Lives of Purpose
Who should join LoP?
Any student interested in building community, serving locally, and exploring values and commitments. Everyone is welcome to participate; members of the world’s religious traditions, atheists, agnostics, seekers, or anywhere in between.
What is the commitment?
In the fall of 2020 we will meet twice a month for reflection and group service activities. In a typical year students will engage weekly (usually one afternoon or evening) in a local nonprofit focused on food and hunger programs in Waterville and Central Maine. The group then gathers twice per month for reflection, community building and group service opportunities. Plan on spending about three hours per week on average participating in Lives of Purpose.
Why should I join?
Many students come to Colby with a passion for community service and social justice work. Many more come with deep questions about who they are and how to put their talents to work in the world. Lives of Purpose offers a community of students the opportunity to engage substantively with the community while building deep and lasting relationships with peers. The group seeks to form a safe-enough space to delve consistently into big questions of meaning, purpose, and community.
In what ways does LoP engage ‘religious’ questions?
We anticipate that students in the program will encompass a wide variety of religious traditions as well as students who are not religious or not religious in a conventional way.
The key aspect of the program is engaging themes of integrity, values, commitment, and social justice. For some students, this will have a religious component. For others it will not. The program is meant to be an open place to discuss, support, and even challenge one another. Our hope is that each person will feel comfortable enriching our discussions with their own personal perspectives.
What should I do next?
(applications due September 1st ) for the Fall 2020 cohort, or contact Kate Smanik, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life
via email or at 207-859-4272 if you have more questions.