• Diwali Festival

    The Alvarez College Union is aglow as students celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights that celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

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  • Kwanzaa Celebration

    The college chaplaincy honors and encourages diversity in religious expression and exploration.

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  • Compline

    Every Monday, the Compline service provides a way for students to unwind while listening to ancient hymns in the candlelight of Lingle Chapel.

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  • Sister Simone Campbell

    Sister Simone Campbell, founder of Nuns on the Bus, speaks with a small group of students while visiting campus for a lecture.

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Religious & Spiritual Life

Religious and spiritual life at Davidson College is celebrated in a diverse, inclusive environment that encourages students to honor the spiritual dimension of life, to cultivate their connection to a faith tradition, and to learn about the beliefs and practices of others. As a college that maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), Davidson is rooted in a tradition that affirms the dignity and worth of all people, whatever their religious heritage or beliefs. The Office of the Chaplain therefore supports a diversity of religious expressions and exploration, as well as interfaith dialogue and service.

Worship & Meditation

Weekly on-campus worship opportunities include Catholic Mass, Episcopal Eucharist, and a student-led ecumenical Christian praise service. Davidson Hillel sponsors monthly Shabbat services, and Muslim students gather regularly in a designated space for prayer. Seasonal celebrations include Christmas Vespers, the Hindu Diwali festival, and our Passover Seder. A red-brick labyrinth and peace garden provide an attractive outdoor space for walking meditation, and a prayer and meditation room called the Oasis is open daily in the Alvarez College Union. Learn more about Worship and Meditation service times and locations.

Chaplains & Campus Ministers

Davidson's chaplains are available to members of the college community from any faith tradition, or none at all, for pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and program planning. In addition, several campus ministers, appointed and employed by local churches, their own denominations, or national religious organizations, serve as advisers to particular religious communities at Davidson College.

Student Groups

Student-led organizations from many traditions are at the heart of spiritual and religious life on campus, offering opportunities for fellowship, service, study, and dialogue.

Service & Study

The Chaplain's Office provides opportunities for faith-based international experiences, summer internships, fellowships and grants for independent service and study.

Preparing for Ministry

The college's Preministerial Committee helps students explore a call to religious leadership and service in congregational and other ministry settings.