The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life provides a welcoming and supportive environment for spiritual and religious explorations and expressions of faith. Programs, services, and student groups bring the Lawrence community together for educational opportunities, multifaith conversations around critical topics, campus ceremonies, and religious services and celebrations.
The Center for Spiritual and Religious Life is a welcoming place for curious, intentional, respectful engagement with persons of similar, different or no religious tradition, and for quiet personal reflection and spiritual practice.
If you'd like to be contacted regarding something specific at the Center, connect with us here.
Leonard Bernstein's Mass - Mainstage Opera
MASS is a fully staged, dramatic pageant that mixes sacred and secular texts, using the traditional Latin liturgical sequence as the fundamental structure and inserting tropes in contemporary English that question and challenge the prescribed service, as well as meditations that demand time for reflection. Bernstein and Schwartz took the Tridentine Mass, a highly-ritualized Catholic rite meant to be recited verbatim, and applied to it a very Jewish practice of debating and arguing with God. The result was a piece that powerfully communicated the confusion and cultural malaise of the early 1970s, questioning authority and advocating for peace
The 2018-2019 LU mainstage opera will be Leonard Bernstein's Mass, incorporating American Sign Language to explore issues of communication, when ideological differences arise. The opera, usually sung in English, is fully staged and performed with full orchestra. Guests and the Lawrence community are invited to share in this performance. Tickets are available through the LU Box Office.
Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare
Jewish Museum Milwaukee is hosting the exhibit Blacklist:The Hollywood Red Scare, and the Office of Spiritual & Religious Life is hosting a field trip to take part in this unique exhibit. The Lawrence community is invited to take a trip to the past and view this special exhibit. Additional time will be allotted to explore the entire museum. Please sign up with either Elliot Ratzman or with the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Trip details: Sunday, January 20, 2019. Vans will depart from Wriston turnaround at 10am and return to campus approximately 6pm.
Please sign up by January 15th. Space is limited, admission cost and lunch will be provided.
LU Unplugged - February 7th Campus-wide
Have a cell free day and connect with yourself.
By taking advantage of a range of opportunities to unplug, we invite reflection and connection. On February 7, anyone in the Lawrence community who wishes to deposit their cell phone at Sabin House will be invited to join in a community banquet that will focus on sharing reflections of the day. Cell phone drop off will be at 11am, and phones will be returned during the banquet at 5:30pm.
There will be a number of activities to choose from. Some with limited space, and others open for the duration of the day. There will be active options as well as contemplative selections. Games and crafts will be included. Some clubs will host in collaboration with staff, and there will be student led activities, staff and faculty led activities, painting, meditation, creative arts, guided tours, and directed life tutorials designed to better inform your experiences.
Look for the details to come including registration via Give Pulse.
It's never too early in the academic year to consider being a part of the baccalaureate service during commencement weekend. As a tribute to their spiritual journey at Lawrence, seniors create a multifaith reflection of that journey to honor the class.
If you think you might be interested in being part of the planning team for Baccalaureate 2019, please contact Dean Morgan-Clement.
The Spiritual Lives at Lawrence Project seeks to create a video library of diverse persons from across campus talking about their spiritual and religious experiences and practices. Everyone is invited and encouraged to be a part of this experience regardless of your background or current spiritual identity. Here are some samples of what you can expect to see.
This is an ongoing effort to tell the spiritual stories, in their own words, of the students, staff and faculty that make up Lawrence.
We welcome you to visit regularly for new narratives.