The Rev. Shirley Bowen
The Rev. Shirley Bowen is Missioner for Campus Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. She has worked on college campuses for 30 years and is well versed in finding ways to engage the campus community in a spiritual journey. She is also a half-time parish priest in Biddeford, Maine and Executive Director of the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, one of the Jubilee Centers in the Diocese.
Campus ministry in the Diocese of Maine aspires to engage colleges and universities in Maine with the Church in all its forms. Our goal is to share the Good News as received in the Episcopal Church; be an agent for change; offer sacramental moments into the context of higher education; and enlarge the landscape – it is different when God is present. Please accept this sincere invitation to check out Campus Ministry in Maine. We would love to meet you!
Solidarity, Sympathy, and Silence for Boston
The tree on the Portland campus dedicated on September 11, 2011 reminds us that when those attacks took place, we didn’t know how we’d go on, but we have. Another hateful act has rocked our world; more people have died and suffered grave injury. But the tree has continued to grow, to blossom and leaf, to rest in winter, and to begin again each spring. Life is resilient.
The explosions in Boston on Monday were powerful. The pain on the part of those whose loved ones were killed, and on the part of those injured is powerful. The hatred that motivated the act, and the fear and anger it provoked are powerful.
But our gathering in solidarity and sympathy is more powerful still. Solidarity, because it means we are one people, is more powerful. Sympathy, because it means we are being with, feeling with, those who grieve and ache and must heal, is more powerful. Solidarity and sympathy have more power to carry the day. They have the power to redeem this divided, killing, maiming, aching, and yet somehow resilient world.
In solidarity and in sympathy, we hold in our minds and hearts all those impacted by the horrible events of Monday in Boston.