Religious Life Leadership Opportunities
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
—John Quincy Adams
Chapel Council provides an opportunity for students to contribute to the planning of our All-Denominational Christian Chapel Program, Ecclesia. This leadership group assists University Chaplain, Reverend Mark R. Orten, with designing worship services and related programs, such as Bible Studies, the Lessons and Carols Christmas Service, Easter Paschal Vigil, and retreats. Professor Kevin N. Wines of Denison's Music Department serves as the Music Director of Ecclesia and, through this role, is also a member of Chapel Council.
The Elder Council
"Elder Council" is the governing body of the Denison Religious Understanding multi-faith dialogue program. This group of committed students is led by Chaplain Mark Orten and student interns or "Pipe Bearers" in keeping DRU going strong.
Elder Council's responsibilities are wide-ranging, including oversight of nearly every aspect of Monday discussions, from ordering food to setting up the room to creating topics and moderating discussion. Other roles include working to improve communication between various religious groups on campus, running annual events such as Interfaith Week and the Maypole Celebration, and coordinating DRU's other events, programs, speakers, and retreats.
If you're interested in joining Elder Council, or have questions or suggestions for us, please don't hesitate to contact our Pipe Bearers.
Religious Life Advisory Board (R-LAB)
The Religious Life Advisory Board (R-LAB) was initiated in 2007 to aid in maintaining a pulse on the campus climate with regard to religion and, based on this, to determine needs and advise the Chaplain on future programming. R-LAB is comprised of representatives from the student body, teaching faculty, administrative staff and support staff. As well, a leader from each of the student religious organizations is designated to serve in this capacity. This level of representation allows for valuable input about what is currently in place, as well as specific needs on campus.
If you are interested in becoming active on R-LAB, please contact Mark R. Orten, University Chaplain.