The Story of the Student Chaplain Program Continues…

(If you haven’t read Part 1 click here before continuing on.)

Rev. Loretta Reynolds

Rev. Loretta Reynolds

Acquiring 17 primary labor positions was somewhat of a miracle so we knew we had to make the very best of the gifts we had been given.  In the fall of 1998, I was hired to work as a bridge between the Campus Christian Center and the Collegium (Residence Life professionals) and assumed the position of Student Chaplain supervisor upon Rev. Lee’s retirement.  Graciously, Rev. Lee shared the materials he had used for training.  I am so thankful I didn’t have to start from scratch!  The new primary job position was supported by the Campus Christian Center budget and while I was designated as the labor supervisor, the Student Chaplains also worked as Residence Assistants (RAs).   This meant they received training from the CCC and Residence Life, alternated between the 2 departments for labor meetings, and also reported to their Collegium member.  We had to figure out how this shared position would work so we started with 9 Student Chaplain/RAs the first year.  Through trial and error, patience, and shared effort, within 3 years we worked up to the full 17-member team, with a Student Chaplain in every residence hall! Continue reading The Story of the Student Chaplain Program Continues…

The Student Chaplain Program: In the Beginning…

Rev. Loretta Reynolds

I am proud of the work of the Campus Christian Center on so many levels.  But, among the best things we do is the Student Chaplain Program.  These dedicated students work all over campus providing spiritual programs, pastoral care, peer counseling, interfaith education and conversation.  They plan and participate in weekly chapel services and contribute to College ceremonies.  Often the services they provide are in the background as they quietly attend to student needs and build bridges for students to access the professional assistance they may need to succeed in college.  The work they, and their supervisors, do may go unnoticed so I want to take this opportunity to tell a story about this pretty amazing program.  As I began to do research for this blog, I found that the conception of this program goes much farther back than I knew.  So, let’s start at the very beginning…

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