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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


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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, ,


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Diwali Puja

Posted by on November 13, 2015 in News


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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


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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


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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


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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,


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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,


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A Hidden Wholeness: Zen Photography of Thomas Merton

A HIDDEN WHOLENESS: THE ZENPHOTOGRAPHY OF THOMAS MERTON Exhibit open Thursday Dec. 4 at 3 pm through Feb. 26 Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room G-20   “Almost dizzying on aesthetic and intellectual levels . . . ” Steve Euvino, South Bend Tribune   A collection of thirty-five black and white images photographed at the Abbey of Gethsemane in Trappist, Kentucky…

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


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Life at Gethsemani Abbey, Poetry of Thomas Merton and Paul Quenon

Life at Gethsemani Abbey: Poetry of Thomas Merton and Paul Quenon Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 pm Vanderbilt Divinity School Reading Room 124   Brother Paul Quenon has been a monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani for 57 years. He received his initial training as a Novice under Thomas Merton. Originally from West Virginia, Paul has retained a love for…

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