Haudenosaunee Welcome Gathering: An Invitation to Celebrate on Sacred Land

Diane Schenandoah ’11, sculptor and spiritual advisor at the Barnes Center at The Arch, is hosting a traditional Haudenosaunee welcoming event, the Haudenosaunee Welcome Gathering, to be held on the Shaw Quad, Monday, August 29th, from 4-5 p.m.

This ancient traditional welcoming occurred whenever visitors appeared in Haudenosaunee villages. “Our ancestors sent singers to welcome visitors, then they spent the evening celebrating with song, dance, and food to nourish them for their journeys,” says Schenandoah. “We gathered to show the Creator that we are grateful to be a part of all creation here on Mother Earth.”

The Haudenosaunee Welcome Gathering is a new annual event held on campus to welcome all students, faculty, and staff into Haudenosaunee territory. Schenandoah is a citizen of the Oneida Nation and a Wolf Clan Faithkeeper. The Haudenosaunee Confederacy is comprised of the Six Nations: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and the Tuscarora.

“It’s important to acknowledge and recognize that there are indigenous peoples still here and that we are all standing in the capital of the Haudenosaunee territory,” says Schenandoah. “This land is sacred. We welcome visitors to be part of this sacred place. Part of our teaching is that no one can own the land, so it’s important to remember that Syracuse University is part of a much bigger picture.”

When she started as the University community’s first Honwadiyenawa’sek—One who helps them—Schenandoah shared cultural beliefs through the Full Moon Ceremony and Witness to Injustice. Schenandoah says she is excited to share more teachings of the Haudenosaunee, the ways of her ancestors and relatives, and the little known fact that Syracuse is the birthplace of modern-day democracy. Through these teachings, Schenandoah hopes to offer awareness, acknowledgment and forgiveness.

At the gathering, speakers and dancers will set the stage for the new academic year. Hot scones and traditional strawberry drink will be offered. The hot scones are derived from traditional breads and the strawberry drink consists of strawberries, maple syrup, and water. “This is significant because strawberries are the leaders of the plants and maples are the leaders of the trees. In this way we honor them,” says Schenandoah.

Schenandoah encourages students, faculty, and staff to participate in the Haudenosaunee Welcome Gathering. “We are sharing our culture because the Earth is calling to us to pay attention, we require collective healing, and most importantly, we are inviting our community to live in gratitude,” she says.

For more information on this and other Hendricks Chapel events, visit

Hendricks Chapel to co-Sponsor “Iftar Under the Moonlight” with Muslim Student Association and Muslim Student Life at SU

Muslims across the globe observe the Holy Month of Ramadan each year by fasting from dawn to dusk. On top of fasting during daylight hours, Ramadan is also about charity, empathy, building character, reflection, and strengthening our connection with God Almighty. This year, Ramadan began on Saturday, April 2.

Muslim Student Association and Muslim Student Life at Syracuse University, in partnership with Hendricks Chapel, cordially invite the campus community and the broader Syracuse community to “Iftar Under the Moonlight” on Tuesday, April 26.

Iftar is a Ramadan dinner to break the day of fasting together. One does not have to be Muslim to attend this event – we encourage everyone, with all different beliefs and backgrounds, to attend. This event is FREE, but you must RSVP by Sunday, April 24 through the link:

The Iftar dinner will take place following a presentation by Muslims on our campus and in our community. For more information on Ramadan, and if you would like to join in the fasting for a day, please visit:

If you need parking, feel free to use the University North, the University South, and the Harrison lots. If you have any questions or concerns, please email:

Upcoming Spring Holidays at Hendricks Chapel

Over the months of April and May, many religious chaplaincies will celebrate holidays. From Easter and Holy Week, to Passover and Ramadan, it is a busy time for students of all faiths. Below is the schedule of events for the Chaplaincies over the course of these sacred times…


Muslim Chaplaincy

  • Ramadan begins at Sunset on Friday, April 1 and will last 30 days this year.
  • Iftars will take place in Hendricks Chapel’s Noble Room on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings during the Holiday.
  • Monday, May 2 – Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated with a Service in the Main Chapel at 9:30 AM, and will be followed by an Eid Brunch in the Noble Room.

For additional information, or to ask for accommodations, please contact Imam Amir Duric at


SU Catholic Center

Holy Thursday, April 14

  • 7 PM @ Catholic Center – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (includes washing of the feet) followed by Dinner
  • Available until 9 PM @ Catholic Center – Eucharistic Adoration **

Good Friday, April 15

  • 12 PM @ Hendricks Chapel – Good Friday Service
  • 3 PM @ Catholic Center – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
  • 4:30 PM @ Catholic Center – Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 16

  • 7:30 PM @ Catholic Center – Easter Vigil Mass
    • Includes Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations and renewal of Baptismal promises

Easter Sunday, April 17

  • 10:30 AM @ Catholic Center – Easter Sunday Mass
  • 1 PM @ Hendricks Chapel – Easter Sunday Mass **

** Mass is live-streamed on our YouTube page, SU Catholic Center, and will be posted to our Facebook page, SU Catholic, at the conclusion of Mass.

For additional information, or to ask for accommodations, please contact Campus Minister Jeremiah Deep at or 315.443.2651.


Lutheran Campus Ministry

Holy Thursday, April 14

  • 7 PM @ Koinonia House (@ the Parsonage 100 Berkeley Drive) – Remembrance of the Last Supper
    • We will celebrate the Gift of Communion and Jesus’ Call to Service and share a meal like the one ate with His disciples.

Good Friday, April 15

  • 12 PM @ Hendricks Chapel – Ecumenical Service
  • 4:30 PM @ Small Chapel in Hendricks – Good Friday Tenebrae

Easter Sunday, April 17

  • 5:30 PM – Celebration of New Life in Christ
    • Followed by Easter Feast! Dinner reservations requested to help with planning – email

For additional information, or to ask for accommodations, please contact Rev. Gail Riina at


Hillel @ SU

First Night Seder, Friday April 15

  • Doors open 5:30, Seder begins 6 PM @ Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center – First Night Seder. To register, please visit

Second Night Seder, Saturday April 16

Three Options for Second Night Seder:

  1. A Hillel-hosted Seder will take place at the Winnick Hillel Center (102 Walnut Place). Doors open @ 5:30, Seder begins at 6 PM.
  2. Students can join for just the dinner @ Winnick Hillel Center following the Seder (approximately 6:45 PM).
  3. Students can host their own Seder. It does not matter if there are 2 or 20 people, Hillel will provide up to $10/person for students who host their own Passover seder/meal. Hillel will send a reimbursement in the week after Seder.

Meals Available

Hillel will offer two Kosher-for-Passover meals per day throughout the holiday.

  • Lunch will be served from 11 AM – 2 PM and Dinner will be served from 5 PM – 7 PM. Please visit the Winnick Hillel Center to receive these meals.

For additional information, or to ask for accommodations, please contact Rabbi Sarah Noyovitz at or 603.459.9654.

The Mask of Masculinity: An Evening with Wade Davis

It is with great excitement that Hendricks Chapel, in partnership with the White Ribbon Campaign at Vera House, will host “The Mask of Masculinity: An Evening with Wade Davis” on Thursday March 24, from 7-9 PM in the Main Chapel. The White Ribbon Campaign invites, equips and empowers men and boys as leaders in creating and sustaining healthy relationships in households and communities. Through education, advocacy, and philanthropy, we invite White Ribbon Campaign participants to actively promise each other a world that is free of violence and abuse.

I believe in the mission, vision and values of Vera House, and I continue to be inspired by the dedication of their staff and supporters,” said Dean Brian Konkol, who has served as the co-chair of the White Ribbon Campaign for three years. “I am proud to share that Syracuse University is a longstanding contributor, and I can personally attest to the tremendous impact of such collective efforts in service to our local community and far beyond.”

We are very fortunate and excited to welcome former NFL player and current Vice President at Netflix Wade Davis to our Chapel on March 24. Wade will speak on the important topic of “The Mask of Masculinity,” opening our community up to an important conversation of what masculinity truly is. Wade works to engage, educate, and empower men to better understand the attitudes and actions that are most associated with aspirational masculinity. As he describes his journey, we know Wade will aid in unlocking the potential of men and boys in our community by seeking a world free from violence and abuse. 

We invite you to join us on March 24 at 7:00 pm in the Main Chapel at Hendricks to engage in Wade’s talk and discover the inspirational work of Vera House and the White Ribbon Campaign. For more information on the event please find the following link HERE. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact Connor Breen ‘22, Student Communications Coordinator at Hendricks Chapel, at or 315.443.2901.  

Interfaith Exploration Week begins March 3

You’re invited to Interfaith Exploration Week! Join us for a series of gatherings that provide a safe space to learn about diverse religious and spiritual traditions, rediscover familiar traditions, and build relationships and understanding across barriers.

All are welcome to attend any of our Interfaith Exploration Week programs:

Thursday, March 3

  • 8:50 – 9:20 a.m. Christian Outreach Morning Prayer Main Chapel
  • 10 – 11 a.m. Buddhist Meditation Small Chapel
  • 12 – 1 p.m. LIFE @ SU Meeting Strates Room
  • 2 -4 p.m. Catholic Chaplain Fr. Gerry’s Office Hours/Confession Small Chapel
    • This program is reserved for fully initiated Catholic students because it is a sacrament. If you are a fully initiated Catholic student, but have not participated previously, you are welcome!
  • 4 – 6 p.m. Open House Launch Event Noble Room
    • Meet and greet with our Hendricks Chapel community and get comfortable in the space. Snacks provided, including inclusive vegetarian, gluten-free, Halal, and Kosher options! Come and go at your convenience.
  • 6 – 8 p.m. Glorify God Meeting (HBCC) Chaplains’ Suite
  • 7 – 9 p.m. Campus Bible Fellowship Small Chapel
  • 7 – 8:30 p.m. Catholic Mass and Dinner Catholic Center

Friday, March 4

  • 12 – 1 p.m. Buddhist Pure Land Chanting Small Chapel
  • 1:10 – 1:45 p.m. Jumuah Prayer with Muslim Chaplaincy Main Chapel
    • Women are recommended to wear a head covering if they wish to participate, but not if they wish to simply observe.
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Friday Lunch with Muslim Chaplaincy Noble Room
  • 5 – 7 p.m. Hindu Storytelling Through Song and Dance Main Chapel
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Buddhist Meditation Small Chapel
  • 7 – 9 p.m. LIFE @ SU Meeting Noble Room
  • 8:15 – 9:15 p.m. “Hear the Other Side of Unorthodox” with Sara Berkovic Chabad House at 825 Ostrom Ave.
    • Lavish dessert buffet @ 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 6

  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Catholic Mass Catholic Center
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Baptist Campus Church Main Chapel
  • 1 – 2 p.m. Catholic Mass Main Chapel
  • 4 – 5 p.m. Music and Message Main Chapel
  • 5 – 6 p.m. Student Assembly of Interfaith Leaders Meeting Chaplains’ Suite
    • Join us for our meeting where with our discussion topic will be Connecting Faiths: Interfaith Similarities. We will discuss how our faiths are intertwined, and how we are more alike than we are different. Food will be provided!
  • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Lutheran Campus Ministries Weekly Service Noble Room
  • 6 – 8 p.m. BASIC Weekly Leadership Meeting Main Chapel

Monday, March 7

  • 8:50-9:20 a.m. Christian Outreach Morning Prayer Main Chapel
  • 12 -1 p.m. Buddhist Meditation Small Chapel
  • 6 -8 p.m. Buddhist Meditation/Sangha Small Chapel
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Orthodox Christian Fellowship Meeting Strates Room
  • 7 – 9 p.m. World Premiere of Deion Patterson’s First Gospel Single Noble Room
  • 7 p.m. Hamantaschen Baking and Costume Party for holiday of Purim Winnick Hillel Center

Tuesday, March 8

  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Buddhist Meditation Small Chapel
  • 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Chinese Christian Fellowship Strates Room
  • 1 – 2 p.m. Buddhist Meditation Small Chapel
  • 4 -5 p.m. Christian Meditation Small Chapel and on Zoom
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. LIFE @ SU Meeting Chaplains’ Suite
  • 8 – 9:30 p.m. Christian Outreach Meeting Noble Room

Wednesday, March 9

  • 10 – 10:30 a.m. Christian Science College Organization Small Chapel
  • 12:10 – 12:30 p.m. 20-Minute Catholic Mass Main Chapel
  • 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Meditation Small Chapel
  • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Evangelical Chaplaincy Weekly Meeting Noble Room
  • 8 – 9 p.m. Dialogical Bible Study Zoom

Thursday, March 10

  • 8:50 – 9:20 a.m. Christian Outreach Morning Prayer Main Chapel
  • 10 – 11 a.m. Buddhist Meditation Small Chapel
  • 12 – 1 p.m. LIFE @ SU Meeting Strates Room
  • 2 -4 p.m. Catholic Chaplain Fr. Gerry’s Office Hours/Confession Small Chapel
    • This program is reserved for fully initiated Catholic students because it is a sacrament. If you are a fully initiated Catholic student, but have not participated previously, you are welcome!
  • 6 – 8 p.m. Glorify God Meeting (HBCC) Chaplains’ Suite
  • 7 – 9 p.m. Campus Bible Fellowship Small Chapel
  • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. “Mass of Reconciliation” Concert with Hendricks Chapel Choir Main Chapel

This schedule is subject to change.

Those leading Interfaith Exploration Week programs will ensure all guests are welcomed. No events require advance knowledge or special clothing/materials. Simply come as you are and those facilitating will guide you through the event!

Led by Chaplains, Religious and Spiritual Life Group Advisors, and the Student Assembly of Interfaith Leaders (SAIL) of Hendricks Chapel.

Music that Makes Community Workshop on Feb. 19

On Friday, Feb. 19, our student group Campus Connect will be hosting a workshop with Music that Makes Community, a nonprofit based in St. Louis, MO.

You’re invited to learn how to build community through song and chant and how to use it during protests, youth development, and much more! The workshop will go from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., with four sessions about song leading and paperless music. You can come to all, or for however long you have time for. Sign up using this Google Form!

Contact Tara Sandlin at for questions.

Register Now!

Hendricks Chapel Choir and company to perform Calvar’s Mass of Reconciliation

The Hendricks Chapel Choir will collaborate with the Syracuse University Singers, the vocal jazz ensembles from the Setnor School of Music, and singers from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam to perform our own Peppie Calvar’s Mass of Reconciliation for Mixed Chorus, Soloists, and Big-Band Jazz Orchestra as part of the Malmgren Concert Series at Hendricks Chapel on Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The jazz orchestra will be comprised of six national-quality jazz instrumentalists in collaboration with Syracuse University jazz faculty and four students from the Setnor School of Music’s Jazz and Commercial Music program chaired by John Coggiola. Calvar’s Mass of Reconciliation received its Syracuse premiere at Hendricks Chapel in 2015, and it has since been played at major venues including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, and venues at Temple University and Coastal Carolina University among others. The piece presents new music not necessarily for liturgical use but, rather, for marrying the church’s rich artistic and textual heritage most commonly associated with traditional Western Classical music with modern musical elements including jazz, funk, and Latin popular styles. It also offers a rare opportunity for jazz instrumentalists to collaborate with choral artists. The performance will also feature vocal solos from our own Dean Brian Konkol, and Marianne Solivan, Assistant Professor of Jazz Voice.

José “Peppie” Calvar is Associate Professor Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Syracuse University, and he serves as director of the Hendricks Chapel Choir and as artistic director of Holidays at Hendricks.

A visit inside the DreamSpace at Hendricks Chapel

Enter the DreamSpace, a new interactive experience inside Hendricks Chapel, and you begin to feel the rest of the world recede.

The space is designed to bring you into intentional reflection. The lights are dimmed to minimize distraction and help you feel relaxed. Comfortable and casual seating calms you down, and brings out your curiosity. Twinkle lights and starry rugs evoke the essence of dreams.

But you don’t want to fall asleep, not at all. All around you are prompts to bring you deeper within yourself. First, you listen to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech given at Sims Hall at Syracuse University in 1965. As you listen, you watch the many faces of the man himself throughout his life, and begin to realize that the dream is much more than a dream — it’s a call to action, a fervent and living prayer. Next, you tune in to learn how Syracuse University students are impacted by King’s legacy, and what inspires them to continue the work. Finally, it’s time to reflect on how you are a living part of King’s vision for the future. What role do you play in creating a world where all men are created — and treated — equal?

Stop by the dream space anytime throughout the month of February to celebrate the legacy of MLK and Black History Month as we ask ourselves the question: How can we be a part of the dream?

This interactive, reflective space is located in the Strates Room, across from the Dean’s Suite in the lower level, and is open from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm.


Students invited to Spring 2022 service and mission trips with Christian Outreach

Christian Outreach, a student religious and spiritual life group of Hendricks Chapel, is offering students four alternative break service and mission trips during Spring 2022.

Three options for spring break include service trips to work with underserved youth in the Bronx or respond to tornado damage in Kentucky, and a mission trip to provide spiritual care to spring breakers on South Padre Island, Texas. The group will also return to Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, in May 2022 to support long-term disaster relief and community development.

All Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF students are welcome to participate. There will be an open interest and information meeting on Jan. 30 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Noble Room of Hendricks Chapel, which all are invited to.

Applications are now available online and are due Sunday, Feb. 6 at 11:59 p.m. Please note: Applying does not commit you to attending.

Christian Outreach at Syracuse University has participated in disaster relief, crisis response and spiritual service trips for more than 10 years. One of their primary partners is Send Relief, who they will work with in Kentucky and Puerto Rico.

“Send Relief depends on the leadership of community organizers, like local pastors, to identify communities who need assistance and meet those specific needs,” says Baptist Campus Chaplain Devon Bartholomew.

Learn more about the upcoming opportunities:

Bronx: March 12-18

Be part of a NYC church’s holistic approach to community development in Mott Haven, a neighborhood in the Bronx, through after school programming, English as a Second Language (ESL) education, and facilities projects.

Texas: March 12-18

Join other Christian college students on South Padre Island, TX to meet needs in Christ’s name and proclaim his love to thousands of spring breakers. Please note: This trip is best suited for people willing to provide Christ-inspired spiritual care to people in need.

Kentucky: March 12-18

Respond to an immediate relief need for those impacted by tornadoes in Kentucky by participating in debris clean-up, organizing donations and distributing goods to families in need.

Puerto Rico: May 21-27

Support local churches in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, with projects such as long term disaster relief, adoption & foster care support, church planting, and sustainable community development.

For questions, contact Kate Bartholomew at