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

Opera: MASS by Leonard Bernstein with Stephen Schwartz
February 14-17, 2019

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. 

LU Unplugged - February 7th Campus-wide

LU Unplugged

Have a cell free day and connect with yourself and others.  

On February 7th,  take advantage of a range of opportunities to unplug engaging in reflection and connection.  Some of these have limited space while others are open for the duration of the day. Included are: 

  • Games 
  • painting,
  • meditation,
  • guided tours, 
  • and more

Seize the day!  Plug into your experiences and the people around you in a more focused way. Unplug from your phone for the day. 

  • Drop off at Sabin house between 10:30 – 11:30 am.  –check in your phone, record your intention, and receive your LU Unplugged sticker.
  • Throughout the day, choose from the menu for options for engaging with yourself and others.
  • Dinner & Reflection – 5:30 – 6:30 is your time to share a meal (no charge to you) and reflect with others on the experience of being plugged into the experiences of the day.  At the end of our shared meal time, you will reclaim your phone using your LU ID.

Look for the details to come including registration via Give Pulse.  Utilize Give Pulse with your LU login. 

Baccalaureate Service 2018

LU Baccalaureate 2018

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.  

Watch Spiritual Lives at Lawrence

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. 


A few of our notable stories are shared and we hope you will be inspired to view and be a part of the discussion, either through a simple viewing, or perhaps through your own storytelling experience. 

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. 

Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
Building Hours

8am to midnight, daily with Lawrence ID

The Center is open to the public between the hours of 8:30am - 5pm weekdays.
Before 8:30am and after 5pm doors are open for swipe access with Lawrence ID.

Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
Office Hours

8am to 5pm Monday through Friday
Offices in The Center for Spiritual and Religious Life are located on the second floor

*Appointments available*

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