Spiritual and Religious Life
The Chaplains Office encourages students to explore and nurture the spiritual connection with themselves and with others, which includes the following elements:
Reflecting on questions that help you better understand yourself.
- Who am I?
- What is important to me?
- Why do I think, believe and behave the way I do?
The capacity to be kind to yourself and to others.
The ability to make sense out of life’s ups and downs.
The aptitude to discern what direction you want your life to go, and why.
Becoming part of something in which you feel seen, heard, and valued.
- Community Responsibility
Developing a sense of responsibility to the common good that results in community service and/or civic engagement.
- Global Worldview
Cultivating a sense of connection with all humanity that leads to a positive attitude towards and meaningful relationships with those of different cultures, religions, and beliefs.
What about Faith?
If you are a person of faith, we encourage you to nurture your spiritual connections within the context of your faith commitment. This would involve the same elements of connection listed above, within the framework of nurturing your connection with God (or a higher power).
Benefits beyond College
Employers are looking for college graduates who possess not only the academic skills to do their job, but also the ethical character essential to becoming a valued professional. In addition, they need team players who are both responsible and enthusiastic about participating in a global environment. Nurturing your spiritual connections has numerous benefits, including:
- Spiritual Wellbeing
Being at peace with yourself.
- Ethical Behavior
Being consistent between what you believe and how you behave.
- Global Citizenship
Bringing meaning and purpose to your life and to the lives of others in a way that contributes to the good of the global community (global citizenship).
The Chaplains Role
Our Chaplains have the expertise and resources to help you nurture your spiritual connections. As Chaplains, our role is not to influence you towards our beliefs, but rather to support you as you cultivate your own spiritual development. We are available for individual conversations, small group discussions, or large group presentations and collaborations.
The Chaplains Office offers assistance to students looking for a religious club on-campus, and/or a religious community off-campus. Our Chaplains provide oversight of the student religious clubs and serve as liaisons with the local religious communities. Together, we work to promote mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation between students of different religious beliefs. We believe this is essential to global citizenship and world peace.
The Interfaith Chapel
The Chaplains Office is located in the Interfaith Chapel. This building serves as the Center for both spiritual and religious connection.
Meditation and Prayer Rooms Available
The Interfaith Chapel has a meditation room and several prayer rooms. These are available for individual reflection, meditation, and prayer.
Flexible Hours to Accommodate Students' Schedules
The Interfaith Chapel is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. During the fall and spring semesters student religious organizations meet here at various times. A Catholic Mass is held Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
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