Spiritual Care and Connection: Request a Conversation
Butler students, faculty, and staff are busy. In the midst of all the many priorities of academics, campus life, and working towards one’s future, sometimes we need to pause, breathe, and get support. The Center for Faith and Vocation staff as well as our CFV Community Advisors are available for conversations, making connections, and offering care.
Following the Butler University Covid-19 Guidelines, the CFV can be offered through virtual platforms like Zoom, Facetime, or phone calls. During the summer months we will respond to requests within two business days.
Why request a spiritual care conversation?
We are here to listen, provide a non-judgmental and non-anxious space, reflect back, and think out loud about next steps if needed. Different CFV Community Advisors may be connected to particular religious or secular traditions that inform that advisor’s approach. These conversations are a source of support and they may be ongoing, one-time only, or steering to another resource on campus.
Common topics discussed in these conversations include:
- Stress and change
- Making a decision for the future
- Relationships and community
- Topics related to identity, including but not limited to gender, sexuality, race, class, culture, ability, and religious tradition
- Theological or spiritual questions, concerns, and ideas
- Seeking meaning and purpose
What a spiritual conversation is not. This is not clinical treatment, nor is it an emergency response resource.
CFV staff and advisors who are ordained in their tradition can offer confidentiality. CFV staff and affiliates who are not ordained, while able to offer a high level of privacy, are obligated to report to relevant campus contacts if a crime, sexual misconduct, or the abuse of a minor is disclosed. If you would like more information about reporting obligations related to Campus Security Authorities, visit campus-security-authorities.
For information about reporting obligations related to sexual misconduct, visit sexual misconduct for employees.
For more information about how the University responds to reports of sexual misconduct, visit sexual misconduct/university response.
Those listed below with an asterisk* by their name are confidential resources.
Sally Childs-Helton, PhD, is the faculty advisor for the Secular Student Alliance. She is a Unitarian Universalist and conversant with the many forms secular belief takes. She understands being a seeker or questioner, the journey from being religious to being secular, and the challenges of being secular in the university community.
Jeff Daratony is on staff with Cru, a non-denominational Christian group. He is able to be a spiritual resource for students who may have questions or have a desire to grow in their faith. Jeff has been on Butler’s campus with Cru since 1993 and absolutely loves the Butler student and is always eager to connect.
Kailene Lewis is on staff with Cru, a non-denominational student ministry, and has been a part of the Butler community for several years. She really values one-on-one conversations with students to get to know them as individuals and go deeper in processing all areas of life and faith. Kailene is passionate about coming alongside students as they journey toward spiritual growth and sharing the love of God.
Rev. Daniel Meyers is available to listen and reflect as an active listener without judgement. As a conversation partner, Daniel hopes to help students, faculty, and staff reflect and in some cases find next steps as they navigate the concerns, questions, challenges, and celebrations most relevant to them.
Pastor Mierow serves the congregation of St Peter’s Lutheran Church (LCMS) and is the Lutheran campus pastor for Butler, IUPUI, and UIndy. He has over 10 years of experience with campus outreach, Bible study, teaching, pastoral care, and counseling.
Marguerite Stanciu is Advisor to Butler Meditation, a secular, student led group comprised of students interested in cultivating wellness through Mindfulness practice in daily life. Marguerite is a practitioner in the Buddhist tradition and an authorized Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and Teacher who loves to help students to connect with their own strength and goodness through meditation and community.
Anna Stankewitz serves as the Director of Campus Ministry for the Butler Catholic Community. She enjoys helping college students find a sense of belonging and accompanying them in their questioning and search for truth.
Fr. Maliakkal Varghese is a Roman Catholic priest within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, pastoring at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and School. He additionally serves as the priest for the Butler Catholic Community. Fr. Varghese has been a priest for more than three decades, initially as a missionary in Northeast India, where he is from.
The Reverend Samuel Vaught is an Episcopal priest and the Chaplain for Grace Unlimited, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at Butler. Father Sam welcomes conversations with students of any background about God, religious faith, life, and vocation, and is affirming of all LGBTQ+ members of our community. he/him
Nonie Vonnegut-Gabovitch is a Community Advisor for Butler Hillel students. She has volunteered for many years to help Jewish students at Butler find ways to identify as Jews that are meaningful and fun for them. Nonie is a mother of four adult children, an excellent listener, and enjoys connecting with Butler students.
Deborah Way is the Family and Youth Ministry Director for Meridian Street United Methodist Church and Community Advisor for the United Methodist Student Movement at Butler. Alongside serving in church and campus ministry, Deborah has been a practicing Spiritual Director for the past decade and as such provides a listening ear that is both caring and supportive.
Fr. David Wey was ordained to the Orthodox priesthood in 2005 and has served as the full-time parish priest to Ss. Constantine and Elena Orthodox Church since September 2006. Fr. David serves as the Rector of Hagia Sophia Classical Academy and is the Religious Advisor for Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) at Butler.
Matt Williams is passionate about helping student-athletes learn how to become a Total Athlete by integrating their faith and sport. He believes in the expansive love of Jesus and loves creating community and making others feel included.