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

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

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

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

Religious & Spiritual Life

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Religious & Spiritual Life

At Davidson, we celebrate learning about and practicing faith in ways that nurture the mind, body, and spirit. Our religious and spiritual life is as diverse and vibrant as our student body. With 17 student organizations and the support of the Chaplain's Office, we hope that Davidson will be a spiritual home for all. The Chaplain's Office serves the entire college community, supporting a wide range of opportunities for worship, interfaith dialogue, fellowship, social action, and service.

Religious Observances & Holy Days

Davidson maintains a calendar of holy days to encourage students, staff, and faculty members to be aware and respectful of the diverse religious observances of our community members. In addition to weekly worship opportunities in a variety of traditions, the college community holds seasonal worship services and celebrations annually, including:

  • Lunar New Year (many traditions in most Asian nations)
  • Ash Wednesday (Christian)
  • Passover Seder (Jewish)
  • Tenebrae Service during Holy Week (Christian)
  • Feasts on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
  • Festivals of Diwali and Holi (Hindu)
  • Christmas Vespers (Christian)

Davidson's Presbyterian Heritage

As a college that maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), Davidson values the dignity and worth of all people. College governance, finances, and policies are independent of the denomination. Because of its Presbyterian heritage, Davidson is committed to:

  • Academic excellence and unfettered intellectual inquiry
  • Respect for every religious and philosophical tradition and worldview
  • Civic engagement, community service, and leadership for the common good
  • An honor code that creates a community of integrity and trust
  • Education of the whole person in a residential community setting
  • Solidarity with people of all ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and gender identities