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Chaplains’ Corner: How rest can build much-needed resilience

Chaplains’ Corner: How rest can build much-needed resilience

April 21, 2021
In the spring semester’s first Chaplains’ Corner piece, Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer notes that as the pandemic has progressed, our community has replaced fear with resilience. Rest is essential for the cultivation of this resilience, she writes.
Chaplains’ Corner: Taking it One Day at at Time

Chaplains’ Corner: Taking it One Day at at Time

December 9, 2020

This is the semester where no one knew what to expect. No one knew what was going to happen. All we had were numerous scenarios. Our planning started with the worst-case — a massive outbreak of COVID-19...

Chaplains’ Corner

Chaplains’ Corner

November 4, 2020

Several weeks ago, I played the song, “The Kingdom of God is Justice and Peace” to a photo montage of the news of the week during a virtual Night Prayer service attended by an assortment of people,...

Letter to the Editor: Chaplains speak to WPD allegations

Letter to the Editor: Chaplains speak to WPD allegations

August 22, 2020

As individuals who live and work in Williamstown, and especially as students and teachers of faith traditions that uphold the dignity of each person, we are appalled by the recent allegations of racial...

Chaplains’ Corner: Appreciation for the scientific method

Chaplains’ Corner: Appreciation for the scientific method

May 13, 2020

Each day I read the news reports, looking for clues to a better understanding of COVID-19. My favorite news sources tend to validate scientific research, while the national discourse seems to question...

Chaplains' Corner: Something new

Chaplains’ Corner: Something new

April 15, 2020

The celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, one of the two most important events in the Christian calendar (Christmas being the other), is both wonderful and challenging. For many, the theological...

Chaplains’ Corner

February 26, 2020

 During this past Thanksgiving, I spent time at a friend’s house, and one of the guests for one of these large Thanksgiving parties fancied himself to be a cynic. Very nice person, but don’t...

Chaplains' Corner: Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer

Chaplains’ Corner: Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer

November 20, 2019

Please, allow me to muse about being a young adult in the Reagan/Bush years. I can’t believe I have become nostalgic for those years! The polarization and divisions in society that we have become accustomed...

Chaplains' Corner

Chaplains’ Corner

September 25, 2019

I was trying to talk myself out of doing anything for 9/11 and found myself still in a strange space still can’t mention her name still anchored to a subculture and a narrative beneath the rubble of...

Chaplain's Corner

Chaplain’s Corner

September 11, 2019

Welcome to the Chaplains’ Office column! We will be writing twice a month, offering reflections on spiritual themes that are inspired through our respective faith journeys and our engagement with thoughts...

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