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Numen Lumen l Rev. Kirstin Boswell l 8/26/2021

University Chaplain and Dean of Multifaith Engagement, shares on the theme "Dreaming". Rev. Boswell uses the imagery of a tree planted by a stream of water to invite us into the type of life she is dreaming for herself, the Elon community, and the world.





Our Numen Lumen theme this year invites speakers and musicians to ponder the idea of dreaming. “Dreaming” will push our community to traverse the passive and active forms that dreaming takes in our lives. Speakers will explore the literal and figurative series of images, ideas, sensations, and emotions in the mind and through their work.


We ask speakers to ponder where reality and dreaming meet, what form dreaming takes in their everyday lives, and how dreaming directs their pathway. Can dreaming be a productive form of activism? Is dreaming strictly forward-thinking, or can it exist without time restraints? Is dreaming simply an involuntary experience? How may dreaming be dangerous, or irresponsible in the face of real-world issues? Or, where can it be a useful instrument? What are the burdens of dreaming? What or who makes you dream?


We encourage you to share your thoughts and responses to our speaker in the comment section below!


Rev. Kirstin Boswell is the University Chaplain and Dean of Multifaith Engagement at Elon University. Rev. Boswell is an ordained clergy member in the American Baptist Churches, USA. She has a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and is completing her doctorate there in anthropology and sociology of religion and Boswell has a bachelor’s degree in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. Prior to her divinity school studies, she had a career in the corporate sector, working in sales and training roles for Xerox and Pella Corporation.


While a divinity school student, Boswell served as a student pastor at the First Baptist Church of Chicago and operations director for the International Association of Black Religions and Spiritualities.


As the previous Associate University Chaplain at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Boswell was responsible for Protestant and interfaith organizations and affiliated staff and developed programs, training, lectures and initiatives to meet the spiritual and religious literacy needs of the university community.


In 2017, Boswell was chaplain to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and director of the Office of Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life (ORSEL). Boswell has also been a collaborator, panelist, and writer for the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab and is on the Board of Advisors for the Spiritual Care Providers Network collaboration between the Fetzer Institute and the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab.

In her new role at Elon, Boswell will work to deepen and advance Elon’s program and uphold the value placed on spiritual development alongside intellectual and social development.

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