President Book, Chaplain Fuller discuss ‘Bridging to Hope’ in virtual Numen Lumen

Continuing a campus tradition, the discussion marked the first in a series of virtual Numen Lumen events presented by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Teaching and Learning Technologies.

The Elon community will be invited to reflect on the pursuit of hope during a time of global pandemic and social unrest, as the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life presents a virtual version of a special campus tradition.

Traditionally hosted in the Sacred Space of the Numen Lumen Pavilion, Numen Lumen invites the campus community to hear from speakers and enjoy music, snacks and conversation. This semester, the Truitt Center will release a series of virtual Numen Lumen events, giving students, faculty and staff the opportunity each week to share in a moment of stillness, listening and reflection during this period of physical distancing.

This year’s Numen Lumen theme is “Bridging in Hope,” which considers the roots of hope and the vision it invites us to pursue in the midst of a global pandemic and the fight for the end of systemic racism. This semester’s speakers will share personal stories of resilience, bridge building, connection and hopefulness.

In the semester’s first Numen Lumen discussion, released on YouTube Thursday, President Connie Ledoux Book and University Chaplain Jan Fuller shared their interpretations of this year’s theme:

Virtual Numen Lumen events will continue Monday, Aug. 31, as Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life Imam Shane Atkinson shares remarks with the community. Elon senior Sarah Jane McDonald will share thoughts related to this year’s theme on Thursday, Sept. 3.

The Truitt Center plans to share Numen Lumen videos produced by Teaching and   Learning Technologies each week at the program’s usual day and time, Thursday from 9:50 to 10:20 a.m. All Numen Lumen events will be published in a YouTube playlist in case viewers miss a week.