Additional Resources

Interfaith Initiatives

The College Chaplain coordinates interfaith life on Albion College's campus, by training, supervising, and supporting student leaders. 

Visiting Churches, Temples, and Mosques

The Office of the Chaplain maintains strong relations with most religious, spiritual, and philosophical communities in the area and in the region. The Bridge helps the Office of the Chaplain to facilitate visits to a variety of communities each academic year. The Office of the Chaplain can assist individuals and groups in planning a visit, as well as providing resources for preparing for the visit in terms of etiquette.

Cultural and Diversity Weeks and Months

The Office of Intercultural Affairs coordinates Albion College's celebration of Latino/Latina Heritage Month, Coming Out Week, Black History Month, and Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and other awareness celebrations. The Anna Howard Shaw Women's Center coordinates Women's History Month. The Office of the Chaplain (including Chapel) as well as student organizations often sponsor programs during these heritage weeks and months that have a religious, spiritual, or philosophical theme.

Umbrella Groups

Umbrella groups, supported by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Office of the Chaplain, regularly sponsor programs with significant religious and/or philosophical themes.

Student Organizations

Hillel's Sukkot on the Quad.

Albion College has a number of student organizations active in religious, spiritual, and philosophical life. All students are welcome in all organizations. The Office of the Chaplain actively supports the work and life of each organization, as well as bringing them together for Albion College Chapel. For more information on specific groups, ecumenical outreach, and interfaith initiatives, contact the Office of the Chaplain online (x0492).

For more information on student organizations in general, visit the Campus Programs and Organizations website.

Athletes in Action

Athletes in Action at Albion College exists to reach student athletes for Jesus Christ through the influences of sports. This is accomplished through small group Bible studies, discipleship, summer opportunities and a conference. Athletes in Action is an offshoot of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru)

Campus Crusade for Christ is an international, interdenominational Christian ministry dedicated to turning spiritually lost students into Christ-centered laborers. Primary focus is on discipleship and fellowship. There are many different Bible studies, and a weekly meeting. Also, there are several opportunities to attend various retreats, conferences, and concerts.

Catholic Connections

Catholic Connections is the Catholic group on campus dedicated to spreading the Catholic teaching, while growing deeper in faith. Rides are provided to Mass at St. John Church every Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and there is a weekly Meeting/Bible Study/Fellowship night on campus. Some years, Catholic Connections organizes a retreat. During Lent, members help out at Fish Fries at St. John.  In the past the group has also helped with a Theology on Tap at Cascarelli's during the spring semester.

Hillel

Albion College Hillel offers a voice to the Jewish students on campus to improve awareness about cultural issues such as anti-Semitism. It gives Jewish students and faculty an opportunity to observe holiday traditions, as well as provide non-Jewish members of the community the chance to learn more about the Jewish culture.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is an interdenominational group whose purpose is to build student-led collegiate fellowships that are committed to evangelism, discipleship, engagement of the campus in all its diversity, and the world mission of the church in obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The chapter is affiliated with the international IVCF, and participates in a number of conferences and training events. There are large group meetings, smaller Bible studies in every residence hall, regular prayer meetings, and various social events. Everyone is welcome to participate in any activity.

Muslim Student Association

Muslim Student Association is a support network for Muslims on Albion College's campus, and is affiliated with the national Muslim Student Association. The group provides programs that teach about Islam and the Islamic culture. These range from special dinners to religious observances.

Secular Humanist Group

The Secular Humanist Group serves as an open forum and support group for students who are nonreligious. The group helps students develop ideas and skills for their future in a religious society and emphasizes making life meaningful by helping others and building long-lasting friendships. The group is affiliated with the Center for Inquiry - Michigan, part of a national network for nonbelievers.

United Voices of Albion College (UVAC)

UVAC is an organization that stands on the foundation of Christian unity, diversity, knowledge, and leadership. UVAC exemplifies African-American heritage through gospel music. The group's main event, United Voices in Praise, is a concert each year involving students and the community. Student leaders in UVAC direct and manage rehearsals, and produce the gospel concerts. UVAC welcomes students of all backgrounds.

Wesley Fellowship

Wesley Fellowship is a welcoming group that strives to connect students to real relationships with God, each other, and the rest of the world. Operating out of a Christian framework but a group for all students who want to grow spiritually, Wesley Fellowship discusses ideas and concerns, and serves others. While historically United Methodist, Wesley welcomes all students interested in faith and celebrates the diversity that is to be found in Albion. Weekly meetings consist of some kind of activity (ultimate, Cranium etc.), reflection, and discussion over a meal, interspersed service and cultural events. The group is supported by the local First United Methodist Church of Albion.

Campus Spaces

Boyd Meditation Chapel

Boyd Meditation Chapel

The Boyd Meditation Chapel offers a space to meet Albion College's personal and small group spiritual needs. It is located on the south end of the Goodrich Chapel building, down the hall from the front entrance, and is open the same hours as the main building. All members of the Albion College community are welcome to use the room. The Boyd Meditation Chapel is available for "drop-in" use or by reservation to . Storage cabinets are available for reservation by groups (contact to obtain a reservation form). Zabutons, zafus, and "how-to" literature about spiritual practices are accessible to anyone

 

Spiritual Life Library

Spiritual Life Library

The Spiritual Life Library offers a space for campus spiritual life groups to meet, as well as a home for a student-picked collection of literature and other resources. It is located in Stockwell Library 305, adjacent to the Wendell Will Room, and is open the same hours as the Library. All members of the Albion College community are welcome to use the room. Most of the collection is available for reservation/check-out on an honor system. The Spiritual Life Library is available for "drop-in" use or by reservation to . Storage cabinets are available by groups; contact .

 

Goodrich Chapel

Goodrich Chapel

Opened in 1957, Goodrich Chapel is often considered the visual hub of the Albion community. Individuals and groups that wish to use Goodrich Chapel can inquire at and . The College Chaplain can also be contacted at to discuss potential use.

 

Whitehouse Nature Center

Whitehouse Nature Center

For most individuals, spiritual development is deepened through connection with the natural world. The Whitehouse Nature Center offers a space to help this connection. It is easily accessible next to the Athletic complex fields. For more information, visit the Whitehouse Nature Center website.

 

Office of the Chaplain

The Office of the Chaplain offers a safe space for students and groups to relax and reflect, as well as find resources for advocacy and planning. It is located at 1000 E. Porter St., across from Whitehouse Hall, and is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. All members of the Albion College community are welcome. The College Chaplain is available for prayer and discussions of spiritual discernment.

SOAR Registration Confirmation

Thank you.

Your SOAR registration has been submitted.

The SOAR Office will process your request and match your preference with session availability. You will be emailed mailed a confirmation letter detailing the session to which you were assigned to both the student and primary family member email address.   A hard copy confirmation will follow sent via US mail to the home address you supplied.  Please allow a few days for processing and for mail delivery. If you believe that you haven't received your materials in a prompt fashion, please feel free to contact the SOAR office and inquire about your status.

You may contact the SOAR Office via phone Monday through Friday, between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 517/629-0433.

Resources for Personal Growth

Tips for Individual Spiritual Practice

The Office of the Chaplain offers one-page "tips" for spiritual practice in a variety of traditions.  Most of these ideas can be practiced alone; a few require participation in a group. Students are welcome to stop by the Office of the Chaplain to pick up one-page "tips" on any of the following traditions:

  • Buddhist
  • Christian
  • Hindu
  • Humanist
  • Jewish
  • Muslim
  • Spiritual but Not Religious

Meditation

Many students seek to integrate meditation into their life. There are a number of ways on campus to find help in this:

  • Yoga Class.  Taking this for-credit course is one of the most accessible ways to learn to meditate.
  • Buddhist Sitting Group.  Beginning in the fall 2010 semester, this group will be focused on Buddhist traditions of meditation.
  • Counseling Services.  Many of the counselors on staff can help resource individuals interested in meditation.
  • Idiot's Guide to Meditation is available in the Boyd Meditation Chapel, along with other how-to literature (e.g., Zen).

Bible Studies and Prayer Groups

Many Christian groups on campus host Bible studies and prayer groups, using a wide variety of curriculum.  For more information, please contact the Office of the Chaplain if you are interested in learning more, attending, or leading a study/prayer group.

Counseling Services

Many students find support for their spiritual growth through counseling sessions at Counseling Services. To learn more, call their office at x0236.

Meet with the Chaplain

Many students find support for their spiritual growth, as well as prayer and pastoral presence, through meeting with the College Chaplain.  To learn more, call the office at x0492.

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