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Religious Life on Campus


Are you looking for meaningful fellowship with others in the campus community? Are you searching for a spiritual home in the Lexington area? Or would you just like to learn more about the diverse faiths represented on campus and in central Kentucky?


The Office of Religious Life, located in the CARE House at 439 W. Fourth Street, advises student-led religious organizations and provides information to students seeking a religious community in the Lexington area.

It also promotes community service, sponsors lectures and conversations about issues such as ethics and social justice, and coordinates interfaith services and prayer opportunities.

If you would like to be included on an email list to receive regular updates about these events, contact Wilson Dickinson, associate dean for religious life, or keep an eye on TNotes.

Join a Student Organization

Midnight pancakes

CRU is a student-led campus ministry whose goal is to provide each student an opportunity to respond to the claims of Christ. In addition to the main weekly meeting at 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays in the basement of Thomson, CRU also sponsors regular Bible study groups, a fall retreat, spring break trips, midnight pancakes, and many other activities. 

Transylvania Catholic Organization’s purpose is to build community with those of the Catholic faith and those interested in Catholicism. TCO provides service and education to the community on the ideals of a Christian life.  Recently TCO has sponsored a Halloween party, a dinner with Catholic theologian John O’Malley, and an Ash Wednesday service. 

GIFTS is an affiliate of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). Nationally, IFYC groups strive to educate members about diverse religious traditions and philosophical perspectives, develop meaningful encounters among people of different faith and philosophical backgrounds, and complete service projects that unite people of different backgrounds.

Start your own organization! Religious life is a growing part of our campus. Contact Wilson Dickinson if you would like to start a new group.

Connect with the Community

Lexington is a university town, so there are religious organizations and college student groups for people of all backgrounds. Transylvania students are currently involved in Presbyterian, Episcopal, Baptist, Disciples of Christ, and Independent Christian groups in our neighborhood. For more information, view a list of local campus ministries.

Transylvania’s downtown location means there are dozens of vibrant churches and religious communities within walking distance. View a list of local worship services. If you have any questions or could use some assistance connecting with a community, please contact Wilson Dickinson.

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