CLU launches Sabbath hour for all faiths
New resources include labyrinth, interfaith texts
An hour previously reserved for a weekly chapel service at California Lutheran University has been revamped as a Sabbath hour when students and staff are encouraged to take time for spiritual rest and reflection in any of a variety of ways.
This fall, to accommodate more classes, the growing university moved its weekly chapel service from the Wednesday morning slot it had held for 43 years to 11:25 a.m. Thursdays. The Office of Campus Ministry used the change as an opportunity to roll out new resources to encourage students and staff to use the hour from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays to hit pause in their busy lives, regardless of their spiritual backgrounds. No classes or official meetings are scheduled during the hour.
A labyrinth for walking and contemplation was recently built behind Samuelson Chapel with support from student groups.
University Pastor Melissa Maxwell-Doherty and former Associated Students of CLU President Jesse McClain added prayer mats, cushions, incense and several sacred texts to the Wennes Interfaith Meditation Chapel, which i