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  •  Campus Minister honored by Hillel

    Sunday, Jun. 1, 1975

    From the Pillars of the Community program:

    Reverend Aimee Moiso arrived at Santa Clara University in 2008 to head the university's newly created Interfaith Ministries. From the beginning, Aimee, a Presbyterian minister, embraced Santa Clara's Jewish Student Union (JSU) with active and thoughtful support. As a private jesuit university, Santa Clara's jewish student population is not large, but Aimee's interest in people and diversity impel her to reach out.

    She provides logistical and spiritual support for annual JSU events such as the Passover seder and the Welcome Weekend Havdallah dinner. She encourages Jewish students to take part in the Interfaith Ministries Council. And she always gives JSU students a voice in Interfaith events, such as Thanksgiving and the 9/11 memorial services.

    Aimee's creativity, energy, and irresistible good nature are as important to her work as her love of intellectual exploration.
    All of this came into play when an anti-Semitic speaker was scheduled to speak on campus. She urged students and departments involved to take a deeper look. [Official university support] was rescinded.

    "Campus Ministry tries to be transparent about tough issues," says Aimee. "We want to honor free speech but not hate speech. Sometimes students are so passionate they don't understand-or care-what the consequences of their actions are. So we try to honor passion, but model how to respect each other. It's a tricky balance:'

    Aimee grew up in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of a minister. Initially, she had no interest in following in her father's footsteps. But her interest in the intersection of faith and "how we live our lives" eventually drew her to the ministry and, then, to campus life. As Aimee says, "These are the issues college students struggle with."

    As Hillel appreciates the support that Aimee and Interfaith Ministries provides, so she appreciates Hillel's support, saying "I wish every religious group had an organization that helps as much as Hillel:'

  •  The Challenge: Kate Flannery '12

    Sunday, Jun. 1, 1975

    This spirituality series will highlight Katherine Flannery '12, who will reflect on her faith journey through her college years. Wednesday, May 9 at 8 pm in the St. Francis Chapel.

  •  Misa en Español

    Sunday, Jun. 1, 1975

    Join us on Thursday, May 24 at 8 pm for this monthly mass in Spanish. All members of the university community, family, and friends are welcomed. That's just about everyone, so we hope to see you there!

  •  Lutherans and Baptists and Presbyterians, oh, my!

    Sunday, Jun. 1, 1975

    Interested in learning about different Christian denominations? Bring your lunch to Campus Ministry on Fridays at noon for presentations/conversations about Christian denominations, what they believe and how they formed. Through May 25.

  •  Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

    Sunday, Jun. 1, 1975

    The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. If this sounds interesting to you, please apply here.

  •  Blog: Freshman Kate, Meet Senior Kate

    Sunday, Jun. 1, 1975

    In the final Reaching Within blog entry of the year, Senior Kate Flannery describes her growth while at SCU through the lens of her experience on Campus Ministry's Ignatian 5-Day Retreat.

  •  Help needed: Welcome Weekend Liturgy

    Sunday, Jun. 1, 1975

    We are looking for musicians, ushers, people for the procession, and trained Eucharistic ministers for the Welcome Weekend Liturgy, which will happen on Sunday, September 16. Please fill out the linked form in order to sign up. We encourage all who are interested to let us know.

  •  Student Blessing from the Welcome Mass

    Sunday, Jun. 1, 1975

    You, every one of you, were created in the image of God. 

    Reach up and put your hands on your heart. With every beat, the life God has given you pulses through you. When you feel overwhelmed, or afraid, or just plain exhausted, remember your heart, and know that God knows you inside and out. Tears, laughter, joy and sorrow are all okay. God gave you a heart that you might truly feel.
    Close your eyes. Inside your head is a marvelous, miraculous mind. At late night study groups, amid bubbling test tubes, in noisy rehearsal halls, or while sitting with books in the warm California sun - in all the places of “aha” and “eureka”­­- remember that God made you for creativity and discovery
    Look down at your hands. Throughout your life, others have held your hands, washed them, caressed them, bandaged them. You have not come to this moment alone. God’s presence has been with you in all who helped you get to here. Now is a time to stretch your hands toward new horizons, new people, new ways to serve and care for others.
    Now look down at your feet, tied up in laces or poking out of flip-flops. God’s incredible handiwork has given you feet to remind you that life is a journey, and college is just one of the forks in the road. Though the road curves just ahead and it may be hard to see around the next corner, God will be there
    Now look around at all who are part of this gathering. These wonderful people who surround you are created in the image of God, too. Some of these folks have known you all your life. Most of these folks you don’t know, but some of them are about to be your best friends. All of them are your traveling companions. When you look into their faces, see the image of God in each one
    Gracious, life-giving God, we offer into your hands these beautiful, creative, dynamic, thoughtful students, and give this year to your care. In this moment of anticipation and emotion, give us comfort and joy in knowing you were present yesterday, you are here now, and you will be with us tomorrow and all the days to come. In the name of Jesus the Christ we pray, Amen.


  •  What Rosh Hashanah means to me

    Sunday, Jun. 1, 1975

    In our next Reaching Within blog installment, we hear from SCU Religious Studies faculty member Akiba Lerner as he reflects on what Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mean to him.

  •  Notice and Choose

    Sunday, Jun. 1, 1975

    What prevents you from experiencing the fullness of life? Julia Claire Landry, Director of Retreats, reflects on the readings for Sunday, September 30, imploring us to notice and choose.

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