FAQs

  • What does Protestant mean?
    There are various thoughts regarding the meaning of Protestant. A simplified definition of Protestant is—a member or follower of any of several denominations or nondenominational churches not adherent to the Catholic or Orthodox Church.  Protestant Christians typically affirm the Reformation doctrines of justification by faith and not through works, the priesthood of all believers, and the primacy of the Bible as the ultimate source in matters of faith and order. Some of the Protestant denominations represented at Wesleyan as identified by students include Baptist, Church of Christ, Congregational, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Nondenominational.
  • Is there a traditional Protestant Worship service on campus?

    Although there is not a traditional weekly Protestant worship service on campus, there is weekly gathering for discussion and reflection in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life [ORSL] (169 High Street) when classes are in session.*  This gathering is a safe, sacred place to experience the Holy and to discuss topics including belonging, hope, fear, forgiveness, purpose, gratitude, resilience, and community from a Christian perspective.  We will learn spiritual practices including prayer, mindfulness, walking the labyrinth, meditation, crafts, dance, singing, etc.  We may have some guest presenters along the way.  We have special services on campus for occasions such as Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Christmas, and Easter.

    *As of Fall 2020, the ORSL building is closed. All events, until further notice, will be conducted via the Zoom platform. Please check with Chaplain Jami for information.

  • How do I become a worship leader in a worship service?
    Student involvement in our community is deeply valued. Please contact Chaplain Jami regarding your interest in becoming involved.
  • What other Protestant campus ministries might I become involved?
    Other ministries you might consider are community service projects, interfaith Spring Break service trip, and the Intervarsity Gulf Coast mission trip. There are many opportunities available through the Protestant student groups and the Protestant Chaplain. See the Protestant Chaplain or a student leader for more details or send an e-mail describing your interest.
  • Are there area churches I can attend?

    Yes, there are several churches of diverse denominations in Middletown and the surrounding area. A list is available at this website: http://www.churches-in.com/connecticut/Middletown/

    Some churches provide transportation.

  • Where is the Protestant Chaplain’s office?

    169 High Street, 2nd floor, room 209.*

    * Office hours in the chaplain's office are limited for now to Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, other meetings and events will be conducted via the Zoom platform. Please email Chaplain Jami if you'd like to chat! Or go to https://calendly.com/jcarlacio

  • Does the Protestant Chaplain have regular office hours?

    Chaplain Jami is part-time and is normally available (via Zoom):

    • Mondays-Thursdays:

    Go to my calendar to select a time to chat: here.

     

  • Does the Protestant Chaplain provide counseling?

    The Protestant Chaplain is available to serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of students, faculty and staff on-campus. Both Wesleyan students and employees have sought counseling for family, relationship, health, financial issues, stress management, vocational discernment, spiritual formation, crisis, grief and emotional support. Conversations with the chaplain are confidential and done with compassionate listening in a supporting and encouraging environment.*

    *If there is a clinical need, the chaplain refers students to the Counseling and Psychological Services at 327 High Street (Davison Health Center). Faculty and staff in need of clinical counseling are referred to the Wesleyan Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider, The Wellness Corporation, to see or speak with an EAP counselor.

  • What other services does the Protestant chaplain provide?

    The Protestant Chaplain supports student groups, including WesCF, UNITY, and WACT.