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Our human covenants are dependent on God’s
covenant with us. God has promised to be with us come what may – in wealth or
want, joy or sorrow, sickness or health – for all our days.
An essay by the Rev. Elizabeth McCord reflecting on the life and legacy of Gert Ullsperger.
An essay by the Rev. Elizabeth McCord reflecting on our pandemic year.
This month's CU in the Workplace @Home series features alumna Linda Morgan-Clement '80, Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life and Chaplain at Lawrence University.
The Covid-19 pandemic has not passed by the Carroll campus. Like so many communities around the world, we have had losses in our Carroll family: parents, grandparents, alumni, extended relations and friends. The pandemic also brought the loss of two beloved faculty members.
Carroll University plans to honor the legacy of two nursing faculty members lost in recent months, Prof. Kelly Lynn Raether, MSN and Dr. James Joseph LaRosa DNP, RN. The campus and community are invited to attend this live-streamed event on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. The memorial ceremony will be lead by Carroll University Chaplain the Rev. Elizabeth McCord.
We are all sick and tired as we bid 2020 farewell, and I cannot imagine what 2021 will look like. I don’t have the wisdom to see what a path toward peace, reconciliation and justice might hold. Nevertheless, I am confident about two things.
President Cindy Gnadinger and Reverend Elizabeth McCord continue the Carroll University tradition of lighting the Christmas tree on Main Lawn.
Carroll University's chaplain and director of spiritual life, The Rev. Elizabeth McCord, organized an interfaith prayer service on Tuesday, Nov. 3, to encourage all members of the Carroll community to pause in prayer and reflection prior to the election.
As we continue to be mindful of the ongoing events in Kenosha and their impact on our students, faculty and staff, the Rev. Elizabeth McCord offers her own reflection.
I by nature have a sweet tooth. It’s hard for me to pass on dessert. But I find in these frustrating days I am spending too much time chewing on bitterness. This prayer is a palate cleanser if you, like me, need to be reminded of the sweet things in life.
Fear impedes inner peace and can hold us back from living with abundance and grace. Fear is everywhere right now, and I know I am not at my best when trapped in fight, flight or freeze. If you are willing, join me this week in prayerfully listening to our fears, and together let’s seek a path toward greater peace and freedom. The 7-step contemplative prayer/meditation below is one tool to try.
This week, if you are willing, join me in praying for our students—not for the plans we must make or the problems yet to be solved—but for the students themselves.
I invite you to use your body when praying this week’s prayer. As you are able, stand on your feet. Take a moment to lean forward and back, side to side, connecting to with senses, feeling gravity pull you to the earth and finding a center space where you feel balance and alignment. Take a few deep breaths, lifting your spine, and in prayer, invite God into your week.
The “new normal” has become a frequently used phrase. I hear colleagues, friends and journalists say it. I even hear myself say it from time to time. Yet every time I do, I feel myself resist a bit. I’m not ready for this to be the new normal, nor am I able to envision what “normal” will look like on the other side of COVID-19. These days, normal seems more like a far off dream, a fantasy, an alternate universe where we would like to dwell, but no longer do.