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Embedded in all of our days, weeks, and years are opportunities to grow deeper in faith and closer in community. And we often take advantage of this special, transitional time of the year to commit to new spiritual habits—to devote time to God and to our spiritual growth.

We have an astounding number of faith resources available in this community among our faculty, staff, students, and guests. So this year, I am launching a spiritual life podcast and blog that will make those resources more widely available across our five schools, in hopes that we can better support and connect to one another in our spiritual lives. It is my hope that the regular messages may encourage and teach you something new on your commute, afternoon walk, or lunch break.

—Sara Barton, University Chaplain

Jennifer Smith

Renewal Series: Wisdom Renews All Things

J. A. T. Smith, Associate Professor of English, reflects on the power of renewal to strengthen relationships, however flawed they may be.

Kevin Wong

Renewal Series: "More Jesus" in a Time of Hate and Unbelonging

Dr. Kevin Wong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, reflects on an experience that reminded him Jesus understands us in this time of pain.

Hattie Pace

Renewal Series: Letting God Renew Me

Junior Hattie Pace connects her relationship with art to her relationship with God, discussing how she remains confident in God’s ever-inspiring and renewing presence.

Natalie Hagedorn

Renewal Series: God Has Not Forgotten

Natalie Hagedorn, Operations Manager for the Student Care Team and Title IX Office, describes how, despite difficult circumstances, she overcame feelings of numbness and realized that God had not forgotten her.

Chalak Richards

Renewal Series: Anticipating the New Thing God is Doing

Dr. Chalak Richards, Assistant Dean for Student Life, Diversity, and Belonging, encourages others to embrace the process of renewal during times of adversity by acknowledging interruptions, developing new visions, and trusting God's plans.