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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 21

Tuesday, August 21st
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 Chaplain and Director of Religious Life, and other 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 22

Wednesday, August 22nd
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.

Friday Prayer - August 24

Fri., Aug. 24th
1-1:45 p.m.
Wilton Center Interfaith Prayer Room

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

Catholic Campus Ministry Lectio Divina - August 27

Mon., Aug. 27th
5-6 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. 

Kairos Contemplative Christian Service - August 28

Tues., Aug. 29th
8 - 8:30 p.m.
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?”

SpiderFest - August 29

Wed., Aug. 29th
5-7 p.m.
The Forum

The Office of the Chaplaincy and our partner Campus Ministries will be represented at SpiderFest, one of the Welcome Week events.  Come visit us!

SpiderFest showcases some of the best aspects of UR in a fun and relaxed environment. Take advantage of the opportunity to get connected to a variety of student organizations, volunteer opportunities, and other campus resources.


Welcoming Shabbat - August 31

Fri., Aug. 31st
5:30-6 p.m.
Wilton Center Pathways Lounge

Welcoming Shabbat

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

Catholic Mass - September 2

Sun., Sept. 2nd
5-6 p.m.
Cannon Memorial Chapel

Catholic Mass

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.

Mass is celebrated in Cannon Memorial Chapel at 5 p.m. on Sundays 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.  


Multifaith Dinner and Discussion - September 4

Tues., Sept. 4th
6-7 p.m.
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.

Muslim Life Meeting - September 4

Muslim Life meeting - Tues., Sept. 4th
7-8 p.m.
Pathways Lounge

Weekly Wednesdays - September 5

Wed., Sept. 5th
7-8:00 p.m.
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 Wednesday 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.