Students from any religious or non-religious tradition are invited to take part in IWU's inaugural Interfaith Service Day. This "Better Together" event (part of Interfaith Youth Core's national program) will include lunch at the Islamic Center of Bloomington-Normal where students from various traditions and worldviews will share their perspectives on the meaning and purpose of service and social justice, followed by service projects at Western Ave. Community Center, Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, the IWU Peace Garden, and Home Sweet Home Mission. For more information, email Multifaith Ambassador Briana Birt at firstname.lastname@example.org or University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger at email@example.com.
Evelyn Chapel is your place to: explore faith and spirituality, participate in and lead creative worship, engage in multifaith conversation and friendship, discover ways to volunteer and serve in the Bloomington-Normal community, and live out IWU’s mission of social justice.
Check out the Events Page and see what sparks your interest, and let me know if you are interested in helping to plan or lead any of these events. Your participation is needed and welcome, no matter where you are at on your spiritual or religious journey.
Evelyn Chapel is also the new home for Student Volunteerism. Visit the website, fill out the Student Interest Form, and we will work to connect you with meaningful service work here in Bloomington-Normal or beyond! As University Chaplain, I also serve as lead coordinator for Alternative Spring Break. In March 2013, 37 students and 3 staff are partnering with IWU’s student chapter of Habitat for Humanity to take part in Habitat's Collegiate Challenge in Laredo, Texas. For the first time, we also offered a local Alternative Fall Break program from October 18-21, 2012.
As University Chaplain, I also work in partnership with the Council on Religious Life to support all student religious RSOs and the broad diversity of religious life on campus. If you are a part of one of these existing groups, let’s talk about how Evelyn Chapel and other groups can partner together on shared mission and events. And if you are interested in starting a new spiritual and/or religious group, please let me know!
Evelyn Chapel is also a place to just come and be. The Chapel is open seven days a week from 8:00am to 11:00pm. There are always spaces available to study, gather for conversation, or make a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. And I am available to students, faculty, and staff for conversation and support. Just call or email me to make an appointment.
The Office of University Chaplain is a Safe Zone.
Rev. Elyse Nelson Winger
1301 N. Park Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone: (309) 556-3005