Wondering Wandering Worship
Ever wonder what worship is like in a cathedral, at a synagogue, or in a mosque? What’s the difference between the way Presbyterians and Baptists worship, or Lutherans and an African American congregation? How about a small church or a non-denominational church? How about Catholic mass and a Taize service or a new church development and an emergent church? How about a visit to a mosque and your home place of worship? On the second and fourth weekends of each month, normally on a Sunday morning, we will leave campus and wander (make our way) to places of worship around Western PA and Eastern Ohio to learn about worship and faith traditions from leaders at the particular places of worship, spend time with the worshipping community, then debrief on the way home as we stop for lunch or a snack. Some weeks we will go on Friday or Saturday evening as that is when particular communities worship. One week we will travel to Pittsburgh to a Taize service on Wednesday evening. If interested contact the Chapel Office (724-946-7117) and watch for travel dates and locations.
FALL SEMESTER 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church (Poland, OH)
Depart campus at 8:00 AM, return to campus by 1:00 PM
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - East Liberty Presbyterian Church - Taize Prayer Service (Pittsburgh, PA)
Depart campus at 4:30 PM, return to campus by 10:00 PM
Sunday, November 9, 2014 - Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community (Pittsburgh, PA)
Depart campus at 9:30 AM, return to campus by 3:00 PM
Special Speakers 2014-2015
We are continually adding speakers and events to your Campus Ministry program, please return periodically to view our schedule of speakers and/or events.
International Peacemaker Speakers: Moses Mkandawire from Malawi will be our guest October 3-8, 2014. Mr. Mkandawire will be our guest preacher at Vespers on Sunday, October 5th at 7:00 PM and he will be speaking in Chapel on Monday, October 6th at 11:40 AM. Mr. Mkandawire works as a Director for Church and Society -CCAP Synod of Livingstonia. He has vast experience in election monitoring and observation in the SADC Region. He has observed elections in DR Congo, Southern Sudan, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. He has also assisted in designing and implementing election projects in his country around 1999, 2004 and 2009 and for the forthcoming 2014 Tripartite elections. He has written and presented papers on issues of good governance, peace and conflict areas, human rights and democracy. He is completing his second Masters in Political Geography at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College. He also holds numerous postgraduate certificates and Diplomas in Human Rights, Project Management, Election and Peace and Conflict Studies. He has held positions at International and national levels as a Chairperson for the SADC Civil Rights Network, SADC Election Support Network, Malawi Election Support Network (MESN), National Integrity Platform-Malawi and Civic and Political Space Platform. He has servd as a Special Law Commissioner for Review of the Republican Constitution in Malawi between 2005 and 2007 and as a Negotiating team member for the Civil Society-Malawi Government Dialogue team during the post 20 July 2011 demonstrations. He is married with three children.
Seder Meal - Celebrating our Judeo-Christian tradition the Westminster community gathers each year to experience the Jewish tradition of Seder. Attendees will move through the parts of the Seder liturgy and share in traditional Jewish Seder foods. The Seder for this academic year will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 beginning at 5:00 PM in the Witherspoon Maple Room. Space is limited to 60 and reservations are required. Reservation request deadline is Tuesday, March 17, 2015. There is no charge for this event, unless you make a reservation and then don't attend, you will then be charged $18.00 for your meal.
Previous Guest Speakers: David Newell aka "Mr. McFeely" from Mister Roger's Neighborhood, Tunch Ilkin (former Pittsburgh Steeler, 1980-1992 and current radio analyst for the Pittsburgh Steelers), Roberto Clemente Jr. (motivational speaker: "Sportsmanship: On a Team, On Your Own"), Rev. Augustin Kabongo (International Peacemaker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Rev. Yousif Matar Kodi (International Peacemaker from Sudan) and Karla Ramos-Amaya (International Peacemaker from El Salvador).
Concerts: David Bailey, Shaded Gray, Induction of Reason, Valley Below and J.D. Eicher.