Spiritual and Religious Life

The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life supports members of the Allegheny community in learning, growing in leadership, and developing as whole persons. We seek to nurture and encourage persons of faith to deepen their engagement with their own faith traditions, while developing respect for difference. We work with other constituents to enhance the spiritual dimension of all persons’ lives, reach out in service to the local and global community, and address spiritual issues of concern that will lead to positive transformation of individuals, the institution, and the world.

Passover SederAt Allegheny College, we strive to engage people of faith, whether they are Catholic or Jewish, Hindu or Presbyterian, as well as those who seek spiritual enrichment in less formal experiences, or aren’t sure what they believe. We recognize that intellectual development must be balanced by opportunities to explore questions of meaning, purpose, and values, and to grow in compassion and connection to others.

Students of faith can deepen roots in their own tradition through:

    • Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish worship services on campus
    • Observance of important Islamic and Hindu holy days
    • Fellowship groups that gather to pray, study, and worship
    • Retreats to steal a few hours away from it all
    • Bible studies and prayer groups
    • Shabbat dinners
    • Mission trips and service projects
    • Movie nights, cookouts, and IMG_0487other activities that help form lasting friendships

Dealing with Difference
Interfaith Fellowship  welcomes all students who want to learn about other faiths and explore spiritual questions together.

We take diversity seriously, even when that means wrestling with the hard questions about pluralism and conflicts between certain beliefs and social issues.

Not Religious?
We partner with others on campus to explore the inner life through encounters with nature, animals, and the arts. Some recent events:

    • An Evening with Alexander String Quartet
      Dinner, music and conversation with world-class musicians
    • Blessing of the Animals
      Celebration of the creatures who share our homes and lives
    • Wilderness Retreat
      A day away from the books to restore the soul
    • Interfaith Earth Day Service
      A service in praise of creation, held in the midst of the natural world

We’re here for you
A full-time Chaplain is available as a resource for the community on spiritual and religious issues, and for pastoral and vocational counseling. Other staff members provide support and resources for specific faith groups. Our door is open to all members of the Allegheny community.