Humans of Syria Exhibit Continues

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This is the last week to view the Humans of Syria Exhibit currently up in the Chapel’s Sanctuary.

Humans of Syria is a volunteer-run project aimed at introducing the world to the people of Syria, documenting and publishing stories from behind the battle lines, and bearing witness to the human details that are obscured in a barrage of statistics and conflict zone reporting.

We would like to thank HOS volunteers for their efforts, HOS team, HOS collaborators and friends and everyone who contributed to the success of our project. The printing of these museum-quality photographs was done, in part, thanks to a grant from the At Work in the World Endowment at The Chapel.

Open Gallery Dates and Times: 

Sunday 5/1 3-6 pm
Monday 5/2 12-3 pm
Wednesday 5/4 3-6 pm
Friday 5/6 5-8 pm

For information or private group viewings:
Contact Kelly Grabianowski
kgrab20@yahoo.com

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Chapel Endowment Grant Supports Students at Dar al Kalima University

Dear Friends of the Chapel’s Endowment Team:

We, at the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Bright Stars of Bethlehem are so grateful for the support you have provided to the Scholarship Fund at Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture.  Your $2,000 gift from the Faith at Work Endowment Fund of University Chapel of Berkeley will support more than a semester’s expenses for one full-time student….
Easter blessings,
Martha Meyer,
Regional Representative, Bright Stars of Bethlehem

About Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture:

The student body reflects the social, economic and religious diversity of the Palestinian community. While most students primarily come from different parts of the Bethlehem region including Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and nearby refugee camps, more and more students are enrolling from villages and communities throughout the West Bank. Generally, the student population is 60% Muslim and 40% Christian.

The faculty of the school reflects the diversity of the student body. The instructors are well-trained and use progressive teaching methodologies to bring art, music, acting writing, photography, film, tourism, culinary, information technology and a host of other skills to life.
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More than half of the Palestinian population is under the age of 19. Current projections indicate that the overall population is expected to grow by at least 3.2% a year for the next 10 years.  Should there be no expansion of the education system to absorb these growing numbers, a significant number of gifted young people in Palestine will have nowhere to further their education beyond the 12th grade and will have extremely limited opportunities in finding employment.

Dar Al-Kalima University is a direct answer to the current shortage of higher education institutions in Palestine. It is a beacon of hope for future generations. Dar Al-Kalima University is committed to building a culture of democracy, critical thinking, and free expression, thus contributing to the strengthening of the civil society in Palestine.

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Holy Week @ The Chapel

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Triduum – Three days of prayer
Join us at the Chapel this week for a full schedule of liturgy marking the last days, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus.

Maundy Thursday: 6pm (Soup meal) – 7pm liturgy
Good Friday: 7pm liturgy
Saturday Vigil: 9pm liturgy & midnight afterparty
Easter Sunday: 10:30 am (come early for pastries & coffee)
Since at least the 4th century, Christians have used three days for a passover festival — Pascua (Spanish), Easter (English). It’s one liturgy spread out over three days — Maundy Thursday (March 24th), Good Friday (March 25th), and the first Eucharist at the Easter Vigil (March 26th).

maundy thursdayThe liturgy of the Triduum (three days) begins on Maundy Thursday with an act of confession and absolution that concludes the season of Lent and prepares everyone for baptismal renewal of Easter. We have revived the practice of the footwashing, reiterating Jesus’ sign of communal love. Mandatum, the command to love, is the source of the term Maundy. The Eucharist recalls Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before his death. The service concludes with a stripping of the worship space of all adornment, in preparation for Good Friday.

The Good Friday liturgy invites everyone gathered to show reverence for the cross, on which was hung the Savior of the whole good fridayworld. In reverencing the cross, in bringing a rough-hewn instrument of death into the room, we are not giving praise to death and destruction. Quite the opposite. By drawing near this cross, we recall that much of the world is on a cross, also suffering and dying. When we show honor to this wood, we pray for all who are in pain.

easter vigilForgotten by most Christians for about 1400 years, the Easter Vigil is being restored to its place as the central worship service of the year. We gather outside to light the great fire, praising the risen Christ as our light. We unveil a new paschal candle designed for the occasion by Jill Salmon and sing for the first time a new Exultet, commissioned from Ricky Manalo. Then, we sit to hear beloved stories, inspiring poems, and delightful tales about the story of salvation — God’s activity in the world through “all the wrong people,” or as Pr. Nadia has said, God’s “accidental saints.” We splash in the water of the font and thank God for baptism. We process around the block pausing to sing about the saints and return to hear ancient words from Hippolytus. And finally we conclude our three-day Triduum liturgy with a homily by Sara Schultz and Eucharist around a table where we use a prayer of thanksgiving from Martin Espada (from the Anti-racism symposium), and once more utter a word buried in our hearts since the beginning of Lent — our Alleluia song of praise. Don’t forget to bring brunch foods for the Vigil Afterparty!

And finally, on Sunday morning at we gather at 10:30 am for our second celebration of the Resurrection using the ancient practice of Hippolytus of Rome (eucharist with bread, wine, milk & honey, cheese, water, oil, and olives). Bring bells with you to ring every time we speak again the word we have given up during Lent!

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