Wilson College is a Presbyterian-affiliated college that supports a diverse interfaith community. The College has a full-time, onsite chaplain who conducts weekly worship services and provides pastoral care to members of the college community. The chaplain also coordinates volunteer and community service opportunities for students.
At its very best, a college community is a place of academic and cosmic discovery where time is spent in worthy intellectual pursuits. It is also true that such a community can foster deep spiritual growth, exploration and engagement. The Helen Carnell Eden Chaplain supports and encourages the spiritual growth and development of all members of the campus community in a manner that honors the diversity of religious beliefs present at Wilson College.
The chaplain works with student groups, faculty and staff to provide a variety of services to the community. These services encompass hospitality, inclusivity, compassion, relationship-building, creativity, integrity and community spirit. They include, but are not limited to:
• Coordinating weekly worship services during the academic year and encouraging students, faculty and staff to use chapel time as part of their own spiritual disciplines.
• Offering confidential conversation about anything – religious or not – to students, staff and faculty.
• Making pastoral visits off campus to those who are ill or in hospitals.
• Creating opportunities for relationship-building through Bible study, Fiber Fellowship, Agape, Morning Prayer, retreats and more.
• Attending a variety of events on campus and in the community in support of students, faculty and staff.
• Encouraging students to engage with relevant communities of faith both on and off campus.
• Providing a space for interfaith worship on campus and supplying the religious icons and texts necessary for worship.
• Assisting students in the administration of student religious organizations.
• Supplying information about volunteer, service and social justice activities on and off campus.
• Participating in the work of local and national professional organizations, including the National Association of College and University Chaplains, Presbyterian College Chaplain’s Association and Presbytery of Carlisle.
• Supporting speakers who address topics related to faith, spirituality, social justice and ethics.
• Responding to the needs of students, faculty and staff through development of new
programs and services.