We hope that you are doing well. How was your Spring Break? We look forward to getting caught up with you.
Our topic is about our personal faith and secular journeys toward meaning and purpose. We will be exploring our individual denominations or traditions and how they inform our lives. You can be thinking about the question – What is something distinctive about my tradition that means a lot to me and I want others to know?
Join us Sunday night 6 pm in the Garden Chapel for an inspiring encouraging worship experience. Chaplain Intern Rachel will be preaching. (The Garden Chapel doors are just off the patio, the parking lot behind Memorial Chapel.) Friends and roommates always welcome. Hope to see you soon!
We are looking forward to seeing you and exploring our emotional well-being together. Rachel will share some about what she has learned from her experience in Clinical Pastoral Education, but you can begin to consider emotions that come easily and hard to you. Then ask yourself why that may be. It is a particularly emotional time with all that is happening in the world, so check in with yourself and reach out for help.
Our meeting is in Room 2108, Pyon Su, Stamp Student Union. See you soon!
Join the candlelight vigil near the McKeldin Library at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 to commemorate innocent people killed in Ukraine by Putin’s war.
At 5 a.m. on February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine. For over a week the Russian army has shelled Ukrainian cities, targeting houses of civilians, hospitals, kindergartens and orphanages. The Russian army is destroying people’s lives and future.
Almost 1 million people have had to flee their homes. Over 2,000 people have been killed and thousands injured. Women have to deliver newborns in shelters, hiding from the bombings. According to UNICEF, the lives of 7.5 million children are endangered because of the war that Russia has started against Ukraine.
Join the vigil to express your support for the people of Ukraine and for Ukrainian students at UMD.
Please, help spread the word about the event. You can bring flowers or donate to help the people of Ukraine.
We sigh. We sigh because words cannot express our anguish, our hurt, our despair, knowing that siblings in Ukraine are fleeing their homes for their lives, that the cities and towns that hold memories and culture and history may be destroyed.
Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans that the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And so we sigh. Let us breathe together.
<take a deep breath>
May our sighs remind us that we all share the same air; that what impacts one of us impacts all of us; that life is precious to God and war is never necessary.
May our sighs be a prayer for every Ukrainian who worries about surviving today; for those who will not survive this invasion; for those who will survive and be forever changed by the trauma of war; for those Russian soldiers who question their orders and refuse to use their weapons.
May our sighs be a prayer for nuclear deproliferation; for an end to the sin of imperialism and colonization.
May our sighs be a prayer for truth, peace, and solidarity to guide each of us; May our sighs be a prayer for Ukraine and the whole world.
May our sighs fill our bodies with air to breathe through grief and fear and fill us with courage and connection, so that we are ready to act in solidarity with Ukraine, for an end to this war and all war.
Prayer by Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” Mathew 5:9
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