Religious and spiritual life at Davidson is celebrated in an inclusive, pluralistic environment that encourages members of our community to honor the spiritual dimension of life, to cultivate connections to particular faith traditions, and to learn about the beliefs and practices of others. As a college that maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), Davidson values the dignity and worth of all people and fosters respect for the world's various faith traditions. The Office of the Chaplain serves the entire college community, supporting a wide range of opportunities for worship, interfaith dialogue, fellowship, and service.
Weekly on-campus worship opportunities include Catholic Mass, Episcopal Eucharist, several student-led praise services, and Friday Jummah prayers for the Muslim community. Davidson Hillel sponsors monthly Shabbat services. Seasonal celebrations include Christmas Vespers, the Hindu festivals of Diwali and Holi, and our annual Passover Seder. A red-brick labyrinth and peace garden provide an attractive 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.
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-led organizations from many traditions are at the heart of spiritual and religious life on campus, offering opportunities for fellowship, service, study, and dialogue.
The Chaplain's Office provides opportunities for faith-based international experiences, summer internships, fellowships and grants for independent service and study.
The college's Preministerial Committee helps students explore a call to religious leadership and service in congregational and other ministry settings.