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SPECTRUM | Student Platform & Chaplaincy Wageningen 
Flourish in Diversity
Newsletter September - October 2021

Hello <<First Name>>, we are so happy to have you!
In the spirit of embracing diversity of cultural, philosophical, and religious background, we have organized some fun and cozy activities this September! Come and join us :) 

Mindfulness Meditation
Every Tuesday (7, 14, 21, 27 September) at 12:30-13:15h
Grassy area between Orion & Atlas
Take a moment to ground yourself in the present moment, calming your body and mind. Open for beginners and advanced practitioners. Until we can use our room inside Orion again, we meet outdoor for the meditation in the area between Orion and Atlas. You can find us near the big trees (underneath the tree on your right hand). For more info, reach us at spectrum.spc@wur.nl.  
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Taizé Prayer
Monday, 13 September 20:00h
in the Arboretum church (August Faliseweg 22, Wageningen)
We have a regular Taizé Prayer every 2nd Monday of the month in the Arboretum Church. Taizé Prayer comprises of meditative service with silence & songs. Open for everyone and it is free of costs. If you want to join us for a simple (vegetarian) meal, please sign up. We start dinner at 19:15. For more information, send an email to josine.vanderhorst@wur.nl. 
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Christian Spirituality
Friday, 17 September at 19:00h
in the Building with the Clock, Loft (top floor, up the wooden stairs) - Generaal Foulkesweg 37 Wageningen
We will be reading & discussing the book by Marcus Borg: The Heart of Christianity. The book is “both challenging and illuminating” according to Karen Armstrong – it seeks to rediscover vital Christianity. We start the evening with a simple (vegetarian) meal at 19:00h. Please sign up to get the link to the book or let us know if you want to borrow the book in hard copy.
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Apple Harvest Party
Saturdays, 2 & 9 September at 11:00h
in the Building with the Clock, Loft (top floor, up the wooden stairs) - Generaal Foulkesweg 37 Wageningen
 
Experience the abundance of nature. Come and harvest your own apples in an organic orchard across the river Rijn! We will have a picnic lunch, please bring along some food for you and a bag for your apples. We will bike together at 11:00 a.m. from the Clockhouse, General Foulkesweg 37. For more information and registration, send an email  spectrum.spc@wur.nl.
Ps. Note that on the 14 & 23 October,  we will use part of the apples in an apple pie (vegan or traditionally Dutch) cooking class.

 
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Inspiration Evening
Tuesdays, 21 September & 19 October at 19:30- 21:00h 
in Arboretum Church (August Faliseweg 22, Wageningen)
Speed reading, word-chunking, diagonal reading, skimming… when studying articles for the university we have learned our techniques to keep a fast pace. Before we know, we automatically find ourselves using the same methods for inspirational and sacred texts.

In our inspiration evenings, we will apply an ancient Christian technique to 'digest' a sacred text and try to listen with all our body and being.  The technique is called 'Lectio Divina' and is a very old Christian Monastic technique in which you read a small part of an inspiring piece of text, slowly and in silence.The text can be anything that speaks to us, for example from Buddhist teachers, mystics, or from the Christian or Hindu tradition. This event is open for everyone and free of costs.

The inspiration evening is a key moment in the month for me. To reconnect to myself and to be in deeper contact with others. To find inspiration and sometimes unexpected meaning from beautiful texts and teachers. Through the guidance and the used meditation technique, I’m always able to receive the wisdom and message that I didn't always know I needed. (A student testimony)

Our chaplain Jeanette den Ouden has worked with the Lectio Divina technique for 15 years and is happy to share her experience with it. For more information, send an email to marloesharkema@gmail.com
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Workshop Series Grief & Writing 
Sundays, 26 September & 31 October at 15:30- 17:30h online
By using small creative writing exercises we will express our stories of grief, give voice to our sadness or pen down our warm memories of loved ones. This can be healing on its own. You can then share your experiences and advice with others as well as learn from them. As everyone deals with grief differently, this can lead to new ideas. You will work from home, have your own safe space to write, and we will share online our personal stories and give voice to feelings of grief. These sessions will be every last Sunday of the month. Open for everyone and free of costs. 

"I really appreciated the workshop. It was such a unique safe and open space to process my emotions. I felt much less lonely in my grieving process, connecting with people going through similar emotions. The writing helped to organize my thoughts and see my situations more clearly. It's also some thing that I can continue to do on my own to process the feelings further. " (a student testimony)

For more information, send an email to marloesharkema@gmail.com
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