Blessings for Students

Interfaith Prayers for Higher Education

Janet Fuller

Jun/2024, 224 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5 x 7 inches

ISBN-13: 9781640656673

An essential interfaith resource for university chaplains and spiritual leaders in higher education.

In an increasingly heterogenous age, any university chaplains and spiritual leaders struggle to center their student communities, aware of vast diversities in their needs – the prayers of one tradition are rarely sufficient to honor the many paths their students may be travelling. With this heartfelt collection of interfaith prayers, Janet Fuller leverages the fruits of 40 years of chaplaincy to bridge this gap, offering sample prayers and spiritual direction for use across all communities of learning, from the first day of school to the bittersweet crossroads of graduation. Chaplains will find support for all the essential student struggles, including new beginnings, athletics, loneliness, and the search for hope.

For use in part or whole, or as templates for other prayers, these blessings provide a voice for academic communities as they gather to give thanks, remember, and look to the future, all using language that commends itself to many spiritual paths or none at all. The prayers can also be adapted for chaplain use in hospitals, prisons, continuous care retirement communities, military gatherings, and many others. In a time when many exhibit a disinclination to hear with ears or hearts, Blessing the Students invites readers to listen closely to the power of prayer.

JANET FULLER is a nationally recognized model for interfaith engagement, who has served three academic communities as chaplain for 40 years. She was the University Chaplain and Dean of Multifaith Engagement at Elon University for a decade, during which she instituted an annual student-led interfaith conference to empower students from multiple institutions to share their diverse traditions and worldviews. She has twice served as president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, and presided over its merger with the Association of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education. Born in Lebanon to missionary parents, Fuller has spent her life bringing religious, spiritual, and secular communities into conversation with one another. She lives in Roanoke, Virginia.

1. Transitions

  • New beginnings
  • Mysterious futures
  • Ending
  • Doubt and faith
  • Old becoming new

2. Grief and Sorrow

  • Panic
  • Challenge loneliness
  • Seeking
  • Division and pain/painful conflict
  • Loss
  • Preparation

3. Service

  • Justice
  • Peace
  • Commitment

4. Wonders

  • Earth
  • Eclipse
  • Gardens
  • Beauty
  • Athletics
  • This moment matters

5. Love

  • Gratitude
  • Thanksgiving
  • Joy
  • Hope
  • Open arms 

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