In the common life of the Vanderbilt Divinity Community are three standing events that occur each week: the Monday forum, the Community Worship service, and the Friday Coffee Hour. These events are each fifty minutes and start at 10:10 a.m. in Room 122, allowing faculty, staff, students, and friends the opportunity to dialogue, worship, and fellowship.
What is Monday Forum?
Monday Forum is a mid-morning, informal, seminar type gathering led by a guest speaker, student or student organization, professor, clergy person, activist, or a professional within or beyond the university.
Monday Forum serves as a “clearing” where students can gather between class: to think vocationally; to develop common theological vocabularies related to particular areas of research; to listen to the narratives of colleagues navigating the contours of belief, experience, and scholarly pursuit; to sharpen writing and research skills; to learn more about the academic study of religion and those who comprise the faculty; to learn about global education initiatives, student organizations, field education; to develop richer and more meaningful spiritual practices, and finally to sit with ideas in a communally supportive environment.
Monday Forum nurtures co-curricular programming which is designed to support, sustain, and encourage rigorous and compassionate dialogue amongst the community and its partners.