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Welcome to UR!  Here are some great opportunities to connect with our office and our various faith communities during New Student Orientation and Welcome Week:

Hillel Pre-Orientation Dessert Reception - August 22

Tuesday, August 22nd
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Westin Hotel - 6631 West Broad Street Richmond, VA

Desserts, coffee, and tea for new students and family. Gather with Jewish students, the Hillel leadership team, the Jewish Life Advisor and members of the Chaplaincy staff for a dessert reception. Learn about Jewish Life on campus and the University of Richmond Hillel. RSVP is required. 

Chaplaincy Open House - August 23

Wednesday, August 23rd
3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Wilton Center

For New Students, Family and Friends. Meet the Chaplaincy Staff who serve at the University of Richmond. Learn more about the wide variety of programs offered by the Office of the Chaplaincy and find out about the many worship opportunities that are available. Refreshments will be served and giveaways will be provided.

Catholic Mass - August 27

Sunday, August 27; 5pm 

Catholic Mass

Cannon Memorial Chapel

Our celebration of the Eucharist at Sunday Mass is "the source and summit of the Christian life" according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Visiting priests preside at Mass on Sundays at 5 p.m. in Cannon Memorial Chapel during the academic year. Students direct the music and serve as lectors, ushers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The Sacrament of Reconcilation is generally available before and after Mass.

Following Mass on August 27, there will be a Welcome Back Cookout on the Chapel grounds.

Catholic Campus Ministry Lectio Divina - August 28

Monday, August 28, 5 p.m., Wilton Center Interfaith Prayer Room

Lectio Divina is Latin for "Divine Reading" and is a Benedictine practice of scriptural reading that involves lectio (reading), meditatio (meditation), oratio (prayer), and contemplatio (contemplation). This practice does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word.  It is intended to promote communion with God and to enhance knowledge of the Word of God. 

Leaders of the Catholic Campus Ministry will facilitate Lectio Divina every Monday at 5 p.m. in the Wilton Center Interfaith Prayer Room. 

Multifaith Dinner and Discussion - August 29

Tuesday, August 29; 6 - 7pm 

Wilton Center Pathways Lounge

The Chaplaincy invites students of all faiths, and those of no faith tradition, to come together for dinner and discussion about current events to discuss how religions traditions inform our understanding of the world around us.

The first week’s meeting will offer an opportunity for participants to meet one another, enjoy dinner together, and brainstorm discussion topics for the fall semester.

Torah Tuesday - August 29

Tuesday, August 29; 7:00pm

Torah Tuesday

Wilton Center Conference Room

Every week Hillel comes together to discuss different topics, engage in a social action project, or just hang out.  Each topic, generated by our Hillel leadership team, is framed through Jewish values.  Then, as a group we discuss how this topic is immediately relevant to our lives at UR in the 21st century.  We have four distinct formats for our Tuesday night conversations: Interactive Judaism (social programs often involving games and food), Social Action programming, Coffee & Conversation (exploring tough topics through a Jewish lens), and Special Events.

Kairos Contemplative Christian Service - August 29

Tuesday, August 29; 8 - 8:30pm 

Cannon Memorial Chapel

Kairos is a weekly service that offers students sacred time to reflect on life's deepest questions. Each service focuses on a theme and question that help students to consider their lives and their relationship to the world around them in light of the Christian faith.

The theme for this week’s Kairos service is “How do I begin well...without doubting myself?”

Welcome Back Ice Cream Social - August 31

Thursday, August 31; 5-7 pm on the Quatrefoil (In front of the Chapel)

Join the Office of the Chaplaincy for ice cream sundaes and meet the staff and campus ministers. This event is open to all students who are involved or interested in Chaplaincy programing.

Muslim Students Association Meet & Greet - August 31

Muslim Students Association Meet & Greet

Thursday, August 31, 7pm, Wilton Center Pathways Lounge

Meet fellow Muslim students and learn how to get involved with the MSA. Weekly meetings will be held at this time throughout the semester.

Welcoming Shabbat - September 1

Friday, September 1; 5:30pm

Welcoming Shabbat

Wilton Center, Pathways Lounge

As a ritual and communal practice, we welcome Shabbat every Friday.  Most Fridays at 5:30pm there is Welcoming Shabbat where we join together to light the candles, drink the wine, eat challah, and say blessings over it all.  In addition, we sing, share stories, laugh, and celebrate. Some weeks there will be a special dinner, program, or theme for our celebrations.

"More than Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews."  - Ahad Ha'am

Meet Me @ the Museum: Search for the Sacred - September 5

Tuesday, September 5; 8-10 pm, Lora Robins Gallery

Meet Me @ the Museum: Search for the Sacred

Come and explore religious, cultural, and natural objects from around the world in the Lora Robins Gallery collection. Take a journey with us through the gallery and contemplate the scared connections between humans and nature, as understood by people of faith over the centuries and through a variety of cultural lenses. Enjoy food and music from around the globe, while you see old friends and make new ones.

SpiderFest - September 7

Thursday, September 7; 5-7pm  on the Forum

SpiderFest, the premier fall kickoff event, showcases some of the best aspects of UR in a fun and relaxed environment. Enjoy an evening of activities, music, and student organization tabling while you connect with friends and 100 of your favorite student organizations and departments on campus.

SpiderFest Highlights

  • Tabling fair where you can engage with different organizations and get involved!
  • Games, giveaways, and more!

The Office of the Chaplaincy and our partner Campus Ministries will be at SpiderFest, come visit us!

Jum'ah Prayer - September 9
Jum’ah Prayer

Friday, September 9, at 1pm, Wilton Center Interfaith Prayer Room

Join the Muslim Students Association for the first weekly Muslim Friday congregational prayers of the semester.