40 Days: An Invitation to Reflection & Renewal
February 1 – March 11
40 Days is our annual series of programs and opportunities designed to create an intentional time and space to renew, reflect, and become more aware of one's self and those around them. Inspired by practices of many spiritual traditions to set aside a portion of the year for reflection, this program invites all of any or no particular spiritual tradition to be nourished by these events.
40 DAYS CALENDAR
- Use the 40 Days calendar to find a message, spiritual exercise, or event to nourish your whole being during this time for renewal.
- We'll put up a new Instastory post up every day. Follow us @rsl_40days
SOUP & SUBSTANCE
- Each Wednesday beginning February 5 | 12-1pm in Parkes 120
- Participants gather over a simple meal of soup and bread while sharing in brief reflections from a variety of spiritual and sacred sources guided by campus leaders. Please note that there is no program on February 26 but a community lunch will be shared at 12:45pm. No sign up necessary.
- February 5 | Jason Mohn, Associate Chaplain
- February 12 | Michael Simon, Executive Director, Northwestern Hillel
- February 19 | Aaron Golding, Assistant Director-Native American Content Expert,
Campus Inclusion & Community
- March 4 | Jasmine Gurneau, Program Administrator, Office of the Provost
- February 20 | 12-1:00pm in Parkes 120
- Zentangle is a spiritual approach to inspired drawing for all of little or great visual artistry skill that sparks creativity, increases focus, and promotes relaxation. In this one hour workshop guided by Valerie Reilly, certified Zentangle teacher, you will learn the basics of this practice: the dots, string, simple "tangles" and shading to produce a beautiful frameable, gift-able work of art. A vegetarian boxed lunch will be available for all to take after the program.
- Sign up @ bit.ly/nusoulfood
SPIRITUALITY READING SERIES
- March 4 | 4-5pm in Parkes 120
- Participants of this program will receive Halal If You Hear Me edited by Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo free of charge and gather once over samosas & chai for an engaging discussion. This poignant and challenging collection of short essays and poems explores the identity of what it means to be Muslim and also compels the reader to understand their own sense of belonging and multiple intersections of their own identity. Facilitated by Tahera Ahmad, Associate Chaplain & Eric Budzynski, Associate Director of Religious & Spiritual Life.
- Sign up @ bit.ly/readingseriesnu
WALK THE LABYRINTH
- Each Tuesday starting February 4 | 9am -5pm @ Parkes 122
- Let this ancient tradition help you find your own path to the center as you walk an actual labyrinth. A minimum of 20 minutes is encouraged for this self-guided experience.
DONATE TOYS & SUPPLIES TO GALE ELEMENTARY
- Monday February 24- Friday, March 13
- Gale Elementary is our nearest Chicago Public School and one of Northwestern's community partners through the Office of Leadership Development & Community Engagement. We're looking to support Gale's Pre-K through 8th Grade students with a school and toy supply drive for cool school supplies, toys, games, and books that any student in this age group may enjoy!
- Donations can be brought to:
- Alice Millar Chapel (Parkes Hall)
- The Source (Norris Floor 3)
- The Wellness Suite (Henry Crown Sports Pavillion, Floor 1 by Elevator A)
- Multicultural Center (1936 Sheridan Rd)
- Student Enrichment Services (Foster-Walker House 6)
- Northwestern Career Advancement (620 Lincoln St)
- School of Education & Social Policy (Annenberg Room 123)
- Mudd Library (by Elevators on Floor 2)
- Main Library (across from the Information Commons desk)