Past Events

The following events were sponsored by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service over the past year.

Past Fall 2012 Programs:

Social Justice Resource Center (SJRC) Fall 2012 Events

106 St. Stephen Street – (617) 373-3917

Wednesday, November 14
7:00pm
Representation of American Indians Through Film Discussion

  • November is National American Indian Heritage Month. The cowboy vs. Indian trope is one that is engrained in our culture, but what about the people it negatively affects? We will watch clips from several popular movies that prominently feature American Indians and have a discussion on how they are represented.

Wednesday, December 5
10:00am-3:00pm
SJRC Study Break

  • Take a break from finals and stop by the SJRC to relax! We will be hosting a holiday potluck, where students will bring in different dishes that are important to them. We will also have a seminar where we will make holiday cards, collages, and other gifts from the heart out of recycled materials!

 

Past Spring 2011 Special Programs

 
Free Welcome Week Yoga due to 1/12 snow closing, this event has been RE-SCHEDULED!
now Wednesday, January 19, 5:30- 6:30pm
A great way to start off the new semester, and the new year! This free Yoga class is taught by a certified Yoga instructor. Suitable for all levels, including beginner. Yoga mats provided. No registration, spots available on a 1st-come/ 1st-serve basis as space permits.

A Meditation for New Beginnings
due to 1/12 snow closing, this event has been RE-SCHEDULED!
now Wednesday, January 19, 3- 3:30pm, Sacred Space
A guided session to start off the New Year right. Learn or re-visit meditation basics, it's great for mind, body & spirit. Geared to beginners, but all can enjoy this guided session. Open to all. Cushions, meditation benches and chairs provided.

Registration for Spring Yoga classes in the Sacred Space
Registration open Thursday 1/13- Friday 1/21 at the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service office. Classes are open to NU students, faculty. staff and alumni only. Five options, each ten-week class starts the week of January 24. For details on class offerings, check this website's "Yoga" listing under the Groups link. Call the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Servicefor low cost and info.

2011 Richard Cardinal Cushing Award Scholarship nominations will be accepted January 10 through February 16
Annual scholarship are awarded to 3 students (from Catholic, Jewish & Protestant denominations) who "embody the principles of brotherhood and justice and who, through their work on campus, have become positive forces for religious understanding." Provided by a grant from the Massachusetts Committee of Catholics, Protestants and Jews. Nominations/ self-nominations accepted January 10- February 9, 2011. Forms/requirements available from the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service office, 203 Ell Hall. www.neu.edu/studentlife/leaders/scholarship.html

An Introduction to Buddhism & Buddhist Meditation
Three Sessions: Sundays 1/23, 2/6, and 2/20, 6- 7:30pm Each session offers a theoretical and practical investigation of the Dharma (or teachings of the Buddha) through a meditation, teaching, and open discussion / Q&A. The series culminates with an opportunity for a half-day retreat in April. Instructor, Josh Summers.

"Unplugged" Multi-Faith Retreat for Spirituality & Leadership
Friday, February 11-Sunday February 13, Warren Conference Center FREE! Explore ways to find leadership and simplicity in a complex world, meet great people, and learn about a broad range of spiritual/ religious practices. Co-sponsored by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service, Student Activities, & Lead 360. Limited space, participants selected from among applicants. Apply by January 24 (NU Students ONLY) at www.northeastern.edu/lead360

Ash Wednesday Worship (with distribution of ashes)
March 9

  • NU Ecumenical Service (Catholic and Protestant) 12 noon, Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen St.
  • Catholic Mass 5:30pm & 7:30pm, Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen St.

Reiki level 2 training and attunement
Saturday, March 12, 9am - 6pm
Deepen your practice as an Usui Reiki practitioner in this level 2 training and attunement. This class is open to the NU community only by advance reservation & payment (fee is reduced from normal charge). Class participants must already be certified as Usui Reiki level 1 practitioners. With Reiki Master Teacher Cynthia Piltch, and Reiki Master Practitioner Shelli Jankowski-Smith.

Holocaust Awareness Week
(check for updates below, related events have an asterisk *)
week of March 28, 2011
A way to annually and publicly remember the Holocaust, not only as an historical fact and as a memorial to its millions of victims, but also as a warning and way to apply lessons learned to contemporary issues. All events are sponsored by the Holocaust Awareness Committee. Co-sponsors for this week include the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Gustel Giessen Memorial Fund, NU Hillel, Jewish Studies, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Snell Library, and the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service

Film showing
Tuesday March 29
6- 9pm, 90 Snell Library
The film Good will be screened, followed by comments and a discussion led by Professor of History Gerald Herman. This event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

* Holocaust Survivor Speaker and film showing
Wednesday March 30
Meet-and-greet with Frieda Grayzel, 11:15- 11:55am
Film showing & discussion with Frieda Grayzel, 12- 2pm
Frieda (Tenenbaum) Grayzel is a child survivor of the Holocaust from Poland. Between the ages of five and ten she experienced the loss of her home; the murder of her parents, four-year-old sister and most of her extended family; starvation, cold, disease, life in a ghetto and a labor camp; and seven months in the infamous concentration camp at Auschwitz. On 2004 she participated in filming a documentary Surviving Auschwitz: Children of the Shoah about her life and that of another child survivor, Tova Friedman. The two, each with one of their children, travelled to Poland and Germany to retrace their steps and tell their stories to the next generation. This event represents the annual Philip N. Backstrom Jr. Survivor Lecture Series, and is free and open to all.

* The Holocaust Awareness Breakfast
Thursday March 31
7:30- 9:00am, Raytheon Amphitheater in the Egan Center
"Shaping Losses and Living in History" with Lori Lefkovitz, Ruderman Professor of Jewish Studies, Professor of English, and Director of Jewish Studies. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Lefkovitz will speak about inherited memories and the ethics of ventriloquism, how children of trauma appropriate the narratives of their parents. The Gideon Klein Student Scholar, Lynn Torgove, will also perform music of the Holocaust, Frauenstimmen: Women's Voices from Ravensbruck. RSVP by March 25 at (617) 373-7175 or b.purcell@neu.edu

* Morton Lecture
Thursday March 31
3- 5pm
Menachem Rosensaft presents The Transference of Memory: Holocaust Remembrance in the 21st Century. Born in 1948 in the Displaced Persons camp of Bergen-Belsen, he has long been a leader in Holocaust remembrance activities. In September 2010, President Obama appointed him to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He received the 2003 Elie Wiesel Holocaust Remembrance Award of Israel Bonds. The annual Morton Lecture is followed by a reception with light refreshments. This event is free and open to all.

"Mingling with Mormons"
Wednesday March 30, 7- 8:30pm
From South Park to Big Love to Sister Wives, the Mormon faith is huge news in pop culture right now. But there's also many misunderstandings and misconceptions about Mormonism out there. Join the Multifaith Student Connection group to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints (aka the Mormon faith). You can ask questions in a comfortable interfaith dialogue with Brandon White, Bishop of the Boston 2nd Ward of the LDS church, and young married couple Quinn & Claire. Pizza will be served.

Retreat for Introduction to Buddhism & Buddhist Meditation
Sunday April 3, 2-6pm
Deepening a theoretical and practical investigation of the Dharma (or teachings of the Buddha) through meditation, teaching, and open discussion / Q&A. Instructor, Josh Summers. E-mail a.kern@neu.edu to reserve a free spot.

Yoga/Spiritual Health Night
Wednesday April 6, 7- 9pm
Support your own health by coming for a free Yoga class and/or a free mini-Reiki session! Coordinated by the NU Multifaith Student Connection as a campus event of National Public Health Week. For information, e-mail NUMultifaith@gmail.com or call the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service office at 617-373-2728.

“Take a Human Break”
Friday, April 8, open 9- 10am
Reflection Room (adjacent to the Sacred Space)
As we near the end of the semester, join us for free breakfast & a smile! A great informal way to meet other students, faculty & staff at NU.

Make Easter baskets with kids
Wednesday April 13, 5-7pm
Volunteers needed at Ellis Memorial to help pre-schoolers make baskets in preparation for their annual Easter egg hunt. Spots are limited, so please e-mail raju.a@husky.neu.edu if you are an NU student and want to sign up. Sponsored by the Multi-Faith Student Connection group.

Movie night, showing "Promises"
Wednesday April 13, 7-9pm
Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
Discussion follows, led by NU Israeli and Palestinian Students
7 children in Jerusalem. Neighbors. Enemies. And the story of a few who dared to meet. This acclaimed documentary travels to a Palestinian refugee camp and an Israeli settlement in the West Bank to meet Israeli and Palestinian children. It offers a refreshing, human, moving, and sometimes humorous portrait of the conflict through the eyes of these children. Free popcorn. Sponsored by Multi-Faith Student Connection.

Re-dedication of Sacred Space Stained Glass Window
Thursday April 21, 5pm
2nd floor hallway of Ell Hall (at the window)
Celebrate the renovation and re-installation of this beautiful historical stained glass window, entitled "Moving Toward the Light" by artist Sara Feldman. The window is the only surviving object of a fire that destroyed the Bacon Memorial Chapel over a decade ago. Share a brief ceremony and reception, and meet the artist, as this lovely window comes back home to the Sacred Space area. RSVP to a.kern@neu.edu

On-campus worship for Holy Week ( April 17- April 24)
Palm Sunday

  • Catholic Mass 12:30pm, Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen Street
  • Lutheran-Episcopal student group worship trip to Trinity Church (Copley Square), followed by brunch at Fire & Ice

Holy Thursday

  • Catholic Mass 8pm, Fenway Center

Good Friday

  • NU Ecumenical Service 12 noon, Fenway Ctr, 77 St. Stephen St
  • Stations of the Cross 3pm, Krentzman Quad on Huntington Ave
  • Catholic Celebration of the Lord's Passion 6pm, Fenway Center
Easter Sunday
  • Catholic Mass 12:30pm, Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen Street

Passover Seders (sundown April 18 to April 26)
Monday April 18, 6:30pm at Curry 318
Tuesday April 19, 6:30pm at Hillel
Thursday April 21, 6:30pm at Hillel
Friday April 22 (Shabbat), 6:30pm at Hillel
Advance registration and payment are required for Monday & Tuesday Seders . All meals will be held at NU Hillel, 70 St. Stephen Street. Please contact NU Hillel for information and meal RSVP/ registration at www.hillel.neu.edu 617-373-3937.

Four FREE Finals Week Yoga classes- come to one or to all...
Yoga is a great way to stay focused through Finals stress & beyond!

 

  • 1-2pm, Thursday April 21 (Hatha, with Jacqueline Rossi)
  • 12-1pm, Monday April 25 (Yin, with Josh Summers)
  • 7-8pm, Tuesday April 26, (Prana Body, with Carmen Thurston)
  • 5-6pm, Wednesday April 27 (Hatha, with Jacqueline Rossi)

All classes are are in the Sacred Space, and led by certified yoga instructors. Open to all, beginners and up welcome. Come to one or to all... no pre-reg is required, space available on a walk-in basis, 1st-come/ 1st-serve. Yoga mats provided, wear comfortable clothes.

FREE Finals Week Yoga classes- come to one or to all...
Yoga is a great way to stay focused through Finals stress & beyond!

  • 7-8pm, Tuesday April 26, (Prana Body, with Carmen Thurston)
  • 5-6pm, Wednesday April 27 (Hatha, with Jacqueline Rossi)

Classes are are in the Sacred Space, and led by certified yoga instructors. Open to all, beginners and up welcome. Come to one or to all... no pre-reg is required, space available on a walk-in basis, 1st-come/ 1st-serve. Yoga mats provided, wear comfortable clothes.

Special "Finals Focus" Meditation Session
Wednesday, April 27, two sittings 3- 3:30, and 3:30- 4pm
Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
Increase your focus, and de-stress during finals with this special class. You can stay for either half-hour segment, or enjoy the entire 1-hour experience. Led by guest instructor Josh Summers. Josh has taught meditation in the US, India and Burma. Free and open to all, beginners & up welcome. Cushions, benches, & chairs provided.

Senior Week Special events for graduates, families, the NU community
(check for updates below, related events have an asterisk *)

* Guided Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesday May 4, 3- 3:30pm
Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
A fully guided session, appropriate for all levels from beginner up, and for thos eof any/ no faith tradition. Cushions and chairs are porovided, please arrive on time so as not to disturb the meditation of others.

* FREE Senior Week "Yoga in the Grass" outdoors class
Wednesday May 4, 12- 1pm
Krentzman Quad grassy area (rain location, the Sacred Space)
Experience Yoga outdoors! Feel the grass under your feet and the sun over your head! This 1-hour class is led by certified yoga instructor. Open to all, beginners and up are welcome... and you don't need to be a senior to participate. No pre-reg is required, space is available on a walk-in basis. Bring your Yoga mat or just stand on the grass, and wear comfortable clothes.

* Catholic Mass of Thanksgiving for Graduating Seniors & their families
Thursday May 5, 12pm
Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen Street
Reception with refreshments to follow after Mass. Sponsored by the Catholic Center at NU, 617-373-8964

* Senior Ecumenical Christian Commencement Worship with Holy Communion
Thursday May 5, 2pm
Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
Graduating seniors, families, and Christians of all denominations are welcome to this celebratory service. Sponsored by the Lutheran- Episcopal Campus Ministry, 617-373-4923.

* Jumuah (Friday) Prayer
Friday May 6, 1pm
Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
Sponsored by the Islamic Society of NU, 617-373-2728.

* Senior Shabbat Services and Dinner Friday May 6, 6pm
NU Hillel, 70 St. Stephen Street
Services begin at 6pm, free kosher dinner immediately follows at 7pm. Sponsored by NU Hillel, 617-373-3937.

 

Past Fall 2010 Events

Welcome Back Jummah Prayer
Friday 9/3 at 1pm
The Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall Join the Muslim community for the first congregational Friday prayer of the school year!
Sponsored by the Islamic Society at NU

Hillel Bagel Brunch
Sunday 9/5 at 12 noon
NU Hillel, 70 St. Stephen Street
Sponsored by NU Hillel
617/ 373-3937

Move- In Sunday Mass
Sunday 9/5 at 12:30pm
Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen Street
An on-campus Roman Catholic Sunday Mass
Sponsored by the Catholic Center at NU
617/ 373-8964

Hillel BBQ
Monday 9/6 at 1pm
NU Hillel, 70 St. Stephen Street
Sponsored by NU Hillel
617/ 373-3937

Xplosaic! Exploring Our Cultural Mosaic
Monday 9/6 from 2- 4pm
Centennial Quad (rain location, Matthews Arena)
A fun multicultural experience for all! Dance, music, give-aways, food and more. Co-sponsored by: John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute, Asian American Center, International Student and Scholar Institute, Latino/a Student Cultural Center, and the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service.

New to Boston? Not for Tourists Walking Tour
Monday 9/6 from 4- 7pm
Meet at the Husky on Krentzman Quad to join the tour
Come enjoy a walking and subway tour of the essential parts of the city. Get to know your new home with seasoned Bostonians from the Christian Student Union. Dinner & subway fare provided. Limited to 20 participants, RSVP to akers.t@husky.neu.edu to reserve your spot! Sponsored by the Christian Student Union and University Baptist Ministry

NU Does Yoga! Three Free Yoga Classes in the Sacred Space
Tuesday 9/7
Classes start at 1:30pm, 3pm and 6:30pm
The Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
Start the year right with a good happy stretch, you'll feel great! These free 1-hour classes are suitable for all levels, even beginners. Mats are provided. No pre-registration, spots are available as space permits.
Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service

Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service Open House (*)
Tuesday 9/7 from 4:30- 5:30pm
The Sacred Space & Reflection Room, 2nd floor Ell Hall Join us for food, a chance to see the fantastic NU Sacred Space, and time to connect with new friends. (* includes a drawing for a free semester of Yoga class in the Sacred Space! You must be present, and a current NU student to qualify.)
Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service

Meditation for Beginners
Wednesday 9/8 from 3- 3:30pm
The Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
Try something new and learn meditation basics; it's great for your body, mind and spirit. Geared to beginners, but everyone could enjoy this guided session. Cushions and chairs provided. No pre-registration, spots are available as space permits.
Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service.

Rosh Hashanah High Holiday Services
Wednesday 9/8
6:30pm Services at the Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
7:30pm Dinner at NU Hillel, 70 St. Stephen Street
Reservations required, dinner $12
Sponsored by NU Hillel
617/ 373-3937

Big Bite BBQ
Wednesday 9/8 from 6:30- 8pm
Catholic Center, 68 St. Stephen Street
Join us for food and games
Sponsored by the Catholic Center at NU
617/ 373-8964

Christian Student Union Kickoff Meeting
Wednesday 9/8 from 7:30- 9pm
344 Curry Student Center
The CSU is a group of students who desire to learn more about what it means to be a follower of Christ. At our first gathering, you will meet members of the group, eat pizza, and hear about our focus for the semester.
Sponsored by the Christian Student Union
617/ 373-2728 or akers.t@husky.neu.edu

Rosh Hashanah High Holiday Services
Thursday 9/9
9:30am Services at the Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
2pm Tashlich, Meet at NU Hillel, 70 St. Stephen Street to walk to the Fens
6:30pm Services at the Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
7:30pm Dinner at NU Hillel, 70 St. Stephen Street
Reservations required, dinner $12
Sponsored by NU Hillel
617/ 373-3937

Pasta Party
Thursday 9/9 from 5:30- 8pm
Catholic Center, 68 St. Stephen Street
Join us for food and fun
Sponsored by the Catholic Student Association
617/ 373-8964

Fenway Faithful: Opening Night (*)
Thursday 9/9 from 6- 8pm
Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen Street
Students from a variety of Christian backgrounds and faith perspectives gather to celebrate life at NU with food, music, prayer & games. Come to meet new friends and hear about LECM's spiritual, social, and service opportunities for the upcoming year. (* includes a drawing for 2 free Red Sox tickets! You must be present, and a current NU student to qualify.)
Sponsored by Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry
617/ 373-4923 or lecm@neu.edu

Rosh Hashanah High Holiday Services
Friday 9/10
9:30am Services at the Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
Sponsored by NU Hillel
617/ 373-3937

Humans vs. Zombies
Friday 9/10 from 6-10 pm
Meet at the Catholic Center, 68 St. Stephen Street
Humans defend the world from aggressive zombies whose primary object is to destroy the human race!
Sponsored by the Catholic Student Association
617/ 373-8964

First Shabbat of the Year
Friday 9/10
6pm Services, 7pm free kosher dinner
NU Hillel, 70 St. Stephen Street
Sponsored by NU Hillel
617/ 373-3937

September 11 Memorial Tribute
Saturday 9/11 from 12- 12:15pm
At Candace Williams Memorial marker, Krentzman Quad, front of Ell Hall
The NU community is invited to join in a brief ceremony of commemoration to mark the 9th anniversary of September 11. We will observe singing of the National Anthem, an ecumenical prayer, and a time of silent remembrance.
Sponsored by the Office for Student Affairs

Opening Mass and reception
Sunday 9/12 at 12:30pm
Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen Street
Catholic Mass followed by a reception with light refreshments.
Sponsored by the Catholic Center at NU
617/ 373-8964

Registration opens for weekly Yoga classes
starts Monday 9/13 at 8:30am in the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service office at 203 Ell Hall. Pre-reg is required, advance payment by check or money order only. Spots available as space permits. You must be an NU student, staff, faculty, or alum to register. Info on the fall schedule can be found on this website under "Religious/ Spiritual Groups". Classes start week of September 20.
Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service
617/ 373-2728

Connect with the Multi-Faith Student Connection Group
Wednesday 9/15 at 7pm
The Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
Join students of many faiths, spiritual paths and beliefs as we start a year of great weekly discussions, events, and volunteer opportunities.
Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service
617/ 373-2728 or a.kern@neu.edu

Yom Kippur High Holiday Services
Friday 9/17
4:30pm Pre-Fast Meal at NU Hillel, 70 St. Stephen Street
6:00pm Kol Nidrei Services at the Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
Reservations required, meal $12
Sponsored by NU Hillel
617/ 373-3937

Yom Kippur High Holiday Services
Saturday 9/18
9:30am Services at the Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
6:00pm Neilah Services at the Sacred Space, 2nd floor Ell Hall
7:30pm Break the Fast Meal at NU Hillel, 70 St. Stephen Street
Reservations required, meal $12
Sponsored by NU Hillel
617/ 373-3937

"Take a Human Break"
Friday, September 24, open 9- 10am
The NU community is invited to stop by for free coffee, a light bagel/ muffin breakfast, and a smile! Our bi-semesterly "Human Breaks" are a great informal way to meet other students, faculty & staff at NU.

Eid Dinner
Friday 9/24 at 6:30pm
The Ballroom, 2nd floor Curry Student Center
Join the Muslim community to celebrate the festival of Eid. This Halal dinner party will feature speaker Altaf Hussein, and comedians Amar Ali and Asif Ali.
Sponsored by the Islamic Society at NU

An Introduction to Buddhism & Buddhist Meditation
Three Sessions: Sundays 9/26, 10/17 & 11/7, 6- 7:30pm
Retreat: Sunday 11/21, 2-6pm
Each session offers a theoretical and practical investigation of the Dharma (or teachings of the Buddha) through a meditation, teaching, and open discussion / Q&A. The series culminates with an opportunity for a half-day retreat. Instructor, Josh Summers.

A Conversation with Ugandan Bishop Zebedee Masereka: "Looking for an International Experience to Help the World?"
Thursday 9/30 from 2- 4pm
Bishop Masereka, a retired Anglican bishop of Kasese, Uganda, is founder and leader of the Bishop Masareka Christian Foundation (BMCF). The BMCF works to provide both education and medical support to the impoverished people of Western Uganda. BMCF works to keep orphans in school by providing financial support and counseling. The center also provides medical care, education and coimmunity support for hundreds of orphans and their families. You are invited to join Bishop Masereka for a conversation about his work in BMCF, his dreams for the future, and opportunities to help shape a vision for internships and fellowships. Sponsored by the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry under the aegis of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service.

Special self-guided tours of the Sacred Space celebrate the national broadcast of the PBS series "God In America"
Saturday 10/9 and Sunday 10/10
from 10am- 3pm each day
Northeastern University's Sacred Space was selected by PBS as one of approximately 100 recommended religious tour venues across the nation. It is included in the companion piece to "God in America," a web curated guide at pbs.org/godinamerica. Stop by and bring a friend!
Sponsored by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service and Public Broadcasting System

* - Spiritual Wellness Week (related events have an asterisk)
October 25- November 1
Explore the overlap between spirituality and wellness with these events to enhance your body/ mind/ spirit connection! Stay tuned for updates to the schedule below.

* - Labyrinth Day
Monday, October 25, open 9am- 6pm
All are invited to experience this wonderful form of walking meditation, which comes from ancient traditions in many faiths. Spend as much or as little time as you want, and find peace & centeredness in the middle of your busy day!

* - Guided Labyrinth Meditation
Monday, October 25, 3- 3:30pm
Join Carmen Thurston for a guided introduction to the Labyrinth as a contemplative practice, and an opportunity to experience a group meditation in the Labyrinth.

* - The Healing Power of Bowing in Islamic Prayer
Monday, October 25, 6:30- 7:30pm
A demonstration and exploration about how prostration (movements of bowing down) in Islamic prayer induces a balance of body, mind and spirit. Co-sponsored with the Islamic Society at NU.

* - "Trembling Before G_d"
5:30pm- film showing
7:00pm- lecture by filmmaker Sandy Simcha Dubowski
8:30pm- performance by Israeli singer songwriter Ivri Lider
Monday, October 25
AfterHours, 1st floor Curry Student Center This ground-breaking 2001 documentary film brilliantly explores the tensions between faith and sexuality among gay and lesbian Orthodox Jews. This event is co-sponsored with the NU Pride Committee, NU Hillel, and Birthright as part of Pride Month.

* - Guided Chakras Toning Meditation
Tuesday, October 26, 12- 12:30pm
The chakras system is derived from an Ayurvedic philolosophy of the body's energy centers. Join Carmen Thurston for a guided meditation to balance your chakra system through the use of sound.

* - Annual Multi-faith Progressive Dinner
Tuesday, October 26, 6:30- 8:30pm
All our various faith communities get together, & each hosts a portion of this fantastic traveling goodwill meal. Open to the NU community. We'll eat our way through the Sacred Space, Hillel, and the Catholic Center.

* - The Zen Art of Japanese Calligraphy: a creativity workshop
Wednesday, October 27, 7:30- 9pm
Boston's Kaji Aso studio presents Japanese calligraphy, and how it fits historically into Zen traditions as a spiritual contemplative practice. Workshop participants will explore the art of brush and ink themselves, through a creative hands-on workshop in Japanese calligraphy. All materials will be provided. Participants must pre-register for this free workshop, as we are able to accomodate only a limited number.

* - Sacred Circles: Creating Your Own Mandala
Thursday, October 28, 3- 4pm
Learn about the universal archetypal symbol of the Mandala, or Sacred Circle. This workshop provides a basic introduction to the beauty of mandalas, and gives you a chance to access your creative spiritual side by making a personal mandala. Paint and other materials provided.

* - Guided Meditation Sitting: "Bringing the Senses to the Now"
Friday, October 29, 12- 12:30pm
Join Jason Jedrusiak to learn how to use the senses as a way to access full present awareness.

* - Yoga Sampler Extravaganza! Free classes
Saturday October 30, four free 1-hour sessions
 11am- Mindfulness Yoga with Matthew Daniell
 12:30pm- Hatha Yoga with Jacqueline Rossi
 2pm- Prana Body Vinyasa with carmen Thurston
3:30pm- Vigorous Vinyasa Yoga with Ellen Waylonis May
Sample four different Yoga styles with guest teachers. Open and free to the NU community on a walk-in basis, as space permits (no registration). Come to one or all sessions! Suitable for beginners & up. Mats provided.

* - A Reiki Experience: free Reiki mini-sessions
Monday, November 1, 12noon- 3pm
Members of the NU community are invited to reserve a 15-minute appointment, or walk in (available as space permits). Sessions offered by certified practitioners. Co-sponsored with the Bouve School of Nursing.

- Student Religious Leaders reception and dinner
Monday November 8, 6:30- 8:30pm
Students who serve as campus religious leaders are invited to meet with the Vice-President for Student Affairs Ed Klotzbier, and one another at this informal reception and dinner. Co-sponsored by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Serviceand the VP for Student Affairs.

- Reiki level 1 training and attunement
Saturday, November 13, 9am- 6pm
Learn how to be an Usui Reiki practitioner in this level 1 training and attunement. This class is open to the NU community only by advance reservation & payment (fee is reduced from normal charge). With Reiki Master Teacher Cynthia Piltch, and Reiki Master Practitioner Shelli Jankowski-Smith.

- "Give Thanks, Give a Hand!" interfaith Thanksgiving-time community service
Thursday, November 18, dinner served at 6pm Morville House
Students from various religious group join together to prepare and serve a communal dinner for elderly residents at Morville House. To find out more about volunteering, contact the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service at 617-373-2728 in November.

- Special "Pre-Finals Focus" Meditation Session
Wednesday, December 8, two sittings 3- 3:30, and 3:30- 4pm
Increase your focus and de-stress before finals with this special class, led by a guest teacher. You can stay for either half-hour segment, or enjoy the entire 1-hour experience. Led by guest instructor Josh Summers. Josh has taught meditation in the US, India and Burma. Open to all, beginners & up welcome. Cushions, benches, & chairs provided.

- Free Yoga Class
Thursday , December 9, 12-1pm
De-stress instead of distress before Finals week! Get yourself centered with a free Yoga class taught by a certified Yoga instructor. Suitable for all levels, including beginner. Yoga mats provided. No registration, spots available on a 1st-come/ 1st-serve basis as space permits.

- "Take a Human Break"
Friday, December 10, open 9- 10am
As we start into the finals week, the NU community is invited to stop by for free coffee, a light bagel/ muffin breakfast, and a smile! Bi-semesterly "Human Breaks" are a great informal way to meet other students, faculty & staff at NU.

- Guided Meditation for Finals Week
Tuesday December 14, 12- 12:30pm
Tuesday December 14, 6:15- 6:45pm
Wednesday December 15, 3- 3:30pm
Friday December 17, 12- 12:30pm
Each session is fully guided. Suitable for all levels, including beginner. No registration, spots available on a walk-in basis

- Free Finals Week Yoga
Wednesday , December 15, 12-1pm
"De-stress" instead of "distress"! Relax during Finals Week with a free Yoga class taught by a certified Yoga instructor. Suitable for all levels, including beginner. Yoga mats provided. No registration, spots available on a 1st-come/ 1st-serve basis as space permits.

 

Past Fall 2010/ Spring 2011 Weekly Programs

"Yin" Yoga class (taught by Josh Summers)
Mondays 12- 1pm Attendance by pre-registration only, call the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Servicefor cost and info

Nicotine Anonymous twelve-step support group
Mondays 4:45- 5:45pm
Meets in the Reflection Room adjacent to the Sacred Space. This group is hosted by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service, but is run as a peer group through the national Nicotine Anonymous organization

"Monday Evening" Guided Meditation
Mondays 6- 6:30pm
Free. Open to all, beginners & up welcome. No pre-reg required.
Cushions provided (guided by Morgan Collado)

"Tuesday Lunchtime" Guided Meditation
Tuesdays 12- 12:30pm
Free. Open to all, beginners & up welcome. No pre-reg required. Cushions provided (guided by Carmen Thurston)

"Kripalu" Yoga class (taught by Diann Siegel)
Tuesdays 5-6pm
Attendance by pre-registration only, call the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service for cost and info

"Tuesday Evening" Guided Meditation
Tuesdays 6:15- 6:45pm
Free. Open to all, beginners & up welcome. No pre-reg required. Cushions provided (guided by Carmen Thurston)

"Prana Body Vinyasa" Yoga class (taught by Carmen Thurston)
Tuesdays 7-8pm
Attendance by pre-registration only, call the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Servicefor cost and info

"Hatha" Yoga class (taught by Jacqueline Rossi)
Wednesdays 12- 1pm
Attendance by pre-registration only, call the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Servicefor cost and info

"Wednesday Well-Being" Guided Meditation
Wednesdays 3- 3:30pm
Free. Open to all, beginners & up welcome. No pre-reg required.
Cushions provided (guided by Shelli Jankowski-Smith)

"Hatha" Yoga class (taught by Jacqueline Rossi)
Wednesdays 5-6pm
Attendance by pre-registration only, call the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Servicefor cost and info

"Thursday Lunchtime" Guided Meditation
Fridays 12- 12:30pm
Free. Open to all, beginners & up welcome. No pre-reg required. Cushions provided (guided by Jason Jedrusiak)

"Funny Friday: Lunchtime Laughter" Guided Meditation
Fridays 12- 12:30pm
Free. Open to all, beginners & up welcome. No pre-reg required. Cushions provided (guided by Jason Jedrusiak)

Alcoholics Anonymous twelve-step support group
Fridays 6-7pm
Meets in the Reflection Room adjacent to the Sacred Space. This group is hosted by the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service, but is run as a peer group through the Western Mass AA Central Committee.

Past Summer 2010 Special Programs
- FREE Summer Welcome Week Yoga class
12 noon, Wednesday May 12
This 1-hour class is led by a certified yoga instructor. Open to all, beginners and up are welcome. No pre-reg is required, space is available on a walk-in basis, 1st-come/ 1st-serve. Yoga mats provided, wear comfortable clothes.

- The Center Spirituality, Dialogue and Service hosts "Keepin' It Cool"
11:45am- 1pm, Library Quad
Join us for free ice cream, music and fun as the Center Spirituality, Dialogue and Service hosts one of NU's weekly Keepin' It Cool summer series

- "Being Peace"
a series of three guided sessions in contemplative practice
Wednesdays 3- 3:30pm , Sacred Space
June 9: Sitting With Awareness
June 16: Walking the Labyrinth
June 23: Deep Listening
Beginners and up welcome. No pre-reg required. Cushions provided.