How to Get Involved

Our goals in Religious Life is provide a safe and welcoming environment for people of all religious traditions and to help students learn, grow and deepen their personal faith. The Chaplain’s Office provides spiritual mentoring, pastoral counseling, and vocational exploration for students, with the goal of moving students from a young person’s faith to an adult faith.

Our office develops and host a number of activities for students, and our many student groups also plan and hold faith-based events on and around campus. Here is a look at some of our office initiatives.

CHAPLAIN'S OFFICE PROGRAMS

Baccalaureate Service
Book Study
Faith-based Service and Trips
Interdenominational Christian Worship
Soul Café
Sacred Space Visits

 

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Baccalaureate Service

Each year, our office hosts the Baccalaureate, a service held the evening before Commencement. The event is held in Leffler Chapel 2011 and features student speakers from the graduating class, a senior choir directed by a senior, candle-lighting, and faculty/staff ushers selected by the Senior Class.

Book Study

Led by a Chaplain’s Office student assistant.  

Faith-based Service and Trips

Each year, the Chaplain’s Office coordinates and sponsors a service trip over the College's spring break. For the past three years, students have participated in a Civil Rights and Interfaith Service trip that engages history, community, diverse voices and empowerment for today's issues.  This trip is free of charge and students are chosen based on application.  Information about this trip will be shared on Campus News and online.  Trips in the past have included Pass Christian, Mississippi; Neon, Kentucky; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Los Angeles, California and Forth Worth, Texas. For information about past trips or future trips, contact Amy Shorner-Johnson at shornera@etown.edu.

Interdenominational Christian Worship

Join us for worship every Sunday evening from  5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Leffler Chapel Performance Room (second floor).

The mission of our weekly student-led worship is to provide an open and creative worship experience for all who are exploring a journey with Jesus, to provide comfort, guidance, and prayer support for the challenges of today and future days.The Chaplain meets with a student leadership team every week to plan Sunday evening worship. Preachers/speakers include Chaplain’s Staff, area minister, faculty and students. For more information, contact Amy Shorner-Johnson, Assistant Chaplain at shornera@etown.edu.

Soul Café

Food, friends, great music from E-town students and thoughtful questions to stir the soul. Join us for some time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Each of these monthly events has a theme and a different menu. Past Soul Cafes included Rejuvenate the Soul, where waffles with strawberry syrup and coffee was served, and Hot Topics, Hot Wings, where you can guess, chicken wings were featured.

Sacred Space Visits and Interfaith Education

The Chaplains will lead visits for students to some or most of the following places for the purpose of interfaith dialogue, learning and awareness.

  • Islamic Center of Lancaster
  • HARI (Hindu American Religious Institute) Temple, with Dr. Jeff Long, Religious Studies Department
  • Lancaster Quaker Meeting
  • Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren
  • Shaarai Shomayim Jewish Synagogue in Lancaster
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lancaster
  • Unitarian Church of Lancaster
  • Lancaster Interfaith Coalition

 

Student Employment Positions with the Chaplain's Office.  Please email Amy Shorner-Johnson for more information about these positions or see the Student Employment page.  

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