The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life encourages the development of new student clubs and organizations that will nurture the religious and spiritual needs of the College community. The College chaplain is eager to meet with students who have innovative ideas for groups with religious and/or spiritual learning objectives.
Lafayette DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship is a student group at Lafayette College. Its participants strive to help every person come to know Christ, grow deeper in his or her relationship with God, and be equipped to follow Jesus’ commission to “make disciples of all nations.” This occurs through worship, large group meetings, Bible studies, discipleship, outreach, and community-building events. This group is advised by an off-campus adviser, who is employed by the DiscipleMakers organization.
gather in grace
Gather in Grace is the Protestant student group on campus. This group will begin meeting in the Spring of 2014. More information can be found on the Worship Opportunities page.
The Lafayette College Hillel Society is an organization that sponsors a continuous program of religious, cultural, and social events throughout the course of the academic year. Events are held every week of the year, and all are open to the Lafayette community as well as Easton and the entire Lehigh Valley. Programs include local and national speakers, musical groups, monthly bagel brunches, holiday celebrations and weekly Shabbat dinners.
The Hillel House, which serves as a meeting place for its students, is always open. Students are welcome to drop by to hang out, do homework, read from our library, or relax. Hillel is advsed by a number of Lafayette college faculty members.
The Interfaith Council is an alliance of students and advisers from the religious life organizations and major religious and spiritual traditions represented at Lafayette. The Council meets twice monthly to discuss programming ideas and issues affecting people of faith on campus. Interfaith Council is advised by the College Chaplain.
LAFAYETTE ASSOCIATION OF RELIGIOUS ADVISORS
The Lafayette Association of Religious Advisors (LARA) is an association of those persons who advise the religious life organizations at Lafayette. All advisers are either employees of Lafayette College, serving as faculty or administrators, or are off-campus representatives of religious bodies who have undergone a credentialing process that grants them advising rights on campus. The association is convened by the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.
MUSLIM STUDENT ORGANIZATION
The Muslim Student Organization (MSA) strives to provide a friendly and cooperative environment where Lafayette Muslim students from different countries of the world will be able to interact with other student bodies on campus and other Muslims in the community. The group also aims to educate the Lafayette community regarding issues pertaining to Islam. Over the course of the year, MSA organizes informative lunchtime talks, trips to the downtown Easton mosque for prayers and during the holy month of Ramadan, as well as an annual event to celebrate Eid/Diwali in conjunction with the International Students Association. MSA is advised by a Lafayette faculty member.
Established by the Oblates in 1978, the Newman Association is a student-run organization that serves the Lafayette community and city of Easton, Pennsylvania. Although primarily a Catholic organization, Newman welcomes individuals of all religions. Newman offers a wide range of activities from which students can pick and choose their involvement.
The Newman Association creates a very caring environment in which students can explore their own personal interests while still being united by their faith. Newman meets on a weekly basis. This group is advised by an off-campus adviser, who is employed by the Diocese of Allentown.
SITTING MEDITATION GROUP
The Teachings of the historical Buddha transcend the original time and place of their dispensation. Putting the Teachings into practice in our busy lives as students, educators, and professionals and seeing these universal truths for ourselves through the diligent and regular practice of meditation yields extraordinary benefits.
Lafayette faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as the public, are invited to participate in the Lafayette sitting meditation group. The group meets weekly in the Interfaith Chapel. Mindfulness of breathing (ānāpānasati) meditation is the primary method taught but other techniques such as loving-kindness (mettā bhāvanā) and walking and moving meditation are introduced. Short Teachings are also presented and chanting and ritual may take place in observance of Buddhist holidays.
The group welcomes practicing Buddhists, those from other faiths who are interested in learning meditation to benefit their lives, and those who are curious to explore what the Buddha taught. This group is advised by a Lafayette staff member.
TALL stands for ‘Talking about Loss & Life’. TALL is a student-led grief support group with space for those who have been impacted by the death of someone close or any other significant loss. Check the campus calendar for meeting dates and time. For more information, contact TALL student leader Rachel Loven at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, Chaplain Hendrickson is available to meet with students, faculty and staff for grief support.
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
101 Hogg Hall
Easton, PA 18042
Find us on the first floor of Hogg Hall, just inside the front doors on the left.
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM