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  • OUCRL Staff | Office of Religious Life | Vanderbilt University
    enjoy sharing time with family and friends travel reading and biking Mike Zimmerman M T S M C P E E Mail Program Coordinator Mike Zimmerman Program Coordinator for the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life is originally from New York but has lived in many places around the US such as Los Angeles San Diego Utah Michigan Arizona and finally settling with his wife Sarah and two children Jonah and Finley here in Nashville Getting his BA in Religious Studies from Madonna University in Livonia Michigan he would come to Vanderbilt to attain his Master s of Theological Studies from our Divinity School Continuing his degree Mike joined Liverpool Hope University and the Maryvale Institute in Liverpool England obtaining another Master s degree in Catholic Pastoral Education As Program Coordinator Mike looks forward to working with all the various religious and social groups on campus as he has made religious diversity a main interest due to his personal history of various faith traditions Kay Tyler E Mail Administrative Assistant Kay Tyler grew up on a family farm in northwest Tennessee and keeps an open cotton boll in her office When asked why It s a reminder when stressed remember the real definition of hard work farmers know it As an adult Kay has lived in Kansas Missouri Indiana and Hawaii Some of her jobs included inventory control Parts Manager for two auto dealerships computer operator and Micrographics Systems supervisor She finally returned to Tennessee in 1986 choosing Nashville A Vanderbilt employee since May 1986 she joined the Office of Religious Life in December 2005 She appreciates the continued opportunities for learning about faith traditions and cultures and enjoys gaining knowledge when assisting the chaplains and religious student groups with programs and events Friends know Kay as an avid reader book collector and promoter of literacy She is a member of the Women s National Book Association WNBA and the Sisters in Crime Nashville chapters When asked for a little known fact she reveals that she and her husband also a Vanderbilt employee are certified KCBS barbeque judges Katy Lucci E Mail Graduate Assistant Katy Lucci is a first year master s student at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University pursuing a M Ed in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs In 2013 Katy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B S in Political Science and Public Policy with a concentration in Education Policy During her time at UNC Katy was heavily involved in Student Government Carolina Leadership Development and the Presbyterian Campus Ministry Katy comes to Vanderbilt after serving as a Presidential Intern for the University of North Carolina General Administration Katy s hometown is Columbus Ohio Clare McDaniel E Mail Office Assistant Clare McDaniel is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt University She is majoring in English with a concentration in Literary Studies and minoring in Women s and Gender Studies Clare is

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  • Programs | Office of Religious Life | Vanderbilt University
    The Chaplain s Speaker Series brings one speaker a semester to help start conversations the University Chaplain and Religious Life want to see happening on campus The Office also provides leadership for Project Dialogue a University wide forum of speakers and events dealing with issues of moral and political concern as well as the Martin Luther King Jr Day of Commemoration and Service the Holocaust Lecture Series and stories of personal faith journey through Sojourner s Quest Academic and Religious Opportunities Many interesting and challenging courses seminars and lecture series are offered through The Department of Religious Studies The Vanderbilt Divinity School GO Programs GriefNet Chaplain s Speaker Series Project Dialogue Holocaust Lecture Series MLK Day of Commemoration and Service President s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge Events Calendar February 2016 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 News Events Quiet and Reflective Spaces at Vanderbilt Religious Dining Accommodations Ash Wednesday Services Islamaphobia in the West Meet a Muslim Islam 101 Islamic Awareness Week Dean s Dinner on Commons World Hijab

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/religiouslife/programs (2016-02-16)
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  • Chaplain’s Speaker Series | Office of Religious Life | Vanderbilt University
    says we ll never know it all and proceeds to explain why We are driven to make sense of the world and our place in it and advances in mathematics and technology from geometry and lenses to calculus and computers have expanded our reach revealing details of the very small and the very large But as that island of knowledge grows Gleiser says so do the shores of our ignorance From Copernicus s proof that the Earth orbited the Sun to Isaac Newton s laws of gravitation and motion and quantum theory s uncertainty principle solutions that solved major problems also made many uncomfortable because they revealed deeper mysteries showing the true vastness of space and time Gleiser covers a broad swath of subjects from cognition and curved space to particle physics superstring theory and multiverses with a thoughtful accessible style that balances philosophy with hard science His island imagery will capture readers imagination as it examines the ideas that unnerve us even as they illuminate our world Gleiser will also be giving the colloquium address in the Department of Physics and Astronomy on Thursday September 25 at 3 00PM in Stevenson 4327 entitled Emergent Complexity in the Universe An Information Entropic Approach The abstract for his colloquium address is as follows From atoms to stars physically bound systems result from the interplay between attractive and repulsive interactions In this lecture I will present a new measure of complexity called Configurational Entropy Inspired by Shannon s information entropy I will show how the configurational entropy encodes information about the shape and the stability of various physical objects and how it can be used as an efficient measure of emerging complexity during nonequilibrium phenomena Applications will include solitons compact astrophysical objects spontaneous symmetry breaking and inflationary cosmology Fyodor Dostoevsky Flannery O Connor Christ Pantocrator with Dr Ralph C Wood On March 11 2014 at 6 30 pm Dr Wood joined us in Vanderbilt University s Benton Chapel Ralph C Wood has served as University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor since 1998 He previously served for 26 years on the faculty of Wake Forest University in Winston Salem North Carolina where he became the John Allen Easley Professor of Religion in 1990 He has also taught at Samford University in Birmingham at Regent College in Vancouver and at Providence College in Rhode Island and has spoken internationally including the Vatican and Notre Dame and most continents At Baylor his main appointment is in the Religion Department but he also teaches in the Great Texts program as well as the Department of English He serves as an editor at large for the Christian Century and as an editorial board member for both the Flannery O Connor Review and Seven An Anglo American Literary Review Dr Wood on his Academic Interests and Research I seek to interpret several of the major literary texts of the West especially from the 19th and 20th centuries from a confessionally Christian angle of vision My aim

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  • GriefNet | Office of Religious Life | Vanderbilt University
    reeling from the death of a loved one in recent weeks or struggling a year or more after a significant loss the GriefNet Support Network will provide a safe non judgmental atmosphere for exploration to nurture and for growth The group experience is not about getting over it but rather will help one grow with it by integrating loss into living Participants are never required to share or participate in any particular group activity but are merely invited to share when it feels right Finally while members will be encouraged to leverage any personal religious or spiritual resources to assist with their grief process we want to make it clear that this support network although sponsored by the Office of Religious Life neither assumes participants are a part of any faith tradition nor will it advocate for any particular beliefs or practices Who can attend GriefNet is open to all undergraduate graduate and professional students currently enrolled at Vanderbilt University There is no charge to participate You may have suffered a recent loss or are still dealing with the effects of a death from long ago There are no time limits on grief or for GriefNet How do I join or get more information Contact GriefNet by E Mail Call the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life at 322 2457 Sponsored by The Office of Religious Life 401 24th Ave South Nashville TN 37240 Phone 615 322 2457 Fax 615 343 8355 Email griefnet vanderbilt edu GO Programs GriefNet Chaplain s Speaker Series Project Dialogue Holocaust Lecture Series MLK Day of Commemoration and Service President s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge Events Calendar February 2016 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

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  • President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge | Office of Religious Life | Vanderbilt University
    different religious and non religious backgrounds tackling community challenges together for example Protestants and Catholics Hindus and Jews and Muslims and non believers building a Habitat for Humanity house together Interfaith service impacts specific community challenges from homelessness to mentoring to the environment while building social capital and civility American colleges community colleges and universities have often been at the forefront of solving our nation s greatest challenges The White House is encouraging institutions of higher education to make the vision for interfaith cooperation and community service a reality on campuses across the country The White House is launching the President s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge an initiative inviting institutions of higher education to commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on campus This programming might take the form of diverse campus groups working together to implement a specific year long service project It might also involve students from a college or University partnering with local religious groups to tackle a specific community challenge together Advancing Interfaith Cooperation and Community Service in Higher Education Click here to see the White House Blog for the interfaith Service Upcoming Events Service Opportunities GO Programs GriefNet Chaplain s Speaker Series Project Dialogue Holocaust Lecture Series MLK Day of Commemoration and Service President s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge Events Calendar February 2016 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 News Events Quiet and Reflective Spaces at Vanderbilt Religious Dining Accommodations Ash Wednesday Services Islamaphobia in the West Meet a Muslim Islam 101 Islamic Awareness Week Dean s Dinner on Commons World Hijab Day Sunday Meditation with the Buddhist Geeks

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  • Past Events | Office of Religious Life | Vanderbilt University
    Faith Traditions Interfaith Council Upcoming Events Past Events Service Opportunities Archives by Month 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Archives by Subject Categories 9 11 WE REMEMBER Chaplain s Speaker Series Holocaust Lecture Series News Project Dialogue Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Commemoration Side Notes UPCOMING EVENT Contact Us Office of the University Chaplain Religious Life 401 24th Ave South Nashville TN 37240 Phone 615 322 2457 Fax

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  • Facilities | Office of Religious Life | Vanderbilt University
    s campus community The Fireside Lounge can accommodate meetings of large groups of people and be used for liesure television viewing and movies Our conference room has space for twenty or more and there is access to a flat screen television that accepts Power Point feed for presentations Our entire building is Wi Fi enabled If you would like to reserve one of our office spaces please give us a call Benton Chapel 444 21st Ave South Nashville TN 37203 Capacity 330 on main floor 110 in Balcony 30 in choir area Benton Chapel is part of the John Frederick Oberlin Divinity Quadrangle built in 1959 and later named to commemorate the 1966 merger of Oberlin College Graduate School of Theology with Vanderbilt Divinity School The Chapel itself is named for John Keith Benton dean of the Divinity School from 1939 to 1956 Harvie Branscomb chancellor from 1946 to 1963 and his wife Margaret are interred in the west wall Reservations for Benton Chapel are made through The Office of Reservations and Events All Faith Chapel A intimate space with no religious icons However there are various ways to control the chapel s lighting as light is a common religious spiritual theme Capacity 60 people Located directly underneath Benton Chapel Ideal for smaller weddings rehearsals quiet reflection and religious worship services The Office of Reservations and Events reserves All Faith Chapel Chairs should be returned to standard pew arrangement if modified during usage Failure to do so may result in additional financial charges Food and drink are not allowed in All Faith with the exception of sacramental elements Initiations and rituals restricted to members of private closed groups are NOT permitted Initiations and rituals open to the public may be permitted with approval from the Director of Religious Life Religious

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  • Benton Chapel | Office of Religious Life | Vanderbilt University
    securing quality stained glass at an affordable price The figure 20 per square foot is mentioned repeatedly in correspondence between Dean Nelson and Robert Harmon Though the artist urged the Dean to allot more of the budget to the chapel s windows all parties involved felt that the glass used in the end was most reasonably priced In one letter Dean Nelson jokingly remarked that compared with the 160 per square foot glass that was used in constructing a window at The Upper room the chapel s stained glass seemed like bargain basement stuff Several other artistic details complete the space on the building s exterior the cornerstone proclaims simply To the glory of God and wrought iron iconography surrounds the walls Two pairs of metal knights each holding swords serve as door handles at the main entrance A pair of statues representing in poignant detail the biblical figures Dismas and Lazarus stand in the foyer and are dedicated to Edwin Mims professor of english literature from 1912 to 1942 On the pulpit are four carved panels each representing an evangelist helping speakers to proclaim the good news Dean Nelson once admitted I have discovered quite by accident that one of the most attractive architectural features of the building is the rounded stairway coming from the ground floor to the chapel Basic considerations for the requirements of a chapel included the installation of a public address system Though this seems an obvious choice for such a large space the sound system was almost omitted While the architects made provisions for the system s incorporation Dean Nelson reported that the faculty felt it an unnecessary addition Sleeth is of the strong opinion that we do not need any such thing at all as professor of preaching he insists that any half way respectable preacher will have the voice adequate to fill that Chapel As to the acoustics he said that is what we have architects for Robert Gwinn responded that though he and the other architects sincerely trust you will develop strong lunged preachers who will be able to fill the Chapel without mechanical aid The PA system is we feel a precautionary measure costing a minimum amount of money Having attended lectures of soft spoken professors in the chapel I am certainly grateful that the architects pragmatic proposal was accepted Dedication ceremonies for the Divinity Quadrangle and Benton Chapel were held on March 20 22 1960 General opinion of the building around the University was unanimously positive Dean Nelson beamed that visitors expressed their appreciation for the design and construction of the building in the most extravagant terms Sidney F Boutwell Assistant Dean of Men commented that the Divinity Quadrangle was a very handsome addition to the campus i in the historical context of the University and the Divinity School the completion of this major building project was eclipsed by a series of events as foundational for the University as the brick and mortar that support Benton Chapel As Benton

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