2/21 Worship Rev. Pamela Marie Allen, Guest Preacher 6 p.m. Hope Beyond current COVID Challenges

Worship link http://go.umd.edu/UCML3Sundays

Hi Everyone, 


How has your week been? We pray that you have been able to weather the cold and that classes are going well. As always, reach out if there is anything that we can do for you. 

We are with you as our campus goes on lock down this week, due to the increase in Corona Virus cases on our campus. Our guest preacher will be focusing on what we have to look forward to after things greatly improve. In the meantime, we all need to continue with careful protocols to keep others and ourselves safe from COVID. We know this is going on so long; hang in there. This will not last forever!


As we continue in our celebration of Black History Month, we are very excited to announce that Rev. Pamela Allen will be preaching and her theme is Beyond the Aftermath … Unmask, Emerge, and Rise! Rev. Pamela, as many of you know, is a UCM Board Member, and she works in the career center on UMD’s campus. She has been such a dedicated presence for this ministry, so we hope to extend a warm welcome to her and show our support. 
Log in to hear her excellent message and invite a friend. All are welcome!
Blessings, Samantha, L3 Intern; Rachel, Chaplain Intern; Chaplain Holly

2/17 L3:Resolutions and Restarting, 12 pm

Join us with this zoom meeting link go.umd.edu/UCML3Wednesdays

Hello all, 
We hope you have all been doing well as the semester has started to kick up in pace!
This upcoming Wednesday, our L3 dialogue session will be focused on the idea of resolutions. We will be discussing this in the context of a new year, the idea of a fresh start, and different spiritual traditions that can connect to this theme, including Ash Wednesday.
Join us at 12 to talk about your idea of resolutions and to think of how we can approach different aspects of our lives with resolve. 
Everyone is welcome!
Hope to see you then, Samantha Kalibala, L3 Intern, Rachel Koehler, Chaplain Intern, Chaplain Holly Ulmer

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2/14 Valentine Chill, 6 p.m.

Sunday, 6 – 7 p.m.,  go.umd.edu/UCML3Sundays.

Hello Everyone,
Hope you have had a good week.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, this week we are gathering for a “Valentine Chill”.
Come and “chill” with us, as we celebrate a day of love, all kinds of love -friendship, romantic, and our call to care for others, loving God and our neighbors.
Bring your own chocolate!
It will be a time to hang out, catch up, and share how friendship, love, and God’s love gives our lives meaning, and can make every day Valentine’s Day.❤
In case you are interested in the complicated history of this holiday check out:https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2

Peace and Blessings, Samantha, L3 Intern; Rachel Chaplain Intern; Chaplain Holly

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2/7 Worship, “I Have Gone to the Mountaintop”, 5 pm (Time Change this Week)

Meeting link http://go.umd.edu/UCML3Sundays

Hi Everyone, 
We hope that your weekend is going well! What are your plans? Due to the Super Bowl on Sunday, we are moving worship up an hour to 5:00pm this week so that those who are watching can see kickoff. We would love for you to join us!

This week for our first Sunday of Black History Month we will be listening to Rev. Dr. King’s message “I Have Been to the Mountaintop,” and discussing it together. We would love to hear your insight. 
Here is the link for Sunday at 5:00pm go.umd.edu/UCML3Sundays.
Have a good weekend!
Samantha, L3 intern Rachel, Chaplain Intern Chaplain Holly

 Dr. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Most photos of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are copyrighted. This work was obtained from the now defunct United States Information Agency. In 1999 the agency was merged into the Bureau of Public Affairs which is part of the United States Department of StateThis work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States Federal Government under the terms of 17 U.S.C. § 105 

2/3 L3: Power of Purpose, 12 pm, A Look into Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb”

Meeting link https://go.umd.edu/UCML3Wednesdays

Hello all, 


Hope your first week was manageable and that you’re starting off this week well! It was great seeing those of you who came to our check-in chat last week.


This week we will be having our first regular L3 dialogue session. On Wednesday at 12 p.m. we will be looking at inaugural poet Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb” and the ways we are all affected by her words and the subject matter of her poem. We shall also explore how her historic role as the youngest inaugural poet, her representation of youth, especially young black women, inspires us to live our callings and dreams!


If you want to watch her speech prior to meeting here is a link https://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_gorman_the_hill_we_climb.We’ll also watch it together. 
Join us to share your own thoughts about the poem, take a deep dive into Amanda’s words, or just listen to other’s thoughts. All are welcome. 
Hope to see you there!
Best, Samantha, L3 intern

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1/31 L3 Worship, 6:00 p.m.

Worship Link http://go.umd.edu/UCML3Sundays

Hi Everyone, 
How was the first week of classes? We pray that you had a good break and are staying healthy this winter season. 
We will be having our first worship service of the semester this Sunday at 6pm on Zoom. We are hoping to make this service more interactive by listening to different songs and exploring how these songs resonate with each of us. 
We would love to incorporate your song suggestions so bring them to worship. It can be any song that speaks to you spiritually. 
Hope to see you there! All are welcome. 
Blessings, Samantha, L3 Intern Rachel, Chaplain Intern Chaplain Holly

1/27 L3 Welcome Back Check-In & 1/28 Antiracism Group Interest Meeting

We have a new link for our Wednesday 12 p.m. Meetings! https://go.umd.edu/UCML3Wednesdays

Hi Everyone, 


We hope that your first few days of the semester are going well! Feel free to join our open Zoom session this Wednesday at noon so that we can check in with one another and reconnect after the break. There will be no official program, just a chance to talk, catch-up and meet new people.


Here is the new link for Wednesday (1/27) at noon – https://go.umd.edu/UCML3Wednesdays

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Also, alongside other chaplaincies, we are hoping to participate in an anti-racism program created by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

This Thursday at 11am, Rachel, Chaplain Intern, will be hosting a callout meeting along with Sika Wheeler, the Assistant Director of Diversity Programming and Engagement in ODI’s office, to discuss the details of this initiative.  The Zoom link is https://go.umd.edu/InterfaithLC


We are hoping to finalize this interfaith learning community in the next week so that we can start meeting within the first few weeks of February. 


Does this anti-racism initiative sound like a program that you would be interested in?  If you cannot attend the callout meeting, let Rachel know, and she’ll make sure to get you the information.  Email her at koehler@umd.edu

We look forward to seeing you soon! Peace and blessings,

Samantha, L3 Intern Rachel, Chaplain Intern Chaplain Holly

1/20 Interfaith Prayers for the Nation, 10 am

Hello All,


Hope you and yours are staying safe and doing well. How has your break been?  Soon everything will be starting up again for the spring semester. Hope you have been able to have some fun and also rest.

Tomorrow for Inauguration Day, Memorial Chapel is hosting

 Interfaith Prayers for the Nation

Wed., Jan. 20, 10 am, Take a quiet moment with campus chaplains to reflect on Inauguration Day from an interfaith perspective.

Join by zoom at https://umd.zoom.us/j/96150098665

Join us to pray for our leaders and all Americans during this transition of governmental power. Our nation so needs prayers and divine Guidance for the days ahead.  Hope you will join us.

Peace and blessings, Chaplain Holly

National Crisis: Fervently Pray for Peace

Dear Students and Friends,

Our beloved nation, “We the People,” usually a beacon of democracy for the world is this day in crisis.

A mob stormed the Capitol, stopped our democratic process, and necessitated our lawmakers to evacuate to a place of safety.  The rioters hoped to burn the electoral college votes.

Those who illegally damaged property, and entered the capitol in the manner they did were not engaged in democratic civil dissent; they were participating in disorder, and chaos.

President Trump told a crowd of supporters today “We will never give up. We will never concede.”

Whatever your political party affiliation, “We the People”, are called to a more perfect union, called to be the United States of America.  Healthy debate, and respectful disagreement are essential components of our democracy.  Threatening our lawmakers, and our democratic process with lies, and violence are not, and indeed put our democratic corporate life together in grave danger.

The full opening clause of our Constitution is: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.”

Those of us who follow in the way of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, let us witness at this hour by denouncing all violence, and embody Christian LOVE for the safety and wellbeing  of everyone.

Let us join our hearts and hands and prayers with our dear interfaith brothers and sisters at this critical hour.

Let us fervently pray for the restoration and continuation of national order and democracy.

Fervently pray this night and in the days ahead for peace in Washington DC and across our nation; for the peace and well-being of all Americans; for the healing of our divisions.  For the peace and well-being of the world.

Fervently pray for our national and local leaders that they provide calm, clarity, and healing guidance in this critical hour, and in the days ahead.

Fervently pray for all law enforcement charged with protecting our democracy.

Fervently pray this night and in the days ahead for PEACE, as we seek to faithfully follow Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

Let us fervently, and with confidence place our trust in the Living God, who through the centuries brings order to creation, blesses those in need with strength, courage, healing and hope.

In this hour let us love God with all our hearts, minds and souls, and indeed all of our neighbors.

In Christ’s Holy Name, we pray.

Amen.

Chaplain Holly