Students gather for the 2016 Beliefs and Big Questions BBQ on Britton Plaza.
CSSJ aims to give all students, religious or nonreligious, an opportunity to explore life’s bigger questions. We provide programming for meaningful discussion about existential, moral and spiritual topics and meditative opportunities, which allow participants to more fully explore themselves.
What Matters Most Dinners
Based on the book “Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch, these conversations give students the opportunity to hear what matters most to their faculty and staff. The themes of these dinners have focused on religious beliefs, importance of diversity, facing cancer, career development as life-long, and other topics of personal importance to the guest speakers. Speakers come from all parts of campus and include sports coaches, admissions counselors, student life staff, faculty, facilities workers, and many more.
“Faith and…” Discussion Series
This series provides a space for exploration of the intersections of faith and various topics selected by our student staff. Generally over common hour, student staff invite a professor to facilitate a discussion about the intersection of faith and a topic in which they have some expertise. In the past, we have hosted events around the intersection of faith and politics, women in faith, Standing Rock, queer identity, and more.
Used for over 4,000 years, the Labyrinth walk is a self-alignment tool aimed to clear one's mind and give insight. Once per month, the labyrinth is laid out in the HUB Social Hall for students, faculty and staff to enjoy.
Beliefs and Big Questions BBQ
The Beliefs and Big Questions BBQs focus on bringing students of different beliefs and faiths, and across different grades and social groups, together to take part in a meal and an open dialogue about beliefs and faith traditions.
Fall Faith Festival
In the beginning of the year, CSSJ holds a Fall Faith Festival out on Britton Plaza to introduce students to faith communities on campus in the surrounding area so that students can find a community with whom they can practice their faith.