Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life Events


COVID-19 Announcements

Support Resources:

 

During this difficult time, as students, faculty, and staff find themselves suddenly displaced, unmoored, and afraid, ORSEL is available for anyone who needs support. While we are adhering to recommendations against social contact, chaplains are  available by phone, email, and remote video conferencing to listen, talk, and be present for you.

If you would like to speak with a chaplain, please email askachaplain@mit.edu with a bit of information about your religious background (or lack thereof). An ORSEL staff member will connect you with a chaplain as soon as possible.

You may also connect directly with any of the chaplains listed below:

Assistant Chaplain & Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue Coordinator Adam Reynolds is available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 2pm via https://mit.zoom.us/j/573467438.

Baptist Chaplain and Tues/Thurs Free English Class Sponsor, Rev. Michael Dean is available Tuesday-Friday for calls/messages at 617.253.2328, email at mdean@mit.edu to set up Zoom calls. Most regular events are happening via Zoom.

Buddhist Chaplain Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is available by appointment. To schedule an appointment contact vtp-scheduler@thecenter.mit.edu or 617.253-2327.

Catholic Chaplain Fr. Dan Moloney has office hours listed here: https://tcc.mit.edu/tcc-covid-19-response

Cru Chaplain Chris Swanson is available by appointment via Zoom/Facebook/Phone/GoogleHangOut Monday—Friday, 10 am—4pm, EST; and by text or email anytime. Contact cswanson@mit.edu or 515-451-9542.

Episcopal Chaplain Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas is available via email and phone at theakl@mit.edu and 617-458-1253.

Hillel Chaplain Rabbi Michelle Fisher is available Monday—Friday, 10am—4:30pm at rabbif@mit.edu.

Hindu Chaplain Sadananda Dasa is available Monday—Friday, 9am—5pm at sdasa@mit.edu and 857-407 8498.

LGBTQ+ Advisor Cody Sanders is available via email and phone at revcody@mit.edu and 617-864-9275 x201.

Methodist Chaplain Rev. Natalie Hill has office hours Sundays 12-1 pm, Mondays 5-6 pm, and other times by appointment at: https://mit.webex.com/meet/revnhill - schedule a time by contacting revnhill@mit.edu or 617-501-5067.

Muslim Chaplain Sister Nada El-Alami is available by appointment Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact mchnada@mit.edu

Reformed University Fellowship Chaplain Rev. Solomon Kim is available by appointment via Zoom/FaceTime/phone Monday—Thursday, 9am—4pm EST; and by text or email 24/7. Contact solokim@mit.edu or 857-500-0557 (call/text).

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Virtual Events

SUNDAYS:

CyberDharma Teaching: The Sutra of Truly Remembering the Sublime Three Jewels, session 2
Sunday, March 22, 2020
9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 12:00pm ET
Send email to “info at Bodhimarga dot org” to receive login information.

Church at the Chapel: Sunday Protestant Worship every Sunday at 11:00 am
During this time when it's important to avoid public gatherings, coming together for community and prayer is all the more vital. Now you can connect through an interactive online worship and fellowship every Sunday at 11:00 am, from anywhere! http://bit.do/churchatMIT

Taizé @ MIT: Sundays at 7:30 pm ET
A Zoom meeting with song, scripture, and silence. Login information posted on taizeatmit.org.

The Baptist Chaplaincy offers several events on Zoom. Email mdean@mit.edu for link for worship, small groups or Bible classes to get the Zoom link.

MONDAYS:

Mindful Mondays: Mondays at 4:30 pm — a 10 minute guided meditation for physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. http://bit.do/mindfulmondays

How to Freak Out (Skillfully), And Other Pandemic Survival Skills — Mondays, 5-6 pm
Even a few weeks ago, who could have imagined that the MIT community would be so abruptly disrupted and dispersed?! The new reality of
physical social distancing is necessary for our society, but our need for social connection is as acute as ever—and all the more so as we confront the grief and uncertainty provoked by this pandemic. Fear, excitement, frustration, anxiety, dread, anger, despondency—these are all normal reactions to the situation, but they can be QUITE hard to manage with everything else on our plates! Join us for informal, online chats about managing these and other challenges of this new reality, with strategies to not only survive, but maybe even thrive, in the midst of the chaos.
Zoom Link: http://tiny.cc/mit-freakoutskills

Spirited Conversations: Mondays at 6:00 pm — We can't have dinner together, but we can still catch up with friends, have a good conversation, and maybe even play some games, from wherever we are, Mondays at 6:00 pm - http://bit.do/spiritedconversation

TUESDAYS:

Free English Class from Baptist Campus Ministry at 2:00 pm on Zoom. Email freeenglish@mit.edu

WEDNESDAYS:

Baptist Campus Ministry Refuge Bible Study & Prayer 6:00 pm on Zoom. Email mdean@mit.edu

MIT Origins Club—Finding Strength in Times of Crisis
In Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters which signify danger and opportunity. While many lament, the wise seize the opportunity of crisis to grow and care. Join us to explore practical Vedic wisdom and meditation practices that would help one cope not only with the crisis but also help one grow in everyday life.
Every Wednesday, 5 pm via Zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/my/sadanandadasa

THURSDAYS:

Free English Class from Baptist Campus Ministry at 2:00 pm on Zoom. Email freeenglish@mit.edu

30 Minutes of Calm: Guided meditation session with Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi in CyberSpace (held on Zoom; sign up for "dharma at mit dot edu" to receive login information)
Thursday, March 26 at 5PM ET
Thursday, April 2  at 5PM ET
Thursday, April 9 at 5PM ET

FRIDAYS:

Hindu Students Council (HSC) Discussion Group: Fridays at 6pm — A study of Swami Vivekananda’s Lectures. Join Zoom meeting. For details, please contact Srinivasan (Srini) at srirag@mit.edu.

Muslim Students Association CONNECT: Fridays at 5pm — A virtual CONNECT session where we will join together to reflect on our current situation and how we can make sense of it individually, spiritually, and socially. Join Zoom meeting at https://mit.zoom.us/j/898627599; Contact Muslim Chaplain Nada El-Alami at mchnada@mit.edu

ADDITIONAL EVENTS and GROUPS:

Dissertation Survival Group — Grad Students: Completing a thesis/dissertation is a grind! It can be helpful to connect with others who are also working through the process of research, navigating their committees, writing up their work, or preparing to defend. If you're interested in being part of this kind of group, email Natalie Hill at revnhill@mit.edu

 

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