Albion Area Spiritual Opportunities
A directory Albion Area Spiritual Opportunities is available to any current Albion College student, faculty, or staff member. You must come by the Office of the Chaplain (Ferguson 103) to pick up a hard copy. The guide provides information on over 100 different organizations in or near Albion College, representing 16 different spiritual traditions. For information on specific faith communities, please contact the College Chaplain.
Boyd Meditation Chapel
Individuals and groups affiliated with Albion College are welcome to use the Boyd Meditation Chapel, located on the south end of Goodrich Chapel. Storage lockers are available for reservation by College-affiliated groups focused on spiritual life. Zabutons, zafus, and literature about spiritual practices are available for use. Boyd Meditation Chapel is available for reservation by contacting
Stockwell 305: Spiritual Life Library
Individuals and groups affiliated with Albion College are welcome to use Stockwell 305, located on the upper level of the historic Stockwell Library. Books, literature, and other items used by spiritual life group can be checked out on an honor-basis. Shelf space (locked or unlocked) is available for reservation by College-affiliated groups focused on spiritual life. Starting fall semester 2010, there will also be a coffeemaker, microwave, hotpot, and other items. Stockwell 305 is available for reservation by contacting
Students who have lost a loved one (or are going to) often find comfort through their faith. The College Chaplain offers spiritual care in times of grief, offering confidential space, bereavement resources, and prayer. At times, the College Chaplain collaborates with Counseling Services to co-facilitate a bereavement support group.
The College Chaplain is available to meet with couples about their relationship, and with couples who are preparing for marriage. It is strongly advised that couples meet with a clergy and/or counseling, to prepare for a life together. The Office of the Chaplain offers pre-marital curriculum, available for free for members of the Albion College community.
The College Chaplain facilitates a co-curricular group for students considering ministry. The group meets occasionally throughout the academic year, with discussion topics based on the individual needs of participants. The group is partnered with academic departments, as well as with the Department of Career Services. Contact the Office of the Chaplain for more information.
The Office of the Chaplain maintains a current listing of ministry opportunities, gathered from a variety of sources. Students seeking an opportunity (short-term or long-term) are encouraged to inquire. This listing is maintained in conjunction with the Department of Career Services.
Being an active Christian at Albion College is a dynamic experience. The Office of the Chaplain works with the student Christian leaders to nurture a context that upholds St. Paul's vision of unity in his exhortation to the Church in Philippi (Phil. 2). Because of this, Christians at Albion find themselves with friends who are conservative, moderate, and liberal, and coming from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Wednesday Night Chapel (9pm) is the united worship home for the campus. It's non-denominational/ecumenical. It's at the perfect time for students, and is student-led. It features a variety of student speakers, is Bible-based, inclusive, and lifts up a variety of musical genres. If you are considering Albion College as a Christian, plan a visit for Wednesday night, and experience the grace and praise of Wednesday Night Chapel!
Each semester, there are over a dozen Bible studies available to students. If for some reason you can not find one that matches your needs, talk to the College Chaplain, and we'll make sure one gets started!
Student Christian Groups
Regardless of your denominational background, there is a Christian community here for you. The Brochure for Christian Life Fall 2009 shows some of the details. When you plan your visit, ask to meet with the College Chaplain and some Christian student leaders. You will feel welcomed.
Many students who attend Albion College seek to grow their Christian faith through service to others or the environment. Whether it's getting involved in Habitat for Humanity in the Albion community, working on an environmental project, going with a mission trip to Appalachia, restoring a Jewish cemetery in Poland, or in many other ways, Albion College helps you grow your Christian faith through action.
The Office of the Chaplain facilitates a group that supports the development of students who are exploring ministry in many different forms -- professional, mission, education, counseling, and music. Group members have also included those who are interested in ministry as a secondary career (i.e., they want to be a physician, but also want to do ministry).
For students who know they are considering professional ministry, you are encouraged to meet with the College Chaplain when you visit. He will discuss resources for finding mentors among faculty and area clergy, as needed, as well as other supports in place for individuals planning to enter the ministry.
A Place to Grow Your Faith
Albion College is an excellent context to grow your Christian faith. On the one hand, you will be nurtured by faith-filled friendships that will last a lifetime. On the other hand, you will be challenged in the diverse environment of Albion College and the community of Albion. Recent graduates often comment on how important this dual experience was in their development as Christian leaders.
Area Spiritual Opportunities
Albion College is located in Albion, Michigan, a small town with over thirty active Christian churches. Students often get very involved in local congregations, as they seek to continue growing their Christian spirituality while college.
Albion is within driving distance of a wealth of diverse spiritual communities. These include major religious traditions (Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, Jain, Judaism, Sikh, and Unitarian-Universalist) as well as other spiritual and philosophical traditions. The Office of the Chaplain maintains close relationships with these communities, and serves as a central liaison for Albion College. The office often works closely with individuals and groups to organize visits and regular attendance.
Whether you are looking for a spiritual home away from home, or a simply a place to visit, the Office of the Chaplain can help.
If you are from an under-represented religious background (i.e., non-Christian), you are welcome and fully included in spiritual life at Albion College. There is a place for you in regular programming and in student organizations, and the Office of the Chaplain will work hard on your behalf to meet your needs.
One of the common questions from prospective students is where is the nearest temple/mosque/gurudwara? Please contact us for information. The College Chaplain has worked hard with nearby communities to create partnerships of support for our students from under-represented religious backgrounds. You can find what you need here!
The entire leadership of religious and spiritual life is built around interfaith understanding. The student advisory team for the campus is composed of students from eight different spiritual backgrounds. If you know you are interested in interfaith leadership, Albion College is an excellent place to get involved.