Transylvania is committed to cultivating a campus environment of mutual respect and impassioned conviction and developing leaders who will succeed in a diverse and connected world. The community embraces individuals of all faiths and spiritual practices and strives to create an atmosphere of honest inquiry where everyone—the faithful and the skeptical—feels welcome.
Review the Religious Life Strategic Plan.
The Office of Religious Life, located in the CARE House, supports and advises student-led religious organizations and provides information to students seeking a religious community in the Lexington area. It also provides opportunities for community service and earnest reflection on issues such as ethics and social and ecological justice.
The associate dean for religious life works to integrate spiritual and intellectual pursuits on campus, while also offering students personal guidance and counseling.
The chapel in Old Morrison as it undergoes a minor renovation.
The chapel in Old Morrison has long represented the heart of the university. In an effort to make it a more comfortable space for everyone on campus, a group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni recently recommended a few changes. Comfortable chairs have replaced the pews, and banners that represent the multiple religious traditions of the Transylvania community are on the walls.
As the modest makeover got underway, Wilson Dickinson, associate dean for religious life, offered his thoughts. “It is my hope the chapel will be a place of prayer, meditation, passionate dialogue, celebration, and worship for all members of our community.”
Transylvania students join in activities related to Holi Festival, a Hindu celebration of spring during which participants toss scented powder into the air. The festivities encourage a loosening of the traditional social norms regarding gender and caste.