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 Esch Hurvis 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

Ready for the weekend on Wednesday? 

Take advantage of Lawrence's commitment to the whole person and become part of a spiritual community of practice to develop skills for a lifetime.

MONDAYS at 6:00 pm. in the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life

Meditation at Spiritual and Religious Life

TUESDAYS at 4:30 pm. in the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life

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TUESDAYS at 5:00 meet at the back door or the Community room (Kitchen)

Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life

book club


TUESDAYS at 5:00 - 7:00  Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life

Tai Chi

THURSDAYS at 12:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room in the Wellness Center 

Spaces for spiritual reflection and observance 

Create a sustainable plan for spiritual growth.  Use the workbook for Sustainable Spirituality on your own time then make an appointment with one of the staff in the center to support your growth.

Find a special place on campus where you can follow your spiritual practice and make it your own

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The Food Pantry

The Community Pantry is now open in its new location in Memorial Hall.  The pantry is located on the first floor of Memorial Hall, but the west door (by the Wellness Center) and across from Room 100.  Until further notice, the pantry will be open from noon to 9pm.

Welcome Week

Look for the staff of the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life throughout the week at various places and events on campus, or drop in on us at the Esch Hurvis Center for Spiritual and Religious Life to explore the space, meet the staff, or just relax on a quiet couch. Check out below our more formalized plans for the week. 

Connect here if you'd like to know more about what is available for everyone.

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).