the Chaplains virtual office hours! Every week on Mondays 11am-12pm and Thursdays 3-4pm. Chat with the chaplains and meet fellow students. These meetings are open to all students of The Claremont Colleges. We hope to see you there!
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!
Virtual Jummah ad with a photo of Chaplain Adeel smiling.
Virtual Jummah
Fridays 

Tune in Fridays for Imam Adeel’s weekly Jummah Reflection. The reflections touch on wellness, health, and spirituality. This is an Islamic based reflection, but can resonate with all viewers. The reflection videos are posted Fridays. Past reflections are available to view anytime on the Chaplains Facebook page. 
Watch Jummah Reflections Here

Religious/Spiritual Student Organizations

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Meet awesome student organizations!
This week we are highlighting Black Campus Ministries, Nishmat, and 5C Mindfulness!

Learn more and get in contact with these groups here!
Black Campus Ministries (BCM)
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.
Nishmat
Nishmat at the Claremont Colleges is a student-run, student-oriented Jewish community reclaiming ritual and collectivity in the name of joy, consciousness, and liberation. Through active dialogue with our tradition, we enhance our relationship with ourselves, our practice, and our communities. We see the unique power of young Jews in standing at the forefront of emerging Jewish practices. We create space in which Jews of all backgrounds can feel complete and needed in all their identities and beliefs. We ground ourselves in a Judaism of circumstance; we see Jewish history and Jewish traditions as constantly changing and in dialogue with the needs and desires of the current community, while still rooted in the ancient memory passed down to us. We believe in an active Judaism, not a reactionary one.
5C Mindfulness
Mindfulness meditation is known improve happiness, kindness, and peacefulness. The 5C Mindfulness Group therefore aims to help students with the practice of meditation and make it easier for students to carry it out consistently and effectively. We accomplish this primarily by providing daily meditation sessions. We also intend to lead retreats that involve visiting monasteries and enjoying the wilderness. Finally, we plan to host alcohol-free social events that involve mindfulness to build community and give students an alternative to drinking. These events will include guest speakers, home cooked dinners, performances, live music, and much more.
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
Black Campus Ministries
Claremont Christian Fellowship
Claremont Colleges Buddhism
Claremont Challah
The Claremont Ekklesia
Catholic Student Organization
Chabad
Christian House of Prayer
Critique
First, love
Global Medical Missions Alliance
Hearhere
Hillel 
Hindu Society
Latter-Day Saints Student Association
Muslim Student Association
Nishmat
Scripps Challah for a Cause
Scripps Kehillah
Secular Student Alliance
SGI Buddhists
Sikh Student Association
Trinitea & Coffee
Zen Meditation
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