Interfaith Chaplaincy

Halloween, Samhain, All Saints/All Souls, and Things That Go Bump in the Night

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Brooks Student Center, Gorham
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Religious and Spiritual Life
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Halloween is more popular every year -- but did you know that it has roots in common with the ancient and contemporary Christian observances of All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and "The Day of the Dead,"  in the ancient Pagan observance of Samhain (pronounced "sow-en")?  Find out more and explore your own ideas about the worlds of the living and the dead!  Pagan Chaplain Rev. Cynthia Jane Collins, Episcopal Chaplain Rev. Shirley Bowen, and Catholic Religious Advisor Ms. Ali Stauble offer an interactive look at these interrelated observances.  

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