Online Care & Spirituality Resources
Dear Baylor Family,
We are missing you here at Baylor and we are sorry that we’re not able to connect with you on campus and especially at the Bobo Spiritual Life Center. Although the Baylor community is now scattered, we are comforted by the fact that we still belong to one another and are bound together by our faith and by God’s immanent presence. Please know that we will be praying for you and we are here to walk with you through this challenging time.
You can reach us at 254-710-3517, via e-mail, and learn more about helpful resources during this time on this page.
God’s peace to you all,
Burt Burleson, University Chaplain
Pastoral Care Team
Pastoral Care is a ministry of compassion and guidance; given the many challenges we are facing today,students, staff, and faculty can benefit by speaking with a minister from time to time. Our resident chaplains are on-campus ministers living in each residence hall to care for that specific community; they are still available during this time, even as we are being asked to physically distance ourselves from one another. They can be reached via email or phone and are ready to talk and pray with you.
Kristen Richardson, the director of pastoral care, is also here for our Baylor community. Please reach out - they are here for you.
During this time, we will continue to use our social media platforms to connect the #BaylorFamily, provide updates on our programs, and offer resources to nurture your spiritual growth and practice.
Please follow us to stay connected:
Baylor Chapel on Instagram, Facebook, and Vimeo - new videos from the Spring Chapel Series will be available on all platforms on M & W
@buspirituallife Twitter & Instagram | @bumissions Twitter & Instagram
#Mindfulness Monday - On Mondays throughout the remainder of the semester our main social media account (@buspirituallife) will be sharing mindfulness practices to help you slow down and become more aware of the present moment. We'll be collecting all the practices here; please feel free to use these as a resource for your community.
During times of heightened anxiety and uncertainty, prayer is a comfort and a testament of faith. We've asked the #BaylorFamily to share their prayers with one another using #buprayerwall on Twitter so that we can unite and lift one another up in prayer.
2. Follow #BUPrayerWall tweets
3. Retweet to share prayers.
A Listening Care Package
Music has a special way of uplifting our spirits, and fostering shared experiences with each other. With this in mind, Spiritual Life has compiled a list of Spotify music playlists to keep you lifted, focused, relaxed, or whatever you need, any day of the week. Tune in here!
- For those yearning for some levity, Ross Gay reminds us that joy and delight are exactly the balm we must offer ourselves in difficult times. “Joy [is] the labor that will make the life that I want possible,” he says. “It is not at all puzzling to me that joy is possible in the midst of difficulty.” To choose to soften to delight, despite any heaviness looming in the air, is to keep ourselves afloat. And if your experience with social distancing feels as monotonous as the endlessly repeating day in the movie Groundhog Day, Naomi Alderman shares with good humor a practice for savoring the routines we come to take for granted.
- For those who feel helpless or burnt out by the ceaseless news updates, Joan Halifax’s wisdom is to make space for rest and respite in the face of overwhelming events. “When we are more stabilized, then we can face the world with more buoyancy. We have more resilience,” she says.
- For those feeling a more tenuous grief around the next few months, Pauline Boss’s work on ambiguous loss and the illusion of closure may be comforting to hear. “There is no such thing as closure,” she says. “We have to live with loss, clear or ambiguous. And it’s OK.” You may also find solace in Joy Harjo’s poetry — to “Praise crazy. Praise sad. / Praise the path on which we’re led.”
- For those practicing hope, Rebecca Solnit’s wisdom may provide some perspective. “Hope, for me, just means … coming to terms with the fact that we don’t know what will happen and that there’s maybe room for us to intervene.”
Pray the Bear Trail - now Online!
Take a walk...virtually. We're bringing the bear trail to you! Now you can take a moment anywhere to connect your mind, heart, and body through intentional focus and with the familiar praying the bear trail signs to guide you in meditative activity. Access the Online Bear Trail here.