Office of Student Engagement

Spiritual Development

Spiritual Wellness involves one's values, beliefs, and purpose and may be achieved in several ways. By connecting with people of other faiths and building trust we will encourage pluralism and strengthen our campus community. Spiritual Development refers to those motions of living that enlarge our souls and spirits. It includes:

  • Developing a greater connection to ourselves, others, and the world
  • Deriving meaning, purpose, and direction in our lives 
  • Opening to the presence of the sacred
  • Knowing what we care passionately about and learning how to bring those dreams and values to our work, relationships, and community
  • Discovering and healing the hurts and habits that prevent us from living fully
  • Taking time for reflection and nurturing our sense of wonder, awe, and gratitude

Throughout history, religion has provided people with the stories, symbols, and community for spiritual awakening and expression. For those students who grew up in a religious tradition, the college years are a time when students may take the opportunity to:

  • Discover the aspects of their faith that are important to them
  • Question their religious heritage and its relevance to their lives
  • Learn about and appreciate the wisdom of traditions other than their own
  • Connect with other students asking similar questions