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How We Pray: “Self-Reflection Brought Me to My Faith.”

Wicca: Part four of a semester-long series about student spirituality

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On Sundays, they gather in Marsh Chapel for communal worship. Severaltimes a day, they pray facing Mecca in a room at the George ShermanUnion. On Fridays and Saturdays, they meet in Hillel House on Bay StateRoad, and when the seasons change, they celebrate on the lawn behindMarsh Plaza. They are the hundreds of students involved in spirituallife at Boston University, the former Methodist seminary that is nowhome to 29 religious groups that include students of all races,nationalities, and beliefs.

This semester, BU Today istalking to students about how and why prayer is a part of their dailylives on campus. The members of Nemeton, the University’s Wiccanalliance, hold weekly discussion groups on Mondays at 7 p.m. in Room425 of the College of Arts and Sciences, 725 Commonwealth Ave. Theirrituals are held in Robinson Chapel, in the basement of Marsh Chapel.The group celebrates the sabbats, or eight major festivalscommemorating the changing seasons, with open circles, and holds opencircles for some new and full moons. One of the major sabbats isSamhain, marking the end of the harvest season, on October 31.

Inthe slide show above, Amber Dame (SED’09), a copresident and member ofNemeton’s executive board, discusses how her group’s rituals representa way to show gratitude.

Click here to see more students reflect on their spirituality.

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu. Jessica Ullian can be reached at jullian@bu.edu.

 

 

 

 

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