WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"When I started the volunteer program, I realized it was what I should have been doing all along, exploring issues like hunger and homelessness. But I'm not your typical reli- gious leader. How could the two parts, faith and service, complement each other? Then I took a step back and realized what they have in common—striving for social justice. "Babson is not religiously affiliated so our ecumenical approach makes sense," says Thomas who has worked there for 25 years. "College can be a time of exploration for stu- dents who are moving away from, or even back to, the religion they grew up with. Here they can find their path through the variety of religious services and programs we offer." She heads a team of 12 chaplains from the Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Protestant faiths who are on campus part-time but who are highly visible. Realizing the college's fast-paced environ- ment doesn't leave students time for reflec- tion, the team added yoga and meditation sessions. They invite everyone to all forms of worship. Often more than 100 students attend Shabbat services on Friday nights, in - cluding many who are not Jewish, to unwind with good food and spiritual awareness. And compared to 2009 when only 2,000 peo- ple used the school's nondenominational chapel (including weddings), last year close to 18,000 people came for Catholic mass, Muslim prayer, Christian worship services, yoga, reflection and more. 87 s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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