Numen Lumen l Rev. Dr. Janet Fuller l 5/6/2021
University Chaplain Jan Fuller, shares on the theme "Bridging to Hope". Jan shares about how hope has risen in her own life and how it begins in the darkness. She remarks that "in the darkness, the power of love takes hold in the secret places of our hearts."
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For our music this morning, please enjoy one or all of the songs on our album of light from this year's Festival of Holiday Lights. Several of Elon's acapella groups contributed to the album and recorded songs surrounding the theme of Light. You can listen here. Special thanks to Liam O’Connor for organizing the production of the album.
Jan Fuller has been the University Chaplain at Elon since 2011 and was the first woman to hold the title at the university. Jan will retire this year as the University Chaplain and Dean for Multifaith Engagement. She is an Episcopal priest and deeply invested in helping students to find their own spiritual paths while interacting with others in differing paths with appreciation and respect.
Elon has, under her leadership, built a Multifaith Center, called the Numen Lumen Pavilion from the University motto meaning “spiritual and intellectual light.” She has also led Elon to create a program that includes 8 annual religious and cultural festivals, a signature annual interfaith student conference, and a multifaith staffing structure including Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, and Catholic Christian Chaplains. Jan has also served twice as President of the National Association of College and University Chaplains (for a second time), an organization of which she has been a faithful member since 1988. She also led the merger of the organization with the Association of College and University Religious Affairs as they became the Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education (ACSLHE), which emerged in March 2021. She is likely the longest-serving Chaplain in Higher Education in the nation, having totaled 40 years on the campuses of Yale, Hollins, and Elon. “I have never wanted to do anything else,” she says.
Raised in Beirut Lebanon for the first half of her life, Jan is the daughter of missionaries to the Arab peoples of the Middle East. She is fluent in Arabic, French, and English, and she is also quite conversant in armaments and artillery, having lived through four Middle East wars.
Jan’s education includes a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary, where her original research was entitled Dangerous Opportunities: Bereavement and Theology for Young Adult Women. She also earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a B.A. in English and French from Hollins University.
Jan has published articles, sermons and sermon commentary, poems, and prayers in numerous anthologies like We Ask Your Blessing: 100 Prayers for Campus Occasions (Don Shockley, Ed, 2005.).
Jan describes herself as a “war-zone survivor,” who retains a sense of humor and love of gentleness. She loves Arab art and food, and all kinds of music. She intends to find the gift every day and to live her life as a way of giving thanks.
To learn more about Jan check out this recent article.