Evensong to Commemorate the Halifax Explosion
Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

Evensong to Commemorate the Halifax Explosion

At Evensong on Wednesday, December 6 at 5:00pm, we mark the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion with a talk by Dr. Henry Roper, Inglis Professor, on the topic, "The Halifax Explosion, S. H. Prince, and the Tradition of Christian Social Action at King's."

Following Evensong, Dr. Susan Dodd will be available to sign copies of her new book "The Halifax Explosion: The Apocalypse of Samuel H. Prince."

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Lessons & Carols for College Christmas
Dec
3
4:00 PM16:00

Lessons & Carols for College Christmas

Along with the Christmas Brunch and the Haliburton Society's "Frivols" in the evening, the service of Lessons and Carols is part of the King's tradition of College Christmas. The King's Chapel Choir leads hymns and sings carols, and prominent members of the King's community read the nine lessons. All are welcome, and all are encouraged to wear academic gowns. 

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Wardens' Decorating Party
Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Wardens' Decorating Party

To prepare for College Christmas on December 3, the Chapel Wardens invite you to a decorating party in the Chapel! Drop in anytime to enjoy a mug of mulled wine, cider, or eggnog, and make some traditional decorations for the tree: cranberry popcorn chains and clementine-clove pomanders. 

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College Christmas Tree Hunt
Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

College Christmas Tree Hunt

An adventure to the South Shore of Nova Scotia! We go a-hunting for the College Christmas Tree (and trap a few littler trees as well), and generally enjoy a late afternoon/evening outing in the brisk December air. 

Check back for details closer to December 1. 

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Visit to the Hermitage of the Annunciation
Nov
25
4:00 AM04:00

Visit to the Hermitage of the Annunciation

This day trip is a visit to a small community of Russian Orthodox monks in New Germany, on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. We leave the Quad before sunrise to join the monks in their morning liturgy, share a meal with them, and then find nourishment in a relaxed solitude, exploring their woodland property, or quiet conversation. 

All welcome. 

Contact Karis at chapeladministrator@ukings.ca if you are interested in coming along. You can view photos from previous trips here. Or, listen to the Hermitage of the Annunciation featured on King's Journalism program "The Signal." The segment begins at 9:40.

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In the Uncertain Hour
Nov
20
to Nov 21

In the Uncertain Hour

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A gathering of outrage, repentance, and mourning for our greed, continuing injury, and the imminent destruction of our planet.

8:00pm Sharing of reflections in word and song
9:30pm Sung Compline (Candlelit night prayers)
10pm-8am Silent All-Night Vigil

WHY THIS GATHERING?
The evening begins with an hour or so of shared reflections - music, words, readings - from students and community members on the truth of our ecological crisis and the feelings of helplessness, responsibility, grief, conviction, doubt, rage which it may inspire. 

This event is intended for all who are heartbroken, concerned, struck, moved, or numbed, by our time of mass extinction, and who, for reasons known or unknown, feel they should be present. It is an attempt to both break the silence which surrounds the destruction of our earth and our human community, and to provide a space to sit in silence alone and with others in response and acknowledgement of this destruction. 

WHY AN ALL-NIGHT VIGIL?
By disrupting our normal patterns, by listening in silence in a time when we are normally asleep and forgetful of the world, we hope to offer a space in which we can offer ourselves up to that which needs to be heard. 

Throughout the entire vigil the SCR will be open. There will be tea, coffee, and, crucially, a space to talk with others. 

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
If you are interested in sharing a reflection or piece at the gathering, please contact Hannah Mills at hannah.kl.mills@gmail.com. A small committee is working together to plan the flow of the evening. Submissions will be accepted for consideration until Friday, November 17th.

Or else, simply show up in the King's Chapel on Monday at 8:00pm to listen and keep watch. To take part in the All-Night Vigil, sign up to keep vigil for half an hour by contacting Meghan Kitt soonest at meghankitt@gmail.com, or when you arrive on Monday. 

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A Quiet Morning with Fr. Eddy Rix
Nov
18
8:00 AM08:00

A Quiet Morning with Fr. Eddy Rix

"Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength." (Isa. 41.1)

A Quiet Day is an on-campus "retreat." We come together to hear a speaker give brief talks, and keep silence in between. Our speaker this Saturday is Fr. Eddy Rix, former Dean of Students at King's and current Priest-in-Charge at All Saints' Church in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

Talks begin at 9:00am, 10:00am, and 11:00am, with a light lunch to follow in the Senior Common Room at 11:30. The bell is rung to mark the beginning of each talk so that wherever you are on campus, you can gather in the Chapel for the next talk.

All are welcome. 

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Remembrance Day Choral Evensong
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

Remembrance Day Choral Evensong

King’s College honours Remembrance Day with a service of Choral Evensong in the Chapel, at 5pm. No sermon. No glorification of war. A simple remembrance in prayer and song, led by the Chaplain and Chapel Choir.

Members of the local Halifax Rifles regiment will read the names of Kingsmen killed in action in WWI and WWII, as well as the Halifax Rifles Fallen in WWII and Canadians killed in action in Afghanistan. The Last Post is played and the Chapel Choir sings Funeral Ikos by John Tavener.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, 
We will remember them.

(Laurence Binyon, 1914)

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All Souls' Day
Nov
2
5:00 PM17:00

All Souls' Day

On All Soul’s Day, Thursday, 2 Nov at the 5 PM Solemn Eucharist at the King’s College Chapel, Halifax, names of departed loved ones will be remembered in community and offered up in prayer.  The Choir will sing the liturgical setting of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924).  Fauré described this setting as "dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.”  It is a deep and precious mystery of divine friendship in Christ to continue to pray for our loved ones after their departure from this life.  All students, faculty and staff of the University of King’s College are invited to present names of departed loved ones to be remembered at the King’s altar on Thursday at 5 PM.

Robert Darwin Crouse ended a sermon for All Souls' Day: 

"Gather up the fragments ... that nothing be lost." God will not despise our fragments, which go towards making up the twelve baskets of his new Israel. When we speak of the "faithful departed", we mean those whose final choice, even if only in the final moment of all life's choosings, is for the good; and we trust God's mercy to make of that fragment something more - to purify the heart, that no fragment be lost, that the harvest be complete.

We pray for the departed, as we pray for one another here and now. We do not cease to be our brothers' keepers when we commend them to God's keeping, and we plead Christ's sacrifice for them and for ourselves. The prayer is essentially the same: that God, who works in them and us, will save and nurture and bring to fruition our little fragments of spiritual life, that we may come at last to the peace of the saints, the purity of heart which wills one thing. Amen. +

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Feast of All Saints
Nov
1
8:00 AM08:00

Feast of All Saints

The Festival of All Saints is one of the chief celebrations of the Christian Year.  We gather for Holy Communion in the Chapel on this greatest of festivals at 8 AM on Wednesday, 1 November. 

Robert Darwin Crouse of blessed memory encourages us:

As we celebrate this festival, we recall our vocation to be saints - to follow them in virtuous and godly living.  We celebrate the triumph of God’s Grace in them, and seek to share in their holy fellowship. In this sacrament that we celebrate, the veil is divided that separates their life from ours, and our worship and intercession becomes one with theirs.  We are one Church, they in heaven and we on earth; one in our common life in Christ.  Our imperfect prayers are aided by their more perfect intercessions of those spirits pure in heart, who stand before the throne of God and serve him day and night.

Let us rejoice in this festival of saints.  Let us rejoice in their example, their fellowship, and their prayers.  And as we approach the sacrament today, let us especially remember our own calling to be saints - strangers and pilgrims here on earth, seeking a better country.  Let us pray that as the saints were nourished by the bread of life, so we may be nourished, and finally take our place, however humble, in their company.

Thou who all things canst and knows,
Who on earth such food bestowest,
Grant us with thy saints, though lowest,
Where the heavenly feast thou slowest,
Fellow heirs and guests to be.

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Fall Retreat
Oct
27
to Oct 29

Fall Retreat

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At the end of October, we embark on our annual Fall Retreat at Mersey River Chalets, a beautiful retreat centre located just outside the entrance to Kejimkujik National Park. The weekend is structured around the ancient times of monastic prayer, and features a guest speaker (2017-18 speaker to be announced! Past speakers include Canadian poet Tim Lilburn, and King's faculty members Daniel Brandes, Neil Robertson, and Roberta Barker). There is ample opportunity for swimming, canoeing, and hiking, both on-site and in Kejimkujik National Park. It is a weekend of fellowship, good food, music, nature, prayer, discussion, silence, and beauty. For a better description, you can check out photos of past Fall Retreats, the Winter Retreat video, and Winter Retreat Reflections.

Registration forms will be available at the back of the Chapel in October. Keep an eye out for posters and FYP announcements with more details. Questions? Contact Karis Tees at chapeladministrator@ukings.ca. 

 

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From Suburbs to Mountains: The President's Hike
Oct
21
9:30 AM09:30

From Suburbs to Mountains: The President's Hike

This October, President Lahey is offering the King’s community a chance to explore the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Urban Wilderness area on the edge of the city. On Saturday, October 21, join President Bill Lahey for a wilderness hike to Blue Mountain, the highest point on Halifax’s Chebucto Peninsula.

We depart the Quad at 9:30am to travel to a suburban cul-de-sac where the trail begins. From here, we take the trail to the peak of Blue Mountain. At the peak, we enjoy a picnic lunch looking out over the whole HRM and participate in a conversation with a local guest from the Protected Areas and Ecosystems branch of Nova Scotia Environment. We return before 3:00pm in time for tea and hot chocolate in the President’s Lodge.

All students, faculty, staff, and friends are welcome on this “Suburb to Mountain” hike! Transportation is provided. Registration forms will be available at the A&A Front Desk starting on Friday, October 6. Forms are due back to Stephanie Boudreau before 5:00pm on Wednesday, October 18. If you have questions, please email karis.tees@ukings.ca.

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St. George's Soup Kitchen
Oct
14
3:00 PM15:00

St. George's Soup Kitchen

The St. Andrew's Missionary Society (SAMS) is the society for King's students who are interested in volunteering with local non-profit organizations in the Halifax community. In October, SAMS is partnering with the soup kitchen program at St. George's Round Church to prepare, serve, and participate in the meal on Saturday, October 14. 

If you are interested in volunteering to prepare food beforehand, or to serve, eat, and visit with the guests on Saturday, please contact Verity Thomson at veritydancer@gmail.com.

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Thanksgiving Weekend
Oct
7
to Oct 9

Thanksgiving Weekend

We enjoy a weekend in the Annapolis Valley on the South Mountain at St. Anne’s Camp. It’s a relaxing weekend with opportunity to hike and canoe on Gibson’s Lake. On Sunday evening we cook and enjoy our Thanksgiving Feast together. Lots of opportunity for quiet reflection, walks, and study. Open to all, especially for those not able to get home for Thanksgiving or who want to experience Thanksgiving in the beauty of Nova Scotia’s backcountry. 

Imogene Broberg-Hull, Chapel Artist-in-Residence 2016-17, took some beautiful double exposure film photos of last year's Thanksgiving Weekend. Check out Imogene's photos here.

Registration forms are now available at the back of the Chapel. Fill out a form and submit it to Stephanie Boudreau at the A&A Front Desk before Wednesday, October 4 at 5:00pm. Questions? Contact Hannah Fisher at hannahkobesfisher@gmail.com.

 

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Michaelmas Feast
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Michaelmas Feast

This is the "Welcome Back" Feast of Fall 2017! 

Following Choral Eucharist on the Eve of the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, all are invited to a dinner at the home of the Chaplain (check back here in case of a change in location). All are welcome! Bring a drink or food to share, bring a friend or two, or just bring yourself. There will be plenty of food and drink to go around. 

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Cape Split Hike
Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

Cape Split Hike

Join us for our annual hike to Cape Split, one of Nova Scotia's most famous look-offs! We leave the Quad on Saturday morning to drive through the Annapolis Valley to the trailhead, then hike out to the Cape to enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Bay of Fundy. On the way back, we stop by Fox Hill Cheese House for some delicious local gelato before heading to a Maritime Meal dinner hosted by a local parish. 

Registration forms will be available at the back of the Chapel by Tuesday, Sept 12. To register, pick up a form from the back of the Chapel and submit it to Stephanie Boudreau at the A&A Front Desk. The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, September 20.

Keep an eye out for posters and an ear out for FYP announcements! Questions? Contact Karis Tees as chapeladministrator@ukings.ca.

And check out some photos from past hikes in 2013, 2015, and 2016.

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First University Service & Sherry Hour in the Lodge
Sep
14
5:00 PM17:00

First University Service & Sherry Hour in the Lodge

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to the first Thursday Choral Eucharist of term, known as the “University Service.”  The Chapel Choir leads the music. The Chaplain gives the sermon. All are welcome, of all faiths and none, of all genders and backgrounds. All are encouraged to wear academic gowns, which can be picked up at the entrance to the Chapel. 

Following the service, President Bill Lahey hosts the first Sherry Hour fellowship in the Lodge. Drop by for a glass of sherry and some cheese!

For those who are curious about the nature of the University Service, please read the Chaplain's description of the character of worship in the Chapel and its relation to the Foundation Year Programme:

The chapel’s unique, lively and engaging ritual of ‘the Other’ and cosmic ‘transcendence’ developed in the 1970s, intentionally embracing the pedagogical conviction of the newly formed Foundation Year Programme that the contemporary can be fully experienced only through a recollection of the intellectual and spiritual history that has shaped it.  Thus the chapel’s preaching and ritual makes use of an antiquated 16th century liturgy that gathers up the Greek pagan poetic and philosophical traditions as transmitted through its ancient Christian expression to the late medieval synthesis, and then leans forward toward the early Modern period and finally to the contemporary re-discovery of the sacred and the ‘holy’ in the radically secular experience of students in the 21st century. 

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Transfiguration Evensong & Concert
Aug
6
5:00 PM17:00

Transfiguration Evensong & Concert

5:00pm Evensong | 7:30pm Free Concert featuring Transfiguration Day

On Sunday, August 6, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord with an Evensong at 5:00pm, followed by a free concert at 7:30pm. Named for the Feast Day on which the group first performed as a trio, Transfiguration Day includes singer-songwriter Thomas McCallum, cellist Lydia Mainville, and vocalist Karis Tees. To listen, visit transfigurationday.com.

All ages, all welcome!

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Mamuwe: Towards Healing, Truth, and Reconciliation
Mar
21
to Mar 24

Mamuwe: Towards Healing, Truth, and Reconciliation

About the visit:
After the tragedy of six teen suicides in small First Nations communities in Saskatchewan in October 2016, the Chaplain invited a Plains Cree First Nations couple from one of these communities to come to King’s to sit with students in quiet conversation about life and death in First Nations communities in Canada today.

About our guests: 
The Rev. Wilfred Sanderson and his wife Theresa are Cree Anglicans from Treaty 6 Territory in Saskatchewan. Wilfred is an indigenous Anglican priest in Fort a la Corne. Before his ordination he operated a water delivery service on his reserve but now works full time as a non-stipendiary priest. Mrs. Theresa Sanderson worked for many years in addictions recovery. She is a licensed Lay Reader and has served as President of the Diocesan Lay Readers Association. Their reserve is comprised of James Smith, Peter Chapman and Chakastaypasin First Nations. Wilfred and Theresa have a heart to see their people and community healed and united.
The Rt. Rev’d Michael Hawkins is the Bishop of Saskatchewan and Chair of the Council of the North. Originally from Halifax, he graduated from King’s in 1985 and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from King’s in 2009. Bp. Hawkins lives daily the shame of the Church’s colonial role in the cultural genocide of the First Nations people of our land.

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