• Allison Pelyhes

Numen Lumen Introduction

Good Morning and happy Thursday,

Much like college coffee, Numen Lumen is a dedicated time during the week for the campus to gather and share in a moment together. Traditionally, the program is held in the Sacred Space of the Numen Lumen Pavilion and involves a speakers series and a time for music followed by snacks, coffee, and conversation.

This year, Numen Lumen has gone virtual! We hope you will join us as we stream our speakers each week. We hope to be streaming at our usual time (9:50-10:20am on Thursdays). This afternoon, I share with you a conversation between President Book and Chaplain Fuller on their interpretation of this year’s theme: Bridging to Hope.

You will find a full, written description of the theme below and a list of this year’s speakers will follow next week. On Monday, we will hear from Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life, Imam Shane Atkinson, followed by senior student Sarah Jane McDonald on Thursday. Then, we will continue every Thursday to hear from our community.

Don’t have time to watch? We will gather these stories into a playlist for you via YouTube so that you can go back and listen!

Feeling inspired by and thankful for a speaker? Let them know! We strongly encourage you to reach out to our speakers and share your thoughts and reactions.

Having big thoughts about what is looks like to “Bridge to Hope”? Let us know! Jan Fuller and I would love to hear from you. We also encourage you all to have conversations in your departments, with your students, and in your communities.

We are hopeful that Numen Lumen will continue to serve as a time of stillness, listening, and reflection this fall.

BIG THANKS to Teaching and Learning Technologies for helping to produce, film, and distribute our series this year. We are so grateful for the entire team!

Wishing peace to you all and good health,

Allison Pelyhes

Bridging to Hope

In the midst of a pandemic and the fight for the end of systemic racism which leaves us wondering if change will finally come, it can be hard to be hopeful. We find ourselves searching for an anchor to ground us or a light to guide us. Our theme this year invites speakers and musicians to ponder the roots of hope and the vision it invites us to pursue. If hope is an action word, then what does it look like in our lives, how does it motivate and keep us focused and centered? What is its root and character? What keeps us moving forward? When did I opt for hope and how has that led me to new life? What have been the costs and burdens of hope? What does the future of hope look like from our personal or institutional contexts? How have we chosen hope over its alternatives? What or who gives you hope?

Speakers will bring us personal stories of resilience, bridge building, connection, and hopefulness this coming 2020-2021 school year. In listening to their stories, we will be invited and inspired to re-discover and lean into hope.

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