Student Handbook 2020-2021

Chaplain’s Office/Center for Interfaith Engagement

Location: Dahlstrom Student Center, #40
Phone: (315)279-5378


The Center for Spiritual Life (C.S.L.) is located in the Dahlstrom Student Center (D-40), at the bottom of the stairs, by the Oak Room. The office suite has a lounge, a meditation/prayer/reflection room, and an office space for the chaplain.

The C.S.L. supports religious, secular, and spiritual identities on campus, with the goal of developing citizens and leaders who are balanced in body, mind, and spirit, to serve the world. The C.S.L strives to create an interfaith culture on campus, where people can engage with one another, respect one another, and learn from one another, across lines of religious, secular, and spiritual thought. The C.S.L. informs the campus about religious holidays by providing a religious holidays calendar that highlights major religious celebrations in religions represented on our campus and around the world. In the midst of a diverse, multi-faith people, the C.S.L. seeks to provide possibilities for peacemaking, social justice, interfaith dialogue, leadership development, and personal growth for both the individual and the community. 

To raise religious, secular, and spiritual awareness, the C.S.L. provides trips to houses of worship within the greater Rochester area, sponsors a World Interfaith Harmony Week, provides training for interfaith leadership, and offers programs on the campus and in residence halls. In addition, the C.S.L. utilizes eight spiritual paths (Arts/Creativity, Contemplation, Intellectual Inquiry, Nature, Relationship, Service, Social Activism, and Worship) to explore “Life’s Big Questions.” The student directors work with the chaplain to provide interfaith programming to the campus. Other programs of the C.S.L. include Yoga, a student led, non-denominational service, a weekly campus conversation called, “Know Your Neighbor,” and an annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip. Past ASB trips have included Tennessee, Cincinnati, Washington D.C., Costa Rica, Southern Illinois, and Puerto Rico.

Leadership opportunities in the C.S.L. include student directors of spiritual paths (work study), membership on the College’s Spiritual Life Advisory Board (SLAB), student Interfaith Leadership Team, and conferences.

The C.S.L. encourages student involvement in the Senate recognized club, Coexist. Coexist is led by students interested in religious, secular, and spiritual life. The diverse group demonstrates how persons of different religious and nonreligious beliefs can grow and work collaboratively. The C.S.L. assists students in connecting to faith communities in the surrounding area, when students express interest. 
Scholarship money is available for students looking to explore a "Spiritual Exploration Field Period." The Field Period Office notifies students about scholarship dates and the application process.
Keuka College is historically related to the American Baptist Churches USA, but is not a religious institution. While we offer a variety of religious and spiritual activities through the Center for Spiritual Life and clubs, students are not required to take religious courses or participate in religious activities or services.

The College chaplain is available to the entire Keuka College community for pastoral care, support, and spiritual guidance and can be reached at ext. 5378.