Religious Life | Program Calendar
Worship and Celebration
"Get Centred" is a weekly half-hour service of contemplative Christian worship in the candlelit sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church on campus every Sunday night from 10:00 - 10:30 pm.
MeditationCentre is a weekly meditation group of Centre faculty, staff and students interested in incorporating meditation and contemplative practice into daily life. The group, related to the Contemplative Studies Initiative funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and Associated Colleges of the South, is led by professors Aaron Godlasky, Christian Haskett, and Kyle Anderson. For more information click http://meditationcentre.centre.edu/.
Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, held at the Presbyterian Church of Danville. This year, the service will be on December 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm.
Habitat for Humanity holds Saturday workdays from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon. To get involved contact Kari Anderson.
The Centre community offers a wide variety of religious groups that provide great opportunities for prayer, study, discussion, inspiration, and fellowship. Click here for meeting times of Baptist Campus Ministries, Centre Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Jewish Student Organization, Muslim Student Association, MeditationCentre, Newman Club (Catholic), and "Thinking about Faith."
CentreFaith is a campus organization made up of members of diverse faith traditions committed to fostering religious understanding on campus. To find out more about CentreFaith programs contact Bill Williamson.
October 30, 5:00 pm - What is Candomblé?
Join members of Balé Folclorico de Bahia for a discussion of the Afro Brazilian religion, Candomblé. The presentation will be followed by the Norton Center presentation of Balé Folclorico de Bahia at 7:30 p.m. in Newlin Hall.
CentrePeace is a campus organization dedicated to promoting discussion of issues related to peace and justice. To learn more about CentrePeace, contact officers Shelby Gregory, Kelcey Allen. For CentrePeace history click here.
CentrePeace Programs for 2013
September 10, 7:30 pm, Campus Center Room 201
Introductory meeting and film, "The Story of Stuff"
September 24, 6:00 pm, Campus Center Room 201
Paige Coomer will speak about her summer Shepherd internship with, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, an effective statewide community organizing network. Learn about mountaintop removal, environmental and labor issues in Appalachia, and how you can be involved.
October 2, 8:00 pm, Ewen Meeting Room, Campus Center
Little Town of Bethlehem. Join CentrePeace, CentreFaith, JSO and MSA for viewing this movie about Jewish, Christian, Muslim relations in Bethlehem. Discussion to follow with hummus and falafel.
November 5, 2013, 11:30-12:30—"Religion and Human Rights in Latin America" Luncheon Series
Colombia's Energy Future: Coal, the Environment and Labor
Anibal Perez is a Colombian activist who made public the January 13, 2013 Drummond coal spill in Colombia. Perez was a port employee of Drummond who sent publicized photos of the sinking Drummond barge, after which Drummond filed a report on the spill. Perez discusses the ensuing strike of Colombian mine, port and rail workers that made international headlines, and the resulting investigation into Drummond's environmental and labor practices, which precipitated death threats to Anibal's family. He contextualizes the struggle of the Association of Ex-Drummond Port Employees with discussion of Colombia's role in the global economy, the operations of multinational corporations, the environmental consequences of energy choices, the quest for just labor practices, and Colombia's ongoing civil conflict. Our speaker has a powerful personal narrative to tell a story that connects to the debate about coal in our own state.
November 18-22, 2013 - Poverty and Homelessness Week
November 19, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Vahlkamp Theater
Convocation: Poverty, Homelessness and Health Care
The Convocation that kicks off Centre's annual Poverty and Homelessness Week features Centre graduate Roberston Nash (1983). Nash will discuss the unique intersections between homelessness and health care. Focusing on what the World Health Organization calls "social determinants of health," the program clarifies why we can't talk about homelessness without acknowledging the social context within which we attempt to survive and thrive, and the physical toll that social exclusion places on marginalized people. His talk is based on extensive experience as a Nurse Practictioner in Nashville's largest charitable provider of care to the city's homeless population, as a treatment coordinator for HIV/AIDS patients at the Comprehensive Care Center at Vanderbilt Medical Center, and as a volunteer at Vanderbilts's free Shade Tree Clinic.
November 23-24, 2013 - Vigil at the School of the Americas
Travel with members of CentrePeace to the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia for a vigil that commemorates the assassination of 6 Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter by graduates of this U.S. Army school that has trained Latin American militaries and paramilitaries.
Prayer in Motion
At the corner of Walnut and College Streets in the park adjacent to the Church, Centre College and the Presbyterian Church share a labyrinth
A labyrinth is a large circle with a single path that winds back and forth moving alternately toward and away from the center, covering every quadrant, leading ultimately to a central prayer circle. The labyrinth is a metaphor for our spiritual journey. To walk the labyrinth is to make a pilgrimage and to be present to and with God, ourselves, and others. It allows us to bring our whole being into the experience, worshipping with our bodies as well as our hearts and minds.
Our labyrinth is modeled after one set into the floor of Chartres Cathedral in Frances (built between 1194 and 1220 CE). It offered a safe alternative to the practice of pilgrimage to the Holy Land to those for whom such travel was dangerous or impossible. Today, the spiritual practice of walking the labyrinth is being revived all over the world. For more information see www.labyrinthsociety.org or www.danvillelabyrinth.org.