Letter from the Chaplain
As I enter my 24th year as the Chaplain here at Queens, I find myself as excited as ever by the opportunities for spiritual exploration enjoyed by our students, faculty, and staff.
Our Presbyterian connection, which from Calvin onward has emphasized faith, civic engagement and social responsibility, has shaped our approach to spiritual life on campus.
The Chapel ministers to students from all faith backgrounds (and even those without one), supporting a variety of programs, fellowship groups, and clubs designed to help each person broaden and deepen his or her own spirituality. We live into Queens' motto - "Not to be Served, but to Serve" - by challenging the Queens community to explore together the intersection of one's faith and spirituality with one's engagement with local and global communities and the issues that confront all of us. As students, faculty, and staff come together, we explore what it means "to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord Your God" (Micah 6:8).
And because we know spiritual growth comes not just from doing, we provide ample opportunity for personal reflection - over a coffee at Amelie's or in the Chapel Lounge - within the context of a supportive community.
We also believe a person's spirituality can be deepened and challenged through inter-faith dialogue and exposure to people and ideas from all faith traditions. Whether attending a Jewish Passover Seder or learning about Mayan spirituality in Guatemala, the Chapel fosters engagement with the multi-faith world in which we live.
The Spirit, Ruah, gives us life and breath, and the Chapel and its program seek to nurture that breath of life so that one's roots will be deep and strong and one's branches a canopy to shelter and provide for all God's children.
J. Diane Mowrey