The Office of Religious Life provides opportunities for religious and spiritual practice appropriate to a diverse student body and sensitive to one’s religious, spiritual, or philosophical understanding. Through the Office of the Chaplain, the Interfaith Initiative, and the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling, the Office of Religious Life is committed to the “development of the whole person” in the context of a liberal arts education.
Statement on Church Relatedness
Religious Life Ethical Framework
The Office of the Chaplain offers programs to support students in their religious commitments. In honor of the College’s relationship to the United Methodist Church, some programs are designed specifically for Christian students.
- A Fellowship Meal is held on Monday nights at 5:45p.m. in Worsham with a home-cooked meal provided by staff, students, and local churches.
- Weekly interdenominational worship services are held each Monday night at 6:30p.m. in Greene Chapel. Services are led by students with the Chaplain and special guests preaching.
- Communion is celebrated in Greene Chapel each Wednesday at 7:45 a.m.
- Small Groups of 6-8 students led by student religious life leaders are available. Small Groups meet weekly for faith formation, fellowship, prayer, & Bible study.
- Bonhoeffer House is an intentional Christian Living Community located on Front Street. Students who want to grow in living out their faith in daily life can apply to live in Bonhoeffer House.
The Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, & Calling helps students explore vocational passions in service to others, on retreats, through internships, and in professional ministry exploration.
- Exploring Ministry Together (EMT) gathers interested students on Monday nights at 7:30p.m. in the Office of Religious Life to explore a potential call to professional Christian ministry and is led by the Chaplain. The Miller Center also offers seminary visit stipends each semester.
- Service-Learning Trips are supported each year to sites in the US and abroad where students volunteer in social outreach to learn about themselves and the world through service to others.
- Internship Stipends are awarded each spring and summer for interns exploring non-profit and religious leadership work. TheElizabeth T. and John S. Workman Summer Project Grant is awarded each summer to a rising junior or senior who wants to further vocational exploration through the United Methodist Church, social justice work, journalism, or creative writing.
Initiative welcomes students of all religious, spiritual, and philosophical
commitments as we build a community of mutual respect and understanding in
service to the world.