Leaving home and your culture can be a stressful experience, especially when moving away to college. At the same time, college can also be the perfect place to discover new cultures and religions that you may have not had the chance to be involved with before. Fortunately, Colorado College has a tremendous myriad of activities for most popular spiritual practices out there ranging from the subjects of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and more.
Colorado College offers a diverse selection of Christian involvement on campus. The First Congregational Church (UCC) is a place where Christians openly discuss religion while being accepting of others, including LGBTQIA+ peers. UCC’s worship starts Sept. 13 at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The community is also starting the Student Christian Movement (SCM), which is a movement for Christians to pursue social justice and progression. SCM, like UCC, is also LGBTQIA+ friendly. For more conservative Catholics, the Catholic Community and Catholic Campus Ministry provide weekly Sunday Masses at 4:30 p.m. in Shove Chapel and other churches within walking distance along with community dinners on Thursdays, Bible sessions, and semi-annual retreats to Baca.
The Chaplain’s Office also provides Taizé, a Christian candlelight service held every second Monday of the Block. Other Christian fellowships include Navigators, a group that aims to connect the Bible’s teaching to our daily lives and to discuss them, and Revolution Ministries, a leadership organization that attempts to inspire fellow Christians to lead their communities and give them the skills necessary to spread their ideals, and many more.
For non-Christians, Colorado College provides services for Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and other spiritual students as well as for Christian students. For example, the college offers many different adjunct classes such as DS243: Somatic Practices: QiGong, a Chinese meditative class, and HE121/221/321, which are adjuncts that allow you to learn Hebrew at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. For Jewish students, the Colorado College Hillel provides weekly Shabbat services and multiple social gatherings throughout the year like a Sukkot celebration and a Hanukkah cook-off.
Muslim Student Life supports Muslim students through Juma prayer at the Interfaith House and meal/holiday celebrations. Buddhist students can meet with Zen Buddhism or Tibetan Buddhism for a weekly meditation session in addition to the meditation sessions that are offered in the mornings and evenings. There are also spiritual events for other spiritualties like the Quakers.
For more information about Colorado College’s spiritual practices, visit the Chaplains’ Office in Shove Chapel, via phone at 719-389-6638, or online at https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/chaplainsoffice/.