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Community Reflection 11:05am Friday

Week 1, Friday, September 15 
What Does Interfaith Mean?—Join the Interfaith Student Leaders to talk about their own belief (or nonbelief) and what it means to work with people very different from oneself.  Believers, skeptics and skeptical believers are all invited!

Week 2, Friday, September 22   
Wrestling with Angels:  Jacob’s Ladder as a Model of Resilience—Central to both Jewish and Christian traditions is the story of Jacob and the night in which he is both wounded and sees a vision of God.  Come and reflect on the role of leaving home, experiencing trauma, and finding healing while away at school.

Week 3, Friday, September 29
Homesick—Join the Interfaith Student Leaders for a reflection on homemade food, old friends, and your own bed.  Hear how student have made K a home away from home.

Week 4, Friday, October 6 
Intimate Partner Violence Awareness-- October is Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month.  We will remember those in our community who face daily violence as well as the history of K’s own struggle to become a place free of violence.

Week 5, Friday, October 13     Fall Break Day

Week 6, Friday, October 20      Homecoming weekend
More In A Lifetime--Alumni share how their K-Plan, coupled with their professional experiences, have helped shape career choices and personal decisions in their “Lives after K.” Co-sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) and the Office of Alumni Relations.


Week 7, Friday, October 27     Family Weekend 
Harry Potter & The Sacred Text—Throughout the quarter, a group has been meeting to hold our own version of this famous podcast.  Can a novel ever be sacred?  What can be learned about our world by escaping into the land of Harry Potter?

Week 8, Friday, November 3   
Muslim Student Association—Join Kalamazoo College’s MSA for a conversation on what it is like to be a Muslim at K and in the Kalamazoo Community.

Week 9, Friday, November 10
Science & Religion Panel—Can you be both a religious person and a scientist? Is it Science VS religion?  Or Science & Religion?  Join faculty from the Religion, Biology, and Chemistry Departments to consider this important topic.

Week 10, Friday, November 17
Recovering from the Unexpected: Using Music to Recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury - After a car accident nearly killed her and robbed her of mental function and memories, flutist Mira Spenner's road to recovery has been long and difficult. However, music's strong role in her rehabilitation aided her in returning to her passion. Come learn that even in the worst of times, not everything is lost when music is a part of recovery.  Sponsored by the Music Department.


Interested in applying for a week of Community Reflection time? 

You and/or your group need to fill out the application you find below.  All applications are due Monday of 8th week the preceding quarter.  Decisions are typically made by the end of 9th week.  Applications are judged on a variety of characteristics.  The selection committee tends to favor events that lead listeners/participants through a thoughtful, reflection on a matter of meaning or importance.  The committee tends to reject applications that come across as an advertisement for a group or a subject.  We hope that everyone who leaves community reflection feels that they have been challenged to think and feel in a new way.    If you have any other questions, contact Chaplain Candido at