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Rest & Renew

January 29 – February 26, 2023

Tired of being tired and feeling uninspired?  

Rest and Renew with RSL this Winter Quarter to restdreamresist, and imagine together as a community.   

The only prerequisite is that you are t-i-r-e-d. Rest is your right, not a privilege. 

We begin the cosmic nap on January 29.

Rest & Renew Calendar

Events and Programming 

Rest & Renew Welcome Back Brunch & Retreat - Jan 29

January 29 | Alice Millar Chapel & Parkes Hall 

Kick-off Brunch Program  | 11am-12:15pm 

Rest & Renewal Retreat | 12:15-3:00pm 

Let's begin the cosmic nap together with a kick-off brunch program in Alice Millar Chapel featuring the Chapel Choir. Jammies encouraged! After the brunch, a student and staff co-curated retreat will offer workshops on the Rest & Renewal themes of rest, dream, resist, and imagine. Come for the brunch and/or stay for the retreat! Register for the brunch here and register for the retreat here.

Spirituality Reading Series - Fridays starting Feb 3

Fridays at 3 pm | The Reflection Room at The Black House

Religious and Spiritual Life invites the Northwestern community to Rest & Renew this winter quarter and Black History Month as we engage with Tricia Hersey's text, Rest is Resistance. Let us lean into rest, and Hersey's own influences from Womanist (theology) and Afrofuturist thought; as it informs the practice of prioritizing rest as "resistance" and "reparations." 

Join us Fridays at 3:00pm CST, starting February 3rd in the Reflection Lounge at The Black House (1914 Sheridan Road).  

Please register by Monday, January 23rd   

Registered participants will receive the following: 

  • A hardcopy of the book, Rest is Resistance, and/or digital access to the text; 
  • Weekly snacks and community with facilitated dialogue; 
  • A special invitation to the Rest and Renew brunch and retreat, on Sunday, January 29th  

Upon registration, participants will receive a detailed email with information regarding book pick-up (or digital access). 

Should you have any comments or questions, feel free to share them with: Rev. D'ana (, and Gerpha (

Walk The Labyrinth - Mondays Jan 30 to Feb 20

Mondays January 30 – February 20 | 10 AM - 9 PM | Parkes 122 

January 30: Join us from 6-7:30pm for a Guided Community Labyrinth Walk with Lucy London 

February 6, 13, and 20: Labyrinth hosts will be available from 6-8pm each Monday to help curate your own walking experience. 

Sound Meditation - February 10

February 10 | 4-5pm | Alice Millar Chapel  

Join the Drop-In Meditation Community for a unique meditation experience. Sound Mediation is a sonic contemplative practice which uses a variety of instruments (gongs, crystal singing bowls, Tibetan bowls, etc.) to revitalize your body through sound and vibration. All you need to do is lay on your back, cover up with a blanket, melt into a mat, and immerse yourself in gentle waves of ambient sounds in the amazing splendor of Alice Millar Chapel. Led by Preston Klik, Evanston's own Gong Whisperer! 

Black History Month Worship Service - February 19

Sunday, February 19 | 11:00 am | Alice Millar Chapel 
Unspeakable Joy,” will be a worship experience that honors the Black Sacred in worship, liturgy, music, and prayer. We would like to invite the Northwestern community to join us for fellowship after the service for a soul food brunch. Our guest preacher for this service is retired Presiding Elder Rev. Dr. Elaine P. Gordon of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 4th Episcopal District. Alice Millar Chapel is located at 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208.

Register for brunch here



The Suite Spot - Thursdays

Thursdays February 2 – February 23 | 3:30PM – 4:30PM | Parkes 120 

Join RSL staff and special invited student organizations for a time of community-building, laid-back conversation, and refreshments every Thursday from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Parkes 120. We hope to see you there! 

Hosted by: 

February 2 - AAIV 

February 9 - Impact 

February 16 – OM & YUVA 

February 23 – MENA & PSA

Jumu'ah Prayer - Fridays

Fridays | 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm | RSL Social Hall (Parkes Hall 122)

Join us weekly for congregational Jumu'ah prayers every Friday.

Jumu'ah is an opportunity to fulfill a ritual practice of service within the Muslim tradition and engage with peers across campus.

Drop-in Meditation - Fridays

Fridays | 4:00 pm | Multi-Belief Space (Parkes 204)
Join the student meditation community from 4 PM to 4:30 PM. These sessions are for any level of experience and help develop a new meditation habit, expand your current practice, and connect with others!

Vedanta Satsang - Sundays

Sundays | 7:00 pm | Parkes Hall

Join Chaplain Amar Shah for classes on self-improvement and living healthier happier lives, using the language of Vedanta (the philosophical portions of Hinduism).

Campus Religious Centers Weekly Events

Sheil Catholic Center

Sunday Mass | 9:30 am, 11 am, 5 pm | Sheil Catholic Center, 2110 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201

Daily Mass | 5 pm Mon-Fri | Sheil Catholic Center

Harbor: Midweek Worship on Wednesdays | 8 pm | Sheil Catholic Center

Northwestern Hillel

Friday Shabbat service and dinner | 5:30 pm | Northwestern Hillel, 629 Foster Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Lutheran Campus Ministry

Sunday Worship | 11 am | LCMNU, 2204 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

Wednesday Supper Worship | 6-6:45 pm | LCMNU

21theo on Wednesdays | 7-8 pm | LCMNU

University Christian Ministry

Sunday Gathering | 5 pm | UCM, 1834 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201