The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life is dedicated to fostering religious understanding and spiritual enhancement within the Denison community. We support experiences for the care and expression of all recognized religious traditions on campus. In celebration of our diversity, we also offer inter-religious experiences and dialogue which are central to the mission of the College.
On-campus religious observances for the spring 2013 semester are as follows:
Purim, March 14, 2014
Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people of the ancient Persian Empire from Haman's plot to annihilate them. It is characterized by the public recitation of the Book of Esther, giving mutual gifts of food and drink, giving charity to the poor, and a celebratory meal; other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration.
Passover Begins, April 14, 2014
Passover is a Jewish and Samaritan holy day and festival commemorating the Exodus from Egypt and the liberation of the Israelites from slavery. Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in accordance with the Hebrew Bible. The Exodus of the Jews from Egypt took place in the spring and so Passover is celebrated in the spring for seven or eight days.
Community-Wide Seder, TBA
The Passover Seder Meal is a Jewish ritual feast held on the first and second nights of the Jewish holiday of Passover. In Israel, the Seder is held only on the first night. Watch for announcements. All members of the Denison community are welcome. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Location: The Open House)
Good Friday Cross Walk, April 18, 2014 - 10:45am
Walk and pray the way of the cross through Granville. Good Friday is the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. It commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Golgatha. (Location: St. Edward's Catholic Church to Swasey Chapel)
Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014
Christians celebrate Easter Sunday day in observance of Jesus Christ rising from the dead three days after his crucifixion.
May Day Celebration, May 1, 2014 - 2:00-4:00pm
A "rites of Spring" event featuring a Maypole dance on the academic quad. Hosted by Denison Religious Understanding. (Location: Academic Quad)