• 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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Davidson, NC 28035

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Davidson, NC 28035


Religious & Spiritual Life

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.

Communities & Practice

Students from a variety of religious communities gather regularly for prayer, worship, and ritual observances. In the Christian tradition, weekly services on campus include Catholic Mass, Episcopal Eucharist, Presbyterian worship and ecumenical student-led services. Jewish students meet in residence halls or our Multicultural House to celebrate Shabbat, and Muslim students gather each Friday for Jumah prayers. Our religious observance calendar highlights major holy days of many traditions, and seasonal celebrations on campus 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.

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.