Davidson encourages students to explore the religious and spiritual dimensions of life in a global context. The Chaplain's Office provides opportunities for international experiences, faith-based internships, and ministerial fellowships for service and leadership.
This program gives an ecumenical team of 10-12 students the opportunity to work with and learn from people in impoverished communities in Central America.
This year (and every other year) a team of Davidson students and chaplains will visit the ecumenical monastery of Taizé, in western France. The monastery in Taizé was founded in the 1940s as a community of reconciliation and welcome by Brother Roger Schutz, who desired to foster community, simplicity, silence, and opportunities to encounter a God of love. Today, the monks of Taizé host tens of thousands of young adults from all over the world and all faith traditions, for a week-long experience of spiritual exploration and practice: contemplative worship, silence, and scripture study, as well as casual conversations and daily work alongside diverse peers from many countries cultures.
The 2018 trip will be led by Chaplain Rob Spach, Associate Chaplain Karen Soos, and Episcopal Campus Minister Fr. Greg McIntyre. Students of all religious and secular backgrounds are welcome to apply. Students who are unable to attend the information session should meet with one of the leaders to discuss the trip prior to applying. The application is due by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 16. For more information about the community itself, visit the Taizé website.
This 10-week summer internship engages a group of four students in full-time community service among the urban poor in Charlotte. In addition, interns meet weekly with the college chaplain and local religious leaders to reflect on their experiences.
Ministry fellowships in religious vocation and leadership are available to students of any faith tradition with a strong record of academic achievement, campus leadership and service.
The Preministerial Committee offers guidance and support for students exploring a call to religious leadership and service after graduation.
Many faith-based organizations offer year-long internships for college graduates. These opportunities integrate service, spirituality, simple living in community, and social justice.