While many religious or spiritual practices are very personal in nature, we also know that for many students there is much value in gathering in community. In addition to practices or services offered through student clubs, we specifically strive to support several ongoing opportunities on-campus. This is an open-ended and evolving list – there’s always space to find new ways to meet students’ interests! Participation is always by individual choice, and most practices are very welcoming of those who want to observe or learn more about different spiritual traditions.
Friday Night Shabbat
Our student-led Shabbat services are held each Friday during the academic year. The location varies from year to year, but the combination of strong leadership from our Hillel with support from the campus helps to provide Jewish students the opportunity to gather weekly to welcome the Sabbath! Our services tend to be very informal and reflect the Reform background of many of our students, but are constantly adapting to meet the needs and makeup of the campus Jewish community.
Our dedicated Islamic Prayer Room is available for Muslim students throughout the academic year. A Qu’ran and prayer mats are always available. While our Muslim community is small, we’re committed to offering a safe and welcoming space for community and prayer.
In addition to special programs hosted by the CICE, and campus-coordinated services during Orientation, Advent, Ash Wednesday, Easter, and Commencement, much of our Christian worship is led by our diverse student clubs. There are usually at least two to three opportunities for Christian worship on campus each week led by clubs like Lighthouse, UPS Christian Fellowship, and YoungLife.
Buddhist Meditation and Prayer
Our campus Meditation Room is home to a variety of spiritual traditions, but we work to offer weekly student-led Buddhist meditation throughout the school year. While the complexity and global nature of Buddhism mean that there are many different ways people may choose to meditate or pray within Buddhist practice, we always encourage students to come together to explore different forms and rhythms for sitting meditation.
One common approach to meditation is to work with guided imagery and reflection. Our students and staff work to offer regular (often weekly) guided meditation experiences drawing from diverse spiritual and cultural backgrounds. Guided meditations are held every other Monday at 11am in the Meditation room.