Productive Rest?:  Relaxation and the Power of Purpose

Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 2, 12-2pm in Nanticoke Room, Stamp Union.
As always, lunch will be provided!
How do you rest?
Do you consciously think about rest and relaxation?
For so many of us, we only passively engage in rest.  We watch netflix or lounge around.  How can we still do these things, but do them in a way that enriches our souls?
For those who are religious, let’s ask how we engage with the idea of sabbath time?
For those who are spiritual or have secular perspectives, how do we think about rest as important to our work time?
Join us for a relaxing discussion about rest, Sabbath time, and how we take care of ourselves as spiritual being.

4/25 L3: Power of Purpose: Making Difficult, Important Decisions

Meeting tomorrowWednesday, April 25, 12 – 2 pm in Nanticoke Room, Union,
lunch is provided!
Do you have to make an important decision or choice?
When we are in the process of making our decisions, often we are
pressured or influenced by cultural norms more than we think we are.
It’s like we are gold fish swimming around in a little fish bowl, forgetting
there is a whole ocean out there!
Some of our cultural norms are:
Will my choice lead to success?
Will I gain status and privilege?
Will it bring happiness?
Is this what most people would decide to do?
Will it help me gain friends or popularity?
Other spiritual/religious/or secular perspectives can encourage us to consider:
What is the most loving choice for me? For others?
Will this decision do the least harm?
Does this choice reflect my deepest spiritual or secular values?
    If so which values?
Am I called to be brave and stand alone, or with a particular community?
Come for an exciting discussion about making choices and learning to
be conscious about what is truly influencing us in reaching our important decisions.

4/18 L3: Power of Purpose: Creativity, Spirituality & Core Values

The act of being creative from woodworking, painting, singing, dancing, writing, drama can be a wellspring of
meaning for living.
This week we will explore exciting connections between creativity, spirituality, and our deepest held values.
12 – 2 p.m. Wednesday, 4/18, Nanticoke Room, Student Union  (Come and go as needed).
Lunch: Chicken Parmesan and Greek Salad.
How does creativity, your own or the creativity of others, impact your life?
Do you consider creativity a spiritual practice or an expression of your core values?
What does your spiritual/religious/or secular tradition say about creativity?
Check out the resources below and hope you can join us for good conversation.
We will also do some coloring!!

Puerto Rico Lit: Brightening Paths towards Recovery

Join us for this exciting upcoming event we have co-sponsored!
Puerto Rico Lit aims to teach the UMD community about fundraising initiatives and to encourage people to extend support to those who continue to be affected by the aftermath of hurricane Maria.  Join MICA, the UMD Interfaith community, Semilla Cultural, and student collaborators for a celebration focusing on the people of Puerto Rico, their resiliency, and the beauty of the Puerto Rican culture. Food and Bomba Dance/Music workshop will be provided. Event is free to all student and community members.

L3 This Week: Travel and Calling

How can travel influence spiritual/religious/secular perspectives and help us find our life purpose?

Amanda Zimmerman is our special Guest Speaker this Wednesday, 4/11, at L3:Power of Purpose.

Amanda is interning with the Lutheran Campus Ministry – The Humble Walk, as Program and Administrative Assistant.

She will share her incredible experience of recently visiting the Holy Land; how it impacted her Christian faith, and inspired her to take steps towards living out what she now feels called to do.

“That trip opened my eyes to so many more possibilities than I thought would be on my horizon.” Amanda

At L3 we always value and honor diverse perspectives around our lunch table.

After hearing Amanda’s story, those of us gathered will also have the opportunity to share how travel has transformed us, our spiritual or secular worldviews, and may have impacted our sense of life purpose, or urged us on to help others.

Hope you will come and support Amanda and join us for a great program!

12 – 2 p.m., Nanticoke Room, Stamp Student Union

Feel free to invite your friends.

 Lunch is Chicken Parmesan and Greek Salad. : )