Let’s be real today, Gulls, yesterday was a hard one. We usually speak in a much more formal tone about such matters, but the end of a year at Endicott College, especially an early ending to the on-campus portion, is something that inspires tears for all of us (especially seniors…we understand). We want you to know that whatever you’re feeling is OK. If you want to cry, scream, write, make art––you should do that. It’s incredibly important to express yourself when times get hard.
Those unresolved feelings are exactly why we want you to know that we are not giving up on the connections we’ve built. Instead, we are forging forward to keep them strong. While we are sure that more programs will be announced, today we want to talk specifically about some that are actively being offered through the Office of Spiritual Life by Reverend Gail Cantor.
Gulls Pause & Gulls Chat
Gulls Pause is not a new program at Endicott, but it is newly digital, and it has been added to. From the day spring break began, Cantor has been offering meditation and an opportunity to talk. These options will continue to be available to students every Monday–Friday at both 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sessions consist of 10 minutes of guided meditation and 20 minutes of engaging dialogue where students can collectively consider how to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the times and find support, encouragement, strength, and peace of mind.
Faculty and staff can also benefit from Cantor’s offerings in the same format, Monday–Friday at 2 p.m.
If you are unavailable during those times, meditation and chats can be scheduled upon request for specific teams and groups. Currently the Endicott women’s lacrosse team and the Endicott equestrian team have regularly scheduled times.
The Goddess Group
The Goddess Group is an active campus club that was formed to encourage and empower female students to develop and share their authenticity. The group has switched their in-person meetings to Zoom to facilitate their regular meetings. You can join them at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Grief Support Group
Another group support option available at Endicott is the Grief Support Group. The group has also switched to online meetings and is available for any student who has lost a loved one and needs support on Mondays at 5 p.m.
The Endicott Christian Community
We have many active groups from different faiths in the Endicott community, but one such group has formed their own Zoom and has four different offerings per week. That group is the Endicott Christian Community. They offer:
· Christian Student Prayer Group, every Sunday at 8 p.m.
· Christian Student Fellowship Group, every Monday at 7 p.m.
· Christian Staff and Faculty Prayer Group, every Wednesday at noon
· Christian Bible Study, every Friday at 2 p.m.
If you would like to join in on any of these activities (Gulls Pause & Chat, The Goddess Group, Grief Support Group, or The Endicott Christian Community sessions), please contact the Office of Spiritual Life's firstname.lastname@example.org and she will provide you with a private link.
One-on-One Pastoral Care
If you would like to have one-on-one pastoral care, that support is just an email to Cantor email@example.com away.
Request for Supportive Coaching Sessions by Counseling Center StaffIn addition to the spiritual support we have outlined, the Counseling Center will be offering virtual supportive coaching sessions during the extended break. If you are interested in setting up a session, please fill out the Request for Support form and someone will be in touch with you to schedule your session, as soon as possible. If this is an emergency, and you are on campus, please call Public Safety at 978-232-2222 or if you are off campus, contact 911 or your local emergency services.
We Are Here
A week ago, we posted on our social networks “We Are Here,” and we meant it. These offerings from the Office of Spiritual Life are another way (beyond many being offered through the Office of Community Service, the Office of Residence Life, and the Office of Student Affairs) for our students to keep connected.
Cantor says, “Our goal is to provide options for students to express themselves and engage with others in a way that supports them to be empowered to deal with the challenging circumstances that we are all experiencing and to develop inner peace and calm.”