Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice

Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice Mission: "To connect the pursuit of the common good with growth of the whole person, through compassionate action and courageous reflection."
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The programs of Hamline University's Wesley Center bring together Civic Engagement and Service Learning, the Hamline to Hamline Collaboration, the McVay Youth Partnership, and Religious and Spiritual Life. We work to help students find their voice. Through service and leadership, discussion and reflection we challenge students to find their vocation and determine what path is best for them. There are opportunities to work in the community, with students of all ages across the Twin Cities and members of many religious traditions.

Mission: "To connect the pursuit of the common good with growth of the whole person, through compassionate action and courageous reflection."

Operating as usual

Wednesday--tonight!--Emily Hilderbrand will be kicking off this new series with Love Boldly, so timely!
09/30/2020

Wednesday--tonight!--Emily Hilderbrand will be kicking off this new series with Love Boldly, so timely!

One Year HAPPY Anniversary for Hamline's Food Resource Center!  There are so many to share gratitude with, and so many w...
09/28/2020

One Year HAPPY Anniversary for Hamline's Food Resource Center! There are so many to share gratitude with, and so many we have been happy to collaborate with in developing this resource--and community--on campus. For our celebration--thanks to social justice intern MJ Luna for tabling and to VISTA worker Sophia Brown, who is inaugurating the new freezer full of tortillas. On to year #2! For more info: https://www.hamline.edu/offices/wesley/service/campus-food-access/

Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice's cover photo
09/25/2020

Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice's cover photo

Jewish Student Life leader, Greg Breitweiser sends a message: "I want to wish you all a safe and meaningful Yom Kippur. ...
09/25/2020

Jewish Student Life leader, Greg Breitweiser sends a message: "I want to wish you all a safe and meaningful Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur will be starting at sundown on Sunday and lasts for 25 hours, and many Jewish people will fast during this time. For those who would like to learn more here is a link that explains the importance of the holiday: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/177886/jewish/What-Is-Yom-Kippur.htm
For anyone who would like to have a community during Yom Kippur, Mount Zion is hosting online events for you to stream: https://mzion.org/pray/holy-days/high-holy-days/#toggle-id-3
I also want to let you all know that we will be having events during Sukkot, and we are hoping that we will be able to have them outside and distanced. I will send you more information as we draw closer to the date. Wishing you all the best!" Greg

Hamline VOTES!
09/24/2020

Hamline VOTES!

Catching up with McVay student leaders who are organizing McVay t-shirts and certificates for participants last year.  A...
09/23/2020

Catching up with McVay student leaders who are organizing McVay t-shirts and certificates for participants last year. Alexis Griffin is a Fellow at the Liberty site, and Emily Lyfoung is the Senior Fellow at the Washington site. Thanks for all your care for the children and youth in McVay!

Hamline Votes student worker Nick Cobian participated in the online webinar along with staff from League of Women Voters...
09/22/2020

Hamline Votes student worker Nick Cobian participated in the online webinar along with staff from League of Women Voters, Secretary of State Steve Simon, St. Paul Council Member Mitra Jalali (Ward 4--our Hamline U area) and others, facilitated by Hamline communications staff member Christine Weeks. And then there's Nur's photo--with his from-home ballot ready to mail. For more about Hamline Votes, see the Hamline website!

The Politics of Jesus? A timely topic! Emily Hilderbrand with Love Boldly is inviting Hamline students to join in the ne...
09/21/2020

The Politics of Jesus? A timely topic! Emily Hilderbrand with Love Boldly is inviting Hamline students to join in the new Bible study starting on Wednesday, Sept. 30th. See the poster for RSVP!

HAMLINE VOTES!  IT STARTS TODAY!  Nur Mood, coordinator of the 90/20 Hamline Votes Campaign, just put on the finishing t...
09/18/2020
Hamline Votes | Signature Programs | Wesley Center | Hamline University

HAMLINE VOTES! IT STARTS TODAY! Nur Mood, coordinator of the 90/20 Hamline Votes Campaign, just put on the finishing touches of this website to share today, so that we can all be preparing to vote this fall--check out this 'hub' of information on the Hamline Votes webpage--for registration and absentee ballot info, polling places, and other opportunities. LINKS to Hennepin County and Ramsey County early in person voting info below in comments too!

To remain engaged in civics and government, Civic Engagement and Community Service provides resources for students about where they can vote, voting times and the process of voter registration Visit this page to learn more about voting locations in the area, as well as eligibility requirements and a...

Shanah Tovah! From Jewish Student Life leader, Greg Breitweiser and Rabbi Adler---Rosh Hashanah begins on FRIDAY Septemb...
09/17/2020

Shanah Tovah! From Jewish Student Life leader, Greg Breitweiser and Rabbi Adler---Rosh Hashanah begins on FRIDAY September 18th. We at Hamline want to wish everyone Shanah Tovah! Even though many of us will need to celebrate socially distanced, we want all of you to remember that you have a community that cares about you and wants you to prosper during the coming year. Let's make the effort to stay connected throughout the year!
Mount Zion is offering services that may be of interest to some of you. This link has information about the services that will be offered:https://mzion.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Full-HHD-Bulletin-and-Schedule.pdf

For those of you reading that do not know what Rosh Hashanah is, it's the beginning of the New Year on the Hebrew calendar. It is part of the High Holy Days, including Yom Kippur, which falls on the 27th this year. You can read about these holidays here: https://pjcc.org/jewish-life/jewish-holidays-explained/rosh-hashanah-yom-kippur/

Nur Mood, the Assistant Director of Social Justice Initiatives and Strategic Relations/MENA Region, shares the third in ...
09/16/2020

Nur Mood, the Assistant Director of Social Justice Initiatives and Strategic Relations/MENA Region, shares the third in our Wesley Center series "Caring for Our Community", during these COVID times: "The following emphasize that every Muslim believer is to take care of their neighbor and warn us against harming or upsetting our neighbors."
1) The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Mohamed, peace, and blessings be upon him), said: "When you make soup, then add extra water to it and take it to the people of the neighboring house and give them some of it courteously." (Source: Sahih Muslim 2625)
2) The Prophet Mohamed (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "He who spends the night satiated while knowing that his next-door neighbor is hungry does not truly believe in me."
3) "Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him. Be good to parents and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away." (Quran: 4:36)

Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice's cover photo
09/15/2020

Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice's cover photo

HAMLINE VOTES!  Nur Mood and Nick Cobian want you to  register to vote--with the Hamline 90/20 Campaign, aiming for 90% ...
09/15/2020

HAMLINE VOTES! Nur Mood and Nick Cobian want you to register to vote--with the Hamline 90/20 Campaign, aiming for 90% of Hamline students voting in the 2020 elections.
Join Monday Sept 21st, 5pm for the Hamline Votes Online Event: Hear from the League of Women Voters, Hamline Votes representative Nick Cobian, special guests AND play online election trivia with Councilmember Mitra Jilali (prizes will be awarded). RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfmJpjS0W6Ykh9bZ9N5FE2c5YQaWNkfiyygcrJAPfv_NhdOg/viewform

09/14/2020
Love Boldly

Here's Emily Hilderbrand's update about Love Boldly this year at Hamline University--follow LB's facebook too!

A quick update on Love Boldly this year!

You are invited this Thursday the 17th to sign the Hamline Love Boldly's "Reconciling University Welcoming Statement"--s...
09/14/2020

You are invited this Thursday the 17th to sign the Hamline Love Boldly's "Reconciling University Welcoming Statement"--see poster, and thanks Emily Hilderbrand--we will also post your video explaining what being a United Methodist-related Reconciling University means!

Part II  "Caring for our Community," from Chaplain Nancy:       To gain inspiration for our Piper community's response t...
09/11/2020
Coronavirus In Ohio: Religious Houses Welcome Back Worshippers

Part II "Caring for our Community," from Chaplain Nancy:
To gain inspiration for our Piper community's response to COVID, we can continue reflecting on our commitment to "love your neighbor as yourself". In her post yesterday, Rabbi Esther Adler offered this core Jewish teaching as expressed in Leviticus 19:18. From a Christian perspective, the ethic can be understood as central to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, remembered in the New Testament gospels--Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:39, and Luke 10:27.
John Wesley, the catalyst of the Methodist social justice movement in England, and the religious reformer the Wesley Center is named after, summed up how to live in a way that echoes the ethic of neighbor-love: 1) Do no harm, 2) Do all the good, and 3) stay in love with God. Sure, wearing a mask can be awkward, and social distancing hard to remember, but if we love one another, let's reduce the harm, and commit ourselves to love. Maybe learning to love-in-community will be the hardest, but most important thing we can learn during COVID times.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about major changes in how people exercise religion and express faith.

First in our Wesley series "Caring for our Community". Rabbi Esther Adler shares her message, and a photo of the beautif...
09/10/2020

First in our Wesley series "Caring for our Community". Rabbi Esther Adler shares her message, and a photo of the beautiful mosaic created at Mt. Zion Temple:
Dear Friends, The Hebrew in this mosaic says "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Leviticus 19:18). Of course we all know this famous verse; now more than ever, we need to take it to heart. The great first century sage Hillel expanded upon it:
"If I am not for myself, who will be for me,
If I am only for myself, what am I,
And if not now, when?" (Pirkei Avot 1:14)
Now is the time for us to care for ourselves and for one another. It is both a mandate and an opportunity to make the Hamline community stronger by making it safer. The important thing to remember is that wearing a mask keeps others safe, and if we can keep others safe, we will be safer too. We are beginning a new year - both academic and Jewish - may it be a good year for us all, because we are caring for one another.

09/09/2020
Church Pizza Oven Feeds Community

FREE DONUTS from the oven--this Sunday, 11am to 12:30pm! Across the street from Manor Hall is the Hamline Church Community Oven, which Hamline Pipers helped to build several years ago. The video was made (pre-COVID) to express the hospitality, welcome and community values of the congregation. You can also check out the Sunday worship service online, 10am, from the Hamline Church United Methodist facebook. (In the video you can meet Pastor Mariah Furness Tollgaard and one of our Hamline U alums, now the Rev. Maggie Nancarrow. Also, Chaplain Nancy is baking pizza at 1:20!)

http://www.umc.org/videos. Everyone loves fresh baked bread. A St. Paul-Minneapolis area church installed an outdoor pizza and bread oven to invite the neigh...

A week ago, four McVay Fellows from our Grace programming site met at the apartment complexes where many of our youth li...
09/08/2020

A week ago, four McVay Fellows from our Grace programming site met at the apartment complexes where many of our youth live. They brought the 2019-2020 McVay t-shirts to distribute. They also shared snacks with the youth and caught up a bit, wearing masks and being outside. We miss our McVay youth! Hoping to connect more online this fall.
The awesome McVay Fellows pictured: Drew Carman, Christian Samson, Jordan Toth and Lay Wah.

We are so proud of Hamline's Love Boldly student leader, Emily Hilderbrand, who was received the Jeanne Audrey Powers Ec...
09/04/2020

We are so proud of Hamline's Love Boldly student leader, Emily Hilderbrand, who was received the Jeanne Audrey Powers Ecumenical Award for her leadership with Hamline becoming a Reconciling University last spring. Emily was awarded in the recent zoom meeting of the Annual Conference of the MN United Methodist Church, by alum and former chair of our Hamline Board of Trustees, Rev. Cindy Gregorson. Emily also served as an intern this past summer in the Emerging Leadership Internship project (ELI). We are celebrating along with Emily in this award!

So good to be back together, and welcoming VISTA worker Sophia Brown to our Wesley Center staff meeting--with Rabbi Esth...
09/01/2020

So good to be back together, and welcoming VISTA worker Sophia Brown to our Wesley Center staff meeting--with Rabbi Esther Adler, Nur Mood, Jane Krentz, and Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud.

Welcome to the Wesley Center from Chaplain Nancy on this first day of classes.  Thanks to Dean Patti Klein for this Pipe...
08/31/2020

Welcome to the Wesley Center from Chaplain Nancy on this first day of classes. Thanks to Dean Patti Klein for this Piper mask! We can do this, stay safe and protect our community!

What’s in your backpack...healthy food!
08/27/2020

What’s in your backpack...healthy food!

We are looking forward to seeing you—safely!—on campus from Hedgeman Center and Wesley Center staff—Carlos Sneed, Nur Mo...
08/24/2020

We are looking forward to seeing you—safely!—on campus from Hedgeman Center and Wesley Center staff—Carlos Sneed, Nur Mood and Chaplain Nancy. Third floor Anderson is the place for our offices, but check us out online too.

Look who's back and ready to welcome students to Hamline--Nur Mood is the Assistant Director of Social Justice Initiativ...
08/21/2020

Look who's back and ready to welcome students to Hamline--Nur Mood is the Assistant Director of Social Justice Initiatives and Strategic Relations/MENA Region. He will be starting his 8th year on the Wesley staff this fall! To catch up with Nur, email him at [email protected].

Over the next few weeks, Chaplain Nancy is going to post some photos of various places across campus that can be invitin...
08/20/2020

Over the next few weeks, Chaplain Nancy is going to post some photos of various places across campus that can be inviting for spiritual meditation, prayer or centering. Like the Blue Garden, with its waterfall and riverstones, just south of the library, and east of Old Main. It's a good place to reflect on the tenderness of life, and how we can all contribute to caring for ourselves and others during COVIDtime. Stay well!

"Paying attention!" As we arrive on campus--either anew or in returning--take a few moments to savour the abundance of b...
08/19/2020

"Paying attention!" As we arrive on campus--either anew or in returning--take a few moments to savour the abundance of beauty and welcome in the flowers (thank you Ken Dekkes and staff!). While we remember to wear our masks and physically distance, let's also remember the beauty in our campus ecology. A colorful "welcome" from Bishop Hamline!

Jane Krentz and Chaplain Nancy will be serving as Campus Colleagues this fall, each in a First Year Seminar, and here's ...
08/18/2020

Jane Krentz and Chaplain Nancy will be serving as Campus Colleagues this fall, each in a First Year Seminar, and here's our Common Read text--"You and I Eat the Same," edited by Chris Ying (2018). The subtitle says more... "On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connects Us to One Another." Might have to do some cooking in class!

Some more inspiring, beautiful and luscious photos from the Hamline "Micro Farm"--large raised bed, soil for new smaller...
08/10/2020

Some more inspiring, beautiful and luscious photos from the Hamline "Micro Farm"--large raised bed, soil for new smaller beds, like the one with the big squash, and then such colourful chard. Thanks 2020 Serviceberry Team and Dr. Valentine Cadieux.

Check out Hamline's "Microfarm" and these gorgeous squash--due to the rain and sun and good soil tended by the Sustainai...
08/10/2020

Check out Hamline's "Microfarm" and these gorgeous squash--due to the rain and sun and good soil tended by the Sustainaibility summer interns and Dr. Valentine Cadieux. The Microfarm is located between the Hamline Church and Englewood Ave.

Such a cool new logo!
08/06/2020

Such a cool new logo!

What do you think of our new logo?! 🥔

Check out the new podcast by Hamline's amazing Religion prof Dr. Amanda Furiasse and her colleagues with the Center for ...
08/03/2020
The Religion and City Podcast — Religion and the City

Check out the new podcast by Hamline's amazing Religion prof Dr. Amanda Furiasse and her colleagues with the Center for the Study of Religion and the City (in Baltimore) on "Religion and Public Health". Dr. Furiasse and Sher Afgan Tareen are the podcast hosts and co-directors of the "Contagion, Religion, and Cities" project. The first episode features Wende Marshall discussing Native Hawaiian health and healing, and on July 21st, Alex Nading from Brown's global health program, will discuss pandemic, public health and religion in Latin America. Tuesday, Aug. 4th is Brett Hendrickson's Border Medicine: a Transcultural History of Mexican Curandismo. How timely!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1E8K6b2aDM
https://open.spotify.com/episode/6DSPI7S2MWuJpZwJfBR6Yr

DIRECTED BY AMANDA FURIASSE AND SHER AFGAN TAREENWith support from CSRC Research Fellows Sierra Lynn Lawson and Mofiyinfoluwa Shotayo

The Wesley Center staff are sending greetings to students celebrating a happy Eid al-Adha today!
07/31/2020

The Wesley Center staff are sending greetings to students celebrating a happy Eid al-Adha today!

My name is Sophia Brown (them/them). I am the new Food Resource Center VISTA and am excited to be working here! Having j...
07/27/2020

My name is Sophia Brown (them/them). I am the new Food Resource Center VISTA and am excited to be working here! Having just graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.S. in biology and minor in chemistry and sustainability, I am passionate about the climate crisis, food access and agriculture. While at St. Thomas, I worked with Brightside to increase food security in north Minneapolis, performed research in urban agriculture and investigated how small liberal arts colleges create sustainable campus food options. I love food and cannot wait to work to continue the work of developing the FRC and making it sustainable for years to come.

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Hamline University's Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice offer dynamic programming and initiatives through which students can explore areas of spirituality, service, and social justice. Student-led groups and signature Wesley Center programming allow students to develop community, educational, and spiritual leadership skills at Hamline and beyond. We strive to helps students find their path to serve the common good and to make a difference in the world. Through service and leadership, discussion and reflection, and collaboration and community, we challenge our students to pursue their vocation and passions.


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Stop by our first ever FemFair this Sunday for some fabulous feminist art! https://www.facebook.com/events/161891111395273/?ti=ia
On Saturday, Feb. 2nd many of the youth who attended McVay at the site formerly known as Arlington Hills UMC ten years ago, came to a "reunion" at the church. It was amazing to catch up on what everyone is doing, and such fun to relive old memories. Some hadn't seen each other for many years. Thanks to Sher Eh Ler for organizing this wonderful party! Thanks to McVay alum Stephanie Tofte who joined us. Thanks to all the young people who make the McVay program so special! I"m so proud of these amazing young adults!
Today is the last day to apply for the multifaith retreat! If your interested, the application can be found in the link. Hope to see you there! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmlq4p1oBjKdMgfJX4gSpZP1ty1N9_wJ8GF6A6Rzc7ojwGTg/viewform?c=0&w=1
One of our Welsey Center programs is the Hamline to Hamline Collaboration. Some of our folks were recognized for their outstanding civic engagement work yesterday at the Minnesota Campus Compact Summit!