Religious and spiritual life at Davidson College is celebrated in a diverse, inclusive environment that encourages students to honor the spiritual dimension of life, to cultivate their connection to a faith tradition, and to learn about the beliefs and practices of others. As a college that maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), Davidson is rooted in a tradition that affirms the dignity and worth of all people, whatever their religious heritage or beliefs. The Office of the Chaplain therefore supports a diversity of religious expressions and exploration, as well as interfaith dialogue and service.
Weekly on-campus worship opportunities include Catholic Mass, Episcopal Eucharist, and a student-led ecumenical Christian praise service. Davidson Hillel sponsors monthly Shabbat services, and Muslim students gather regularly in a designated space for prayer. Seasonal celebrations include Christmas Vespers, the Hindu Diwali festival, and our Passover Seder. A red-brick labyrinth and peace garden provide an attractive outdoor 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.