The spiritual center of campus, the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel was moved stone by stone to Baldwin City from Sproxton, England.
Although affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Baker is home to students of many spiritual backgrounds.
A weekly chapel service on Thursdays at 11 a.m. is optional, and no classes or meetings are scheduled during that time.
Minister to the University, the Rev. Dr. Ira DeSpain, a Baker alumnus, greets students at the chapel door.
Thought for the Week
From University Minister Ira DeSpain
These weekly thoughts are intended to stimulate your thinking and provide a context and backdrop for your life, work and study for the week ahead.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
February 23 - March 1
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.
The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that's where it's at.
January 26 - February 1
There is no negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own constitution.
What currently marginalized groups deserve the protection of the United States Constitution?
Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of the spirit. You not only refuse to shoot someone, you refuse to hate them.
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they do when they stick together.
Everyone should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let everyone gird themselves once more, with face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.
In the spirit of the season of giving and receiving:
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Have a really great final exam week and a blessed Christmas season of giving.
In the Christian calendar we have entered the season of Advent, the four weeks preceding Christmas day. It is a time of waiting, hoping and expecting. Here's a thought for entering this season as we also prepare for the end of the semester:
You keep us waiting. You, the God of all time, Want us to wait. For the right time in which to discover Who we are, where we are to go, Who will be with us, and what we must do. So thank you . . . for the waiting time.
This is Thanksgiving week, and I do pray that it will be a great week for each of you. Here are a couple of thoughts as we find enjoyment:
If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch you must first invent the universe.
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I have selected a Kennedy quote as our thought for the week. Given the massive changes taking place at Baker University this year, this seems most appropriate:
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
November 11 is Veteran's Day – originally Armistice Day, signaling the official end of World War I, described at the time as "The War To End All Wars." We now know differently. As we honor all who have served in the armed forces, may we also join forces with religious traditions whose desire is for peace. Because:
In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.
Welcome to November. What a month of change it is! Speaking of change, it appears Baker University is in store for many changes over the next year. So in the changing spirit of November, I offer the following thought for this week:
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
October 27-November 2
In the Christian calendar, this Friday, November 1, is known as All Saints Day. It's a time to remember and be thankful for everyone who has been a positive influence in your life. Sometimes these people are well known, other times only known by you. Take a few moments this week to reflect and remember important people in your life. And now, I offer this thought for the week:
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
I found this, and I want to honor the recently passed Maple Leaf Festival:
October gave a party;
October 12 is known as Columbus Day. Monday, October 14, banks are closed to honor the day.
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore
When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came,
Some of you will enjoy a Fall Break this week. Others will proceed with business as usual. Look around you – the world is never ordinary or usual. God is good – all the time . . .
Winter is an etching, spring a water color, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.
September 29-October 5
In honor of Homecoming Week, I offer the following quotes on the unique qualities of home and why we celebrate that for colleges one week every fall:
Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.
Peace - that was the other name for home.
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
Labor wants also pride and joy in doing good work,
Enjoy Labor Day, not only as a chance to be away from work, but also to reflect on the sacred nature of the work we all do.
Saturday marks the anniversary of the death of Princess Diana in 1997. I found this quote from her that not only speaks about her life, but is a good reminder to us all:
Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Doubt and faith are not the opposites of each other. They define each other, like Light and Shadow.