ACTIVE GROUPS (2015-16)
Goucher Christian Fellowship
Goucher Christian Fellowship (GCF) is community with a mission. We're affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a national para-church ministry whose vision is to see lives transformed, campuses renewed and world changers developed. GCF hosts regular Bible studies, prayer meetings, spiritual discussions, service projects, weekend retreats and social events. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning about God, exploring spirituality, or growing in faith. GCF members attend a variety of churches in the area and are glad to help individuals searching for a church home.
Staff: Eden Freishtat firstname.lastname@example.org
Student leaders: Sydney Harmon, Natalie Guajardo, Audrey Gutierrez
Goucher Hillel is the central address for Jewish life at Goucher College. Goucher Hillel empowers Jewish students to advance their own Jewish journeys and inspires all Goucher students to lead lives of meaning and impact. Through Goucher Hillel, students find shabbat and holiday celebrations; ways to actively pursue social justice, Jewish learning & spiritual growth; opportunities to grow as leaders; dynamic connections with Jewish culture, the Jewish people, and Israel; a full-service kosher dining hall; and a link to events and resources in the wider Baltimore Jewish community and around the globe. Goucher Hillel events are student-driven and open to all members of the Goucher community, regardless of faith or background.
Program Staff: Rabbi Josh Snyder, Executive Director, 410-337-6545 or email@example.com; Rachel Plotkin, Jewish Student Life Coordinator, 410-337-6404; Karin Hasin, Israel Engagement Coordinator, 410-337-6404; Lola Hahn, Development Director, 410-843-7450.
Student Co-Presidents for 2015-16: Sammy Eisenberg and David Sibony. For more information, visit our website at www.goucherhillel.com
Chabad is a "home away from home" for the Jewish student at Goucher. The highlight of the week is the Shabbat dinner, which provides students with an intimate setting to eat, meet new friends, and celebrate Shabbat in a spiritually and intellectually stimulating ambience. Everything Chabad does at Goucher - from its weekly Torah classes in Kabbalah/Chassidic philosophy, Talmud, or the five Books of Moses, to social events and holiday programming - is designed to enable students to strengthen their Jewish identity. For more information, contact (410) 825-0779, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.jewishtowson.com.
Staff: Rebbe Mendy Rivkin
Quaker Meeting For Worship
Quaker Meeting for Worship is held weekly for any interested community members. Meeting is unprogrammed but will occasionally involve worship sharing on concerns of the Goucher community or queries from Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Silent meetings are an opportunity for quiet prayer, meditation or reflection and are open to those with and without experience with Quakerism and to people of all faith commitments. Questions about Quakerism are always welcome as well!
Times vary; contact Ann for information. Feel free to arrive late or leave early, as your schedule allows.
Adviser: Ann Duncan
Goucher Meditation Club
The Goucher Meditation Club (http://phoenix.goucher.edu/~justin/meditation) meets weekly to practice mindfulness meditation (shamatha). We practice in the Chapel on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30.m., with sessions consisting of 25 minutes of sitting meditation followed by 10 minutes of walking meditation and another 25 minutes of sitting. Instruction is available on request, and no experience is required. All are welcome!
Advisor: Justin Brody (on sabbatical fall 2015)
Student leader: Justin Clitheroe
Christian Centering Prayer
Centering prayer is a combination of silent meditation and prayer. It is aimed at finding an interior silence where one can talk to God. This method of prayer is used to facilitate a stronger relationship with God and to develop a discipline of "listening" to and for God. It helps people to reduce their own internal obstacles (whether psychological or emotional) so that they can be sensitive to the delicate inspirations of the Holy Spirit, which leads them to contemplative prayer. It is grounded in the relationship with God, through Christ, and it is a practice to nurture that relationship. Centering Prayer is offered Mondays 3:30-3:50 pm (with an optional info session at 3:15 pm) in the Chapel Undercroft and Wednesdays 4:30-4:50 (with the optional info session at 4:15 pm) in the Chapel.
Student Leader: Ryan Salamony
Advisor: Cynthia Terry
Student leader: Leena Mazid
Unitarian Universalist Students
And yet again, we don't have a UU student group but there are lots of UUs here. Contact Cynthia Terry or student Kate Longabaugh to get connected.