The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life educates and models exploration and expressions of faith and spirituality; nurtures a welcoming, supportive, courageous environment where people engage one another for meaningful and balanced living.

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.

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The Landscape

 Tai Chi

This Spring term, join the LU Fencing coach Eric Momberg for Tai Chi Wednesdays at 5:30 in the Wellness Center Multipurpose Room 
 

Boots walking through a low stream.

Tuesdays at 5p for the Spring term, students join Amber and four-legged friend, Mudd to explore the surrounding outdoor trails of campus and get some fresh air. Meet on the first floor of the Center. Come as you are. No RSVP required. 

Meditation at Spiritual and Religious Life

Virtual and in-person. Join student leaders on Thursdays at 4:30 pm in the Goldgarden, East of the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life.  Virtual meditators can connect from here on Mondays at 4:30 pm. Connect with the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life for the room passcode.   Read more under 'Guided Contemplation'...

Spaces for spiritual reflection and observance 

We encourage you to make a special place in your room, home or building where you can practice that which is spiritually or religiously centering for you. 

 

Great News

Halal entrees available in Andrew Commons are now regularly available on Monday dinner and Friday lunch (different stations each of the days). Also, a Halal beef hamburger has been added it to the menu in The Cafe.  The burger will be cooked in a pan on the stove (not the flattop with the rest of the burgers) with different utensils, and all of the staff have received updated training on Halal foods and their preparation. 
 

Taking time at the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life   "Spiritual and Religious LIfe at Lawrence" White background with a pencil drawing of a campus building

 The Dean/Chaplain and Associate Dean are available for counseling and guidance even if you are off campus.  For those planning to be on campus, we will continue to provide safe and brave spaces for spiritual reflection and observance.  New ways we're using the space include Read More...

10 Well-Being Tips During the Days of COVID-19 - from the Center for Healthy Minds

Belonging - 5 Part Video Series Chair with blanket, knitting basket, and table with mug of tea

Even when life feels challenging, each encounter and challenge is a chance to grow spiritually. Kathy Privatt, James G. and Ethel M. Barber Professor of Theatre and Drama and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts brings you to the intersection of Alexander Technique and Christian faith as an opportunity to consider Belonging through a poem by David Whyte. 
Alexander Technique addresses how we live in ourselves - mind body fused together as one entity. This is achieved by reconnecting to our self awareness, pausing to interrupt habits, and focusing on process rather than the end result. 
The series of 5 reflections is waiting for you in our YouTube page.

 

Sustainable Spirituality   

Create your own Spiritual Sustainability Plan

Empower yourself to access your heart's hunger and develop connection with yourself and others. Take an hour to reflect and make a plan to take a spiritual step. 

Download the Sustainable Spirituality Workbook (.pdf) and use it you reflect, personalize, and plan for spiritual growth. Connect directly with Linda Morgan-Clement for additional direction or more information.    

The Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is open in the basement of the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life - use your ID for access. The door for the Food Pantry is across from the first floor restroom, with food, some books, and warm winter wear at the bottom of the stairs. 

3/14-20       (9a-midnight)  all building doors open
3/21-27       (9a-midnight)  all building doors open
3/28-4/3      (9a-midnight)  south building door only for Food Pantry access
4/4-10         (9a-midnight)  south building door only for Food Pantry access
4/11- 6/12    (9a-midnight) all building doors open

Prayer Wall

A Prayer wall is an opportunity to share your thoughts, fears, and hopes anonymously.  Bricks from the wall will be located in the Diversity and Intercultural Center and the Center for Spiritual and Religious Life as one way for Lawrence to process together.  Send your prayer request anonymously and we will add it to the wall.

Our Library

Reaching toward new discoveries and exploring courageously, books within our library allow the users of the center to explore the meaning and expression of spirituality through many lenses. Search by tags that correspond to an alphabet of spirituality, or surf the collection by typing ‘your library’ in the search box and allow yourself a glimpse of the poetry, sacred texts, spiritual literature, and spiritually insightful narratives.  Complete the checkout card, leave it in the bin provided, and you can borrow for 30 days (or more if the book really speaks to you).