Hendricks Chapel Online Resources during COVID-19

At Hendricks Chapel we seek to lead in service to our common good through religious, spiritual, moral and ethical life. Through an assortment of programs and services we are dedicated to transforming the world by inviting learners into the fullness of life. Throughout the challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak, Hendricks Chapel is committed to providing proactive and thoughtful services to the Syracuse University community.


Table of Contents

Online Services for Summer 2020 by Chaplaincy

Services and Support for Students

Virtual Community Service Opportunities

Matters that Matter

Music and Message

Blessing of Students

Additional Resources

General Information regarding Hendricks Chapel


Online Services for Summer 2020 by Chaplaincy

All chaplains at Hendricks Chapel are providing remote services, discussions and pastoral care to students and community members throughout the Spring 2020 semester. A full list of their services is below, as well as on the Hendricks Chapel Chaplaincies webpage.

Baptist Campus Ministry

  • Campus Church open to all on Sundays at 4 p.m. on Zoom:
  • Discipleship Groups and other small group discussions available via RSVP. Contact Chaplain Bartholomew for more information.
  • Baptist Chaplain Devon Bartholomew will be available during this time period by phone or email at 716.983.7786 or

Buddhist Chaplaincy

  • 30-minute meditation open to all on Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. on Zoom. Meeting link:
  • Online meditation at the Zen Center of Syracuse available via RSVP. Contact Chaplain Cooke for more information.
  • Buddhist Chaplain JoAnn Cooke will be available during this time period by phone or email at 315.559.7013 or

Evangelical Christian Ministries

  • Worship services available on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. with Chaplain Koshy's local congregation, International Assembly. Contact Chaplain Koshy for more information.
  • Prayer group available Thursdays at 7 p.m. with Chaplain Koshy's local congregation, International Assembly. Contact Chaplain Koshy for more information.
  • Evangelical Chaplain Jay Koshy will be available during this time period by phone or email at 315.415.6241 or

Historically Black Church Chaplaincy

  • Wednesday Night LIFE worship services open to all on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • on Zoom:
  • "Ask Elder" video series answering student questions will be posted on Fridays at 1 p.m. on Instagram at @hbcc_su.
  • Inspirational sermons will be posted on Sundays at 3 p.m. on Facebook Live on Chaplain Baker's Facebook page.
  • Elder Melvin Baker will be available during this time period by phone or email at 315.395.0466 or

Islamic Chaplaincy

  • Individual Qur'an Study Sessions by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays. Contact Imam Duric to schedule.
  • Friday Reflections will be posted on Fridays on Instagram at @muslimlifeatsu and Facebook at Muslim Student Life.
  • Hifz Program, a closed class, will continue through the summer. Contact Imam Duric to learn more about the program and sign up for the next class.
  • Imam Amir Duric will be available during this time period by phone at 856.266.8625, email at, and Zoom by appointment.

Jewish-Syracuse Hillel

  • Tuesday Shmoozeday, open office with Rabbi Joel, is open to all on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. on Zoom.
  • Rated R: Movie Chat with Ronen is open to all on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on Zoom. Check out Syracuse Hillel on Instagram at @syracusehillel for the movie of the week before joining the discussion.
  • Join Sydney, SU student, for Zumba every Wednesday at 2 p.m. on Zoom.
  • Join Emily, SU student, for Yoga every Friday at 1 p.m. on Zoom.
  • Check out Syracuse Hillel on Instagram at @syracusehillel for additional virtual events, including a book club, Netflix watch parties, and more!
  • Syracuse Hillel is partnering with the greater Hillel movement to offer exciting opportunities through Hillel @ Home. Click here to see recordings of past programs and to sign up for upcoming events.
  • The Syracuse Hillel staff will be available during this time period by phone or email during their business hours.

Lutheran Campus Ministry

  • Hope for the Journey, a private, small group study session exploring the choices we make, is available on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom. Contact Chaplain Riina to sign up.
  • Late Night Guided Meditation are open to all on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Instagram Live at @cusecampusconnect.
  • Campus Connect Meetings are open to all on the first Thursday of each month (June 4, July 2 and August 6) at 10 p.m. on Zoom:
  • Prayers and spiritual messages from Rev. Gail Riina are available on Spotify and LCM's Facebook page. Open this link to Pastor Gail's Spotify page or search “Pastor Gail” to listen.
  • Lutheran Chaplain Rev. Gail Riina will be available during this time period by appointment by phone or email at 315.251.4739 or Rev. Jeff Kane will also be available by appointment by phone or email at 315.251.4739 or

Roman Catholic-SU Catholic Center

United Methodist Ecumenical Campus Ministry

  • UMECM Chaplain Rev. Rhonda Chester will be available during this time period by phone or email at 314.312.7224 or



Services and Support for Students

All chaplains are available for pastoral care and spiritual support. Please visit the the Hendricks Chapel Chaplaincies webpage for contact information.


Group Therapy for Grief and Loss

As a virtual safe space, a new group therapy series will support students in identifying and processing grief and losses of all kinds. All students are welcome. This group will be led by chaplains and therapists from Hendricks Chapel and the Barnes Center at the Arch.

The current group is closed, but additional dates for the Fall 2020 semester will be added. Please check back here or follow Hendricks Chapel on Facebook or Instagram for updates.


Hendricks Chapel Food Pantries

The South Campus Food Pantry at the Carriage House, located at 161 Farm Acre Road, next to the Skybarn, will be open on Tuesdays, noon – 4 p.m., and Thursdays, 3 – 7 p.m., to provide food and personal care items at no cost for students continuing to remain on or near campus through the remainder of the semester. In alignment with good health practices, students will be provided one pre-assembled bag at the pantry (please do not bring your own). Parking is available outside the Carriage House or visit the Campus Shuttle schedule for other transportation options. Questions about the pantry can be directed to Director of Community Engagement Syeisha Byrd at 315.706.4526 or

We are grateful to those seeking to support the Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry at this time. All are welcome to give directly to the Food Pantry Support Fund and the Syracuse Responds Fund, which supports students impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.


Virtual Community Service Opportunities

Serving alongside our local and global communities is as important as ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. While adhering to social distancing and other policies set forth by health officials and civic leaders, the Office of Engagement Programs at Hendricks Chapel seeks to connect students with available service opportunities in their area. For example, current service opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic may include:

  • Language Translation
  • Website Editing
  • Social Research
  • Creating Education Videos for Children
  • Graphic Design
  • Fundraising
  • Survey Implementation
  • Grant Proposals for local organizations

For those interested in service opportunities, please complete the brief contact form, and a member of the of Engagement Programs will be in contact with additional information.

Matters that Matter

“Matters that Matter: A Conversation Series from Hendricks Chapel” is a virtual series hosted by Hendricks Chapel on Facebook Live which brings local and national thought leaders together in conversation with Dean Brian Konkol to discuss critical matters facing society. Stay tuned for more information about future programming, and scroll down for full recordings of past conversations.

Don McPherson '87, All-American quarterback at Syracuse University and a veteran of the National Football and Canadian Football Leagues, discusses his book “The Blind Spot of Masculinity”

Syeisha Byrd G'02, director of the Office of Engagement Programs, and students Jack Ramza '22, Momina Toseef G'21, Ella Corn '22 and Gretchen Coleman '22 discuss online community service opportunities

Chris Stedman, acclaimed author and fellow at Augsburg University, discusses his forthcoming book “IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives”


Blessing of Students

In honor of the students at Syracuse University, and to commemorate the conclusion of the Spring semester and celebrate the graduating Class of 2020, the Dean, chaplains and staff of Hendricks Chapel  hosted a “Blessing of Students” on Sunday, May 3. The program featured a message from Chancellor Kent Syverud, student musical performances and spoken reflection from a diversity of religious and spiritual perspectives. All are welcome to view the full program recording below, or at this Facebook Video link.


Additional Resources


General Information regarding Hendricks Chapel

As much of the University’s workforce transitions to a remote arrangement, to enhance the safety and security of the community, we will implement steps to limit access to some University buildings traditionally open to visitors and others during the workday. As part of these security measures, Hendricks Chapel will be closed, with the exception of staff with SU I.D. swipe card access, until further noticed.

People’s Place Café, located in the lower level of Hendricks Chapel, will be closed for the remainder of the summer. Follow them on Instagram at @peoplesplacesu for updates, tips on making coffee at home, and more.

For continued updates on the University’s policies surrounding COVID-19, please visit

For more information or questions about events, programs and services at Hendricks Chapel, please contact or 315.443.2901.