Reflections and Prayer Requests

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University of the Incarnate Word
Ideas for a Reflection Period at the Beginning of Class.
Because we are a faith-based university, we are free to express our faith in the classroom.

  • Choose a phrase from the Mission statement and ask students to spend a few minutes reflecting on its meaning in light of their class, major, etc.
  • To begin a new week of classes, invite a student to read one short phrase that is meaningful to him/her from the Bible or other holy book.
  • Ask students to take charge of opening the class with a brief reflection of their own.
  • Ask students to spend a moment in silent reflection or prayer for the world or for some current major crisis.
  • Ask students if they have any special intentions that they would like everyone to pray for during the day.
  • Read a paragraph from Promises to Keep and spend a moment talking about it.
  • Over the course of the semester, have each student report on what personal insights he or she has gained from engaging in community service—a core Mission value.
  • Use web prayer links to find appropriate brief prayers for each class.
  • Post a spiritual thought for the week in your classroom and draw attention to it at the beginning of class.
  • Reflect on Core Values:

Faith, Education, Truth, Innovation, Service

Mission materials and prayer links can be found at

-- Mission Effectiveness Committee

Links: ministry/daily.html

Core Values