The gatherings are open to all students and offer a free and freshly-made meal of vegetarian pasta, salad, garlic bread and dessert. The evenings begin with brief introductions and rituals of thanksgiving before dinner is served.
“Members of the student group Peer to Peer conceived of Pasta Night as a break in the middle of the week and a chance to meet the Chaplain informally,” says Charles, who decided to continue with Pasta Nights after The Rev. Leslie Adams, who started the tradition, retired as Chaplain in 2015. “I often have meaningful conversations with students about their lives while standing over the stove or tidying up.”
Pasta Nights are scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m., but students can arrive at 5 p.m. if they wish to assist the host with cooking. Reservations are not required and gluten free pasta is available upon request. You do not have to be religious to attend.
Charles looks forward to Pasta Nights as one of the highlights of his week, and enjoys seeing both new and returning students. “I want students from all different backgrounds to consider the Chaplain’s Residence a home away from home,” Charles says, adding that the events are lively and casual, with lots of laughter.