Religious and Spiritual Life
Sacred places for prayer and meditation
Hamline welcomes people of all religious traditions as well as those with none. Recognizing that Hamline’s campus community is religiously diverse, the programs of Religious and Spiritual Life are committed to:
- Building bridges to connect the sacred, academic, and social aspects of life on campus
- Fostering spiritual exploration and growth
- Promoting compassion, justice, and concern for the common good
- Providing personal, emotional, and spiritual support to the campus community
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The Gathering Place and the Wellspring are two places on campus with the specific purpose of providing a space for students to pray, meditate, and gather for spiritual and religious events. Both are open every day for all students, faculty, and staff who wish to use them. Hours for both locations are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Please contact Public Safety if doors are locked.
The Gathering Place
The Gathering Place is located in Sorin Hall. Services provided through the Gathering Place include:
- A spacious and windowed back room where you can pray, meditate, study, or just relax
- Muslim prayer rugs, feet washing stations, and meditation zafus
- A mid-sized meeting space that can be reserved through Events Management
- Area to host events with arrangeable chairs and tables available
The Wellspring is located on the third floor of the Anderson Center. It is open all week to anyone that wishes to use it and may be reserved for meditation or other programming. The Wellspring is intentionally interfaith.
Advising, programs, events, and student-led groups
Join Chaplain Kelly Figueroa-Ray for this weekly gathering that focuses on a new theme each term. This program is open to all and occurs 9 to 10 a.m. every Sunday in the Gathering Place in Sorin Hall. Contact Chaplain Kelly Figueroa-Ray with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, we invite a progressive religious scholar to campus for several days of speaking and teaching in our community. The Mahle Lecture is an opportunity to interact with scholars from around the world in a personal way. Contact Kelly Figueroa-Ray at email@example.com with questions.
The Hamline University Multifaith Baccalaureate serves to celebrate our Hamline graduates through diverse religious expression. We express gratitude for being a spiritually diverse student body. This annual event is for Hamline graduates and their friends and family as well as fellow students who want to honor the graduating seniors. The service takes place on Commencement Weekend.
Religious and Spiritual Life staff seeks to support all students, while bringing particular experience from Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions. Students seeking a more personal connection to discuss religious questions, find support for new understandings, and explore their Hamline experience from spiritual perspectives can contact one of our staff members:
- Chaplain Kelly Figueroa-Ray, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rabbi Esther Adler, email@example.com
Spirituality Scholars is a unique, stipended, co-curricular program in spiritual exploration offered by the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice. The program runs throughout eight months of the fall and spring semesters (excluding J-term) with weekly Tuesday afternoon meetings from 4:10 to 6 p.m. in the Sorin Commons Gathering Place.
This program invites undergraduates to explore and reflect on the connections in their lives between spirituality, religion, identities and vocation in our global world. The group will be an interfaith community, led by University Chaplain Kelly Figueroa-Ray, director of the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice; along with guest leaders like Rabbi Esther Adler. We will ask weighty questions, deep questions, and personal questions. The program is designed to create an intentional, thoughtful exploration for students seeking to deepen their spiritual journeys, learn from diverse spiritual teachers, explore spiritual practices to ground their lives, and create innovative projects on the theme.
For a complete list of all student groups on campus and more specific information on the groups listed here, please visit Hamline Student Organization and Activities portal (presence.io).
Jewish Student Life
Jewish Student Life fosters growth that is spiritual, social, and academic by providing community networking and outreach programming. We'll help you find the community and connections that are out there, and we welcome you into our community! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Multi-faith Alliance is a group of unlike-minded people asking the big questions: What is at the root of religion? How can we enhance community by learning about religions and faiths? It's a safe space to discuss, listen, and learn where everyone is welcome. This is a positive environment for all religious traditions or those with none. Meetings take place every Monday at 5 p.m. in the Bush Center Multifaith Chapel during the academic year. Dinner is included! Contact email@example.com with questions.
Muslim Student Association
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) builds community among students on campus and sponsors several annual events, including Islamic Awareness Week. MSA meets weekly on Mondays at 5 p.m. in the Anderson Center, room 115. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.