Worship & Meditation

RaisaDavidson offers a range of opportunities for regular worship and meditation, as well as seasonal celebrations and services from a variety of traditions.

Worship

  • Catholic Mass: Sundays at 6:30 p.m. in Lingle Chapel.
  • Episcopal Eucharist: Sundays at 4:30 p.m. in the Oasis.
  • Jummah Prayer (Muslim): 
Friday afternoons in the Oasis.
  • Shabbat Services (Jewish): Occasional Friday evenings each semester in the Multicultural House.
  • Thursday Praise and Worship (Ecumenical): Thursdays at 10 p.m. in the sanctuary of Davidson College Presbyterian Church. The service is a student-led gathering with contemporary praise music, prayer and scripture.
  • Weekly College Worship (Ecumenical):
 Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union. The service is Christian worship led by students and the College Chaplain. It incorporates music and liturgy from around the world (including in the style of Taizé), quiet reflection, and a monthly celebration of Holy Communion.

Meditation

The Davidson Labyrinth is a great spot for walking meditation or quiet reflection. Located in Hobart Park (across Faculty Drive behind the athletic scoreboard), the labyrinth is accessible at any time.  Another peaceful space for meditation or private prayer is the Oasis, located in the Chaplain's Office suite in the Alvarez College Union. Open daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Seasonal Worship and Celebration

In addition to weekly worship opportunities, the college community holds seasonal worship services and celebrations annually, including:

  • Christmas Vespers (Christian)
  • Festivals of Diwali and Holi
 (Hindu)
  • A Feast on Eid al-Fitr
 (Muslim)
  • Passover Seder (Jewish)

  • Ash Wednesday service (Christian)
  • Lunar New Year (many traditions in most Asian nations) 

Observances and Holy Days

Davidson's chaplaincy encourages students, staff, and faculty members to be aware and respectful of the diverse religious observances of its community members when scheduling events.

While not a comprehensive list of all holy days from every tradition, this calendar includes those that are particularly significant to traditions represented on campus.