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More Brave, Less Perfect: A Talk by Dr. Brené Brown

Researcher and storyteller, Dr. Brené Brown will deliver a talk entitled “More Brave, Less Perfect: Creating a Culture of Courage at Vanderbilt.”   Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brené is…

Posted by on January 21, 2016 in News


2016 MLK Commemoration

The 2016 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at Vanderbilt was a memorable experience and hosted Civil Rights Leader and VU Alum Rev. James Lawson on January 18, 2016. With the establishment of the MLK Holiday as a day off from classes for the entire university by Chancellor Zeppos, the Chancellor urged all students…

Posted by on December 18, 2015 in News,


Vanderbilt hosts SHARING Memorial Service

The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life was happy to open the doors of Benton Chapel to a wonderful organization called SHARING of Middle Tennessee to host a Candlelight Ceremony to support parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant loss. On December 10, combined nursing staff from Vanderbilt Hospital, St. Thomas…

Posted by on December 18, 2015 in News


The Vanderbilt Menorah Lighting

        Vanderbilt Menorah Lighting On December 10th, the Vanderbilt Community came together to celebrate the 5th night of Chanukah on the steps of Kirkland Hall. Vanderbilt Chabad, Vanderbilt Hillel, and the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life worked together to host a lighting of the 6 foot menorah at the…

Posted by on December 7, 2015 in News, ,


Diwali Puja

Posted by on November 13, 2015 in News


University Ecumenical Advent Service

In anticipation of one of the most sacred times of year for Christians, The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life came together with the various Christian ministries of Vanderbilt to host the University Ecumenical Advent Service in Benton Chapel on Tuesday, December 1st. With Affiliated Chaplains from our Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, and…

Posted by on November 13, 2015 in News


Freedom of Religion. . .?

  Coffee and Conversations OUCRL Program Coordinator Mike Zimmerman joined First Amendment Expert Prof. David Hudson to engage with Vanderbilt students in informal discussion about Religious Liberty as part of the “Coffee and Conversations at Moore” series hosted by Dr. Jim Lovensheimer, Faculty Head of Moore College, a part of the College Halls at Kissam….

Posted by on November 12, 2015 in News, Project Dialogue


Centenary Celebration of Thomas Merton

Vanderbilt to host Thomas Merton Centenary Celebration Series of events to mark 100th birthday of influential spiritual leader NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jazz and poetry performances, a photography exhibition and workshop on contemplative leadership are all part of a Vanderbilt University centenary celebration of the legacy of Thomas Merton.   Merton, a Catholic monk, author, artist…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT


Thomas Merton and the Awful Silence

“THOMAS MERTON AND THE AWFUL SILENCE” Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 4 pm Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room G-20 Victor Judge, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Vanderbilt Divinity School   In a journal entry dated September 1, 1949, Thomas Merton wrote, “ If I am to be a saint—and there is nothing else that I can think of desiring to…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,


Merton and Tao

Merton and Tao: An Experimental Theatrical Piece based on Thomas Merton’s The Way of Chuang Tzu, conceived and directed by Bill Feehley Wednesday, Dec. 2,at 6:30 pm St. Augustine’s Episcopal chapel, 200 24th Ave, S.   This piece is a creative collaboration conceived by Bill Feehely, Nashville actor, performer and retired professor from Belmont University. Richard Gershman is an…

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in News, UPCOMING EVENT,