• Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice

  • Statement of Purpose

    The purpose of the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice is:

    "To connect the pursuit of the common good with growth of the whole person, through compassionate action and courageous reflection."

    The programs of the Wesley Center bring together Catalyst Programs, Civic Engagement and Community Service, the Hancock-Hamline Collaboration, the McVay Youth Partnership, and Religious and Spiritual Life.

    Wesley Center Areas

    Civic Engagement and Community Service
    The Civic Engagement and Community Service branch of the Wesley Center provides programming and resources for community service initiatives, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement activities such as voting.

    Hamline to Hamline Collaboration
    Since 1991, when it became the first University-Elementary partnership of its kind in the nation, the Hamline to Hamline Collaboration has been working to create meaningful and lasting connections among elementary school, college, and the community that inspire the love of life-long learning. 

    McVay Youth Partnership
    The McVay Youth Partnership, “Youth VOICE”, is an after-school program where select Hamline students serve as mentors and role models working with inner-city, middle school youth. McVay fellows work in teams and are responsible for planning and leading the programming. They are assisted by McVay interns who bring their own unique talents to the program. All staff receive training from the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching and other organizations.

    Religious and Spiritual Life
    Religious and Spiritual Life is committed to building bridges connecting the sacred, academic, and social aspects of life on campus. The focus of RSL is on fostering spiritual exploration and growth, promoting compassion, justice, and concern for the common good, while providing personal, emotional, and spiritual support and referrals. RSL offers:

    • Confidential personal, emotional, and spiritual support
    • Services at critical times in the life of the Hamline University community and the world
    • The annual multifaith Baccalaureate Service for graduating students
    • The Annual Chocolate Seder and Latke Cook-Off
    • Christian programs, including the annual Christmas Candlelight Service, Ash Wednesday services, Gospel Choir, and periodic bilingual masses
    • Weekly events such as Buddhist meditation, Torah Study, Muslim Prayer, and Multifaith Alliance
  • Wesley Center News

    Hamline University recently hosted visiting Harvard Buddhist Chaplain Lama Migmar Tseten through the efforts of Hamline University Mindfulness and Meditation, a student group in the Wesley Center.

    This year, the staff of the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice would like to honor Carlos Sneed with the annual Community Social Justice Award.

    The Hamline community is encouraged to donate unwanted items found during spring cleaning to the Hamline-Midway Rummage Sale hosted by the Catalyst Programs. Donation bins can be found in every residence hall and by the Anderson Center front desk from May 15 - 22.