A MOVE BY THE DALAI LAMA
The Dalai Lama now says he'll resign as head of the Tibetan government in exile if the violence in Tibet doesn't stop. It's sort of amazing how much trouble this gentle man has been able to give to the rulers of China over the last 49 years. Ideas are mightier than the sword.
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And when you think chapel, you need to think CHAPEL. It's a huge sanctuary, built in the 1960s, on the campus of this school with American Baptist roots. As you might expect, an 11 a.m. service came nowhere close to drawing in a capacity crowd. In fact, the campus pastor who invited me acknowledged that about the only time the place actually is full is in graduation week ceremonies.
But I was struck by a couple of things. First, I almost never think about the fact that people of faith all over the country are engaging in worship activities on weekdays. Oh, I know about -- and have seen -- Muslims praying five times a day. And I know about daily Masses in Catholic churches and so forth. But when such things are generally not part of my own daily schedule (worship for me tends to happen mostly on Sundays), the reality that they're happening elsewhere sort of fades into the background.
The other thing I don't often think about is the variety of chapels on college campuses around the country. I mentioned this briefly here on the blog last year after I attended a wedding in the chapel of Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. But the collection of college chapels is really quite broad and remarkable, ranging from tiny rooms to the huge and almost overwhelming chapel at Duke University.
Well, at the Ottawa chapel service I spoke about God's sense of humor. The congregation wasn't exactly rolling in the aisles but I think folks understood what I was trying to say.
Do you have a favorite college campus chapel? And has that school figured out a way to let people of all faiths use it in a way that respects every religion represented on campus?
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