Stories about "Multifaith Chaplaincy"
2019 Baccalaureate:Saturday May 25, 20192:00 p.m.Historic Quad Francisco "Franky" Urueta of Facility Services delivered the Baccalaureate Address.Baccalaureate is a gathering of graduating seniors and their families and friends to celebrate the journey through Bates and beyond. The service speaks through the languages of many religions and spiritualities, and celebrates with poetry, music, dance, and reflection.Seniors process into the service in their gowns, and all friends and family are welcome to attend. Seating is first-come, first-served on folding chairs. The rain site is in Merrill gym. The procession begins at 1:50, with a musical prelude before. Graduates will process and recess through trellises adorned with “blessing tags” bearing well-wishes from parents and guardians. For those who have not mailed in blessing tags, there will be a table and supplies for creating and hanging the tags before the service.
Video: Franky Urueta, famous for fist bumps and kind words, delivers 2019 Baccalaureate Address

Friday, May 31, 2019 9:11 am

Elected to speak by the Class of 2019, Urueta is a well-known Bates custodian, always greeting students with a kind word and his signature fist bumps.

Students returning from time away from Bates gather to reflect

Monday, September 18, 2017 2:10 pm

"Feeling Weird Back at Bates" offers space for students to reflect on the transition of returning to Bates after time away.

Bates’ memorial tree planting embraces the ‘sacred tension’ of gratitude and grief

Friday, September 8, 2017 12:25 pm

“It’s actually a beautiful gesture to say, dead or alive, you’re still a part of the Bates community,” says Multifaith Chaplain Brittany Longsdorf.

Completed lives: the 2017 Bates Alumni Memorial Service program

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 3:04 pm

The program for the Alumni Memorial Service, held during Reunion, includes the names of Bates people who have died during the year.

13 quotes about love and community from the 2017 Bates Baccalaureate service

Friday, June 9, 2017 12:15 pm

All you need is love, said the Beatles. But, as the Bee Gees noted, no one gets too much love anymore. Which brings us to Baccalaureate at Bates College.

Bates at Night: A respite called {Pause}

Friday, December 2, 2016 11:25 am

A visit to the Gomes Chapel for {Pause}, a weekly secular service of music, poetry, silence, dance, and art.

Bates at Night: Hearth

Friday, October 14, 2016 11:18 am

Bates at Night: At the dinner gathering called Hearth, participants can share their thoughts, simply sit in silence, or anything in between.

Lessons and Carols service returns on Dec. 13

Thursday, December 10, 2015 4:39 pm

In an annual tradition, Bates College holds a Service of Lessons and Carols for the Advent season on Dec. 13.

Bates appoints new multifaith chaplain

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 11:34 am

The Rev. Brittany Longsdorf, currently a chaplain at Boston University, has been named the multifaith chaplain at Bates College.

Theology professor looks at highs, lows of multiple religious participation

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:22 am

John Thatamanil of Union Theological Seminary speaks at Bates College about the pitfalls and possibilities of multiple religious identities on March 11.

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