Interfaith Chaplaincy

Grief and Mourning Rituails: Religious and Spiritual Perspectives

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Woodbury Campus Center Amphitheater, Portland Campus
Contact Name: 
Sarah Holmes
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Grief and Mourning Rituals: Religious and Spiritual Perspectives

Presented by the USM Religious and Spiritual Life Council

Grief affects us all.  But do we all grieve the same way when a loved one dies, a relationship ends, or when we face other types of losses in our life?  How do our religious or spiritual values affect how we grieve?  Do religious and spiritual beliefs necessarily bring comfort and clarity in times of loss or could they also bring us pain and confusion?  What rituals and practices do different religions and spiritual traditions offer to support their followers?

Religious and Spiritual Life Updates - Fall 2013

Religious and Spiritual Life Updates - Fall 2013


With the recent retirement of Andrea Thompson McCall, there have been some changes with USM's Religious and Spiritual Life program (previously known as the Interfaith Chaplaincy).

Previously located in the historic Deering Farmhouse at 23 Brighton Ave, the program is now housed within Portland Student Life in the Woodbury Campus Center.  The chaplains and advisors have formed the Religious and Spiritual Life Council, chaired by Rabbi Hillel Katzir and Rev. Rus Willette.  Sarah Holmes, Assistant Director for Student Life and Diversity, will be serving as the administrative liaison for the Council.

Additionally, there is a new meditation and interfaith prayer room in Portland Student Life, that students, faculty, and staff may access during regular business hours.

Any help that you could provide in helping students connect with our programs in our new home, would be greatly appreciated.


Sarah Holmes, Administrative Liasion

Rabbi Hillel Katzir and Rev. Rus Willette, Council Co-Chairs