Previous Events

Holy Week Events

April 1 - 8, 2012

Sunday, April 1

10 a.m. & 4 p.m. -- Protestant Services with Palms and Communion
1 p.m. -- Catholic Mass with Palms

Monday, April 2

Showing of the PBS Frontline video "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" which is four hours of documentary about the beginnings of the Jesus movement and how it became a world-wide religious experience. Walk by and catch a snippet.
First showing: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Second: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
All day in Beinecke

Tuesday, April 3

5 p.m. -- Freedom Journey: Jewish-Christian Perspecitves
A dinner discussion in the Chapel Loft
We'll discuss some texts and symbols of the Passover Seder and the Last Supper of Jesus and the significance of "the blood of the lamb" and the bread and wine, and the eating of foods representing the reality of slavery in Egypt -- bitter root of affliction, the salty tears, and the mortar used for forced building with bricks... and how do all these symbols point us to the way of freedom? Co-led by Anat Guez and Jeff McArn

Wednesday, April 4

9 p.m. -- Compline Evening Prayer Service
Led by our Adjunct Episcopalian Chaplain, Fr. Tim Reger
30 minute prayer and sacred music by candlelight

Thursday, April 5

5 p.m. -- Maundy / Holy Thursday Remembrance of the Last Supper
Agape meal of bread and wine/ juice
Readings for Tenebrae (shadows) service / Optional footwashing

Friday, April 6

Noon -- Ecumenical Service, Reading of the Passion Narrative
led by Fr. Croghan and Jeff McArn

3 p.m. -- Outdoor Stations of the Cross
14 stations of prayer, reflecting on moments of the crucifixion of Christ, carrying a cross to various locations around campus, beginning on the chapel steps around the main quad down Martin's way by Beinecke and the Pub to the Root Glen and ending in the College Cemetery.

6 p.m. -- Christian Fellowship Large Group Meeting

Saturday, April 7

10 p.m. -- Easter Vigil Service
Beginning with an outdoor fire behind the Glen House with singing and worship at the beginning of the light dawning in the darkness. Candles transfer the light to the Christ candle upstairs in the chapel where volunteers pray and keep vigil over the flame all night until dawn.

Easter Sunday (April 8)

7 a.m. -- Sunrise Service
Meet on Chapel Steps, candle procession to cemetery for sunrise service. Roxanne Bellamy-Campbell offers the message.
Followed by pancake breakfast in the Chapel Loft

10 a.m. -- Joint Easter Service between Protestant Chapel Community at Hamilton
Roxanne Bellamy-Campbell and Jeff McArn offering reflections on the resurrection and the road trip of life.
Followed by Easter Brunch upstairs in the Chapel Loft

1 p.m. -- Easter Mass
Celebrated by Fr. John Croghan

3 p.m. -- Screening of "The Passion of the Christ"
With catering from the Indian restaurant Minar
Sponsored by Hamilton Christian Fellowship

Spirituality 101 Week

January 25 - Feb 6

Thursday, January 26

4 p.m. -- Whirling Dervishes
Come see meditation in motion from the sufi tradition of Islam and try your hand at this practice.
Events Barn

7 p.m. -- Rabbi Sigal: “Everything You Wanted to Know About Kabbalah & Mysticism… But Didn’t Know What to Ask”
Rabbi Sigal will also lead a meditation.
Chapel Loft/ Meditation Room

Friday, January 27

12:15 p.m. – Tour of Court Street Mosque
Introduction to Muslim Jumu’ah Friday Prayers followed by lunch at the Phoenician Middle-Eastern Restaurant • Meet at Campus Safety

5 p.m. -- Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner and Textual Study
Led by Rabbi Sigal • Eells House Dining Room

Saturday, January 28

11 am -- Sh’ma Yoga
An original, creative fusion of yoga flows with Hebrew chants, Pilates, Qugong, music, breath awareness, deep relaxation, Kabbalistic insights, and mystical teachings to energize heart, body, mind, and soul. 
Chapel Loft/ Meditation Room

Sunday, January 29

10 a.m. -- Morning Protestant Service
Roxanne Bellamy-Campbell, Adjunct Chaplain for Multicultural Communities, Advisor. Guest preacher: Melisha Bryant

1 p.m. -- Catholic Mass in the Chapel
Fr. John Croghan, celebrating
Ever wonder what goes on – or what is going on – in a Catholic mass? Come check it out and learn more about the Catholic tradition.

4 p.m. -- Protestant Chapel Service
An introduction to Protestant Christian religion through song, prayer, scriptural lessons, spoken and silent meditations
Pizza & wings following

Wednesday, February 1

5 p.m. -- Zen Sitting with Roshi, Abbot of the Syracuse Zen Center
Followed by dinner and conversation with Roshi.
Chapel Loft/ Meditation Room

Thursday, February 2

4 p.m. -- Open Rehearsal with the Praise and Worship Team for the Sunday Morning Chapel Service.

6 p.m.-- Open Rehearsal with the Gospel Choir

8 p.m. -- Spirituality on Tap with Prof. Nicole Snyder-Lee
“The State of Community Life at Hamilton College”
Little Pub

Friday, February 3

3 p.m. -- Opening Ceremony for Muslim Prayer Room
Reception followed by tour of new wudhu (ablution) station and new prayer room.
Chapel Loft


Hannukah Party

Tuesday, December 6 • 4 p.m.

Azel Backus House

Christmas Vespers 
Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 4 • 4 p.m.

Music by the College Choir, G. Roberts Kolb, Director
Chapel Sanctuary

Hanging of the Greens

Thursday, December 1 • 5 p.m.

Students decorated the chapel for Christmas while enjoying a potluck of holiday music and pizza.


Spirituality on Tap

Thursday November, 17

Special guest Prof. Maurice Isserman engaged the connection of "the meaning of life" and a Hamilton education.
Little Pub

Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner

Wednesday, November 16
Hamilton College Chaplaincy shared an interfaith thanksgiving dinner the Wednesday before break. Dinner was traditional with Kosher and non-Kosher turkeys.
Eells Dining Room

Eid al-Adha

Sunday, November 6

Hamilton students attended the Mosque of Mohawk Valley's Eid ritual prayer at 8 am, at the Twin Bond Golf Course in NY Mills.

Henna Tattoos

November 5 and 6

Muslim Student Association gave students henna tattoos this weekend. Proceeds from the sale were donated to FACEAIDS.

Service of Personal Rememberance

November 2

A personal non-religious service of rememberance in the Chapel. Led by Jeff McArn with music from Bob Ford.


November 2

Over 200 students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Tolles Pavillion to have dinner at the culmination of the Muslim Student Association's annual Fast-o-thon. The event raised over $1,000 which will be donated to drought relief efforts in East Africa.



Trust Treat

October 31

Trust Treat is a Halloween celebration bringing children from the Utica area, as well as the children of Hamilton faculty, staff, administration, and maintenance and operation employees, to Hamilton College for a safe and fun evening of trick-or-treating.
[news story]


Gospel Choir Workshop
"The Passing of the Storm"

October 21-22

A weekend of gospel music with 'Chief' Menifee. Just short of 40 Students, faculty, staff, and community members got together with professional musicians to learn several songs. The workshop culminated with a performance/worship service for another 50 people.

Gospel Band and Community Gospel Choir made up of local church and college choirs from Wells, Utica, & Hamilton College and others. Free and open to the public.
[news story]

Intervarsity Expedition

October 21-23

Hamilton College Christian Fellowship attended Intervarsity Christian Fellowship's retreat, Expedition 2011. The retreat was in Liverpool, NY, just north of Syracuse.

Jewish High Holidays

for the year 5772
Rosh Hashanah: September 28-30
Yom Kippur: October 7-8
Sukkot: October 12 - 20

Services and meals for the Jewish High Holidays, complete with a Sukka, spanned from late September through mid October.



September 11 at the Chapel

Sunday, September 11, Jeff McArn led a special memorial service in honor of Patriots Day. Roxanne Bellamy sang and meditated on the occasion. The Chaplaincy also sponsored a candlelight vigil and a memorial wall. [news story]



Orientation Events

Sunday, August 21

Noon—Hillel Bagel Brunch in Azel Backus House with Jewish Chaplain Anat Guez

1 pm— Catholic Mass with Catholic Chaplain Fr. John Croghan in the Chapel

4 pm — Community Chapel with College Chaplain Jeff McArn
BBQ following the service on the chapel lawn

Tuesday, August 23

9:15 pm—Fire and Ice... Cream
Come meet all the chaplains and student leaders of our spiritual life groups. Look for the bonfire behind the Glen House. Roast a marshmallow. Savor a s'more. Chill with some ice cream. Then off you go to Open Mic in the Annex next door.