Lafayette College has a long tradition of nurturing religious and spiritual development.

From its founding in 1826, religious expression and discussion have played an important role in the life of the college. Lafayette has an association with the Presbyterian Church (USA), while welcoming people of all faiths and spiritual traditions.

Today’s student body is spiritually diverse, and there are many opportunities on campus and in the community for worship and fellowship, representing a wide range of religious traditions.  If Lafayette does not have an on-campus community to fit a student’s needs, the chaplain will be sure to connect each student with resources in the greater community.

Lafayette’s chaplain keeps regular office hours and is available to provide spiritual care to students, faculty and staff.  Those who meet with the chaplain will find a safe and confidential environment to discuss personal or existential issues or difficulties. The chaplain is committed to welcoming students of all genders and sexual identities, of all secular and religious traditions, and from all cultural backgrounds.

Placed within the Office of Intercultural Development, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life works with the Landis Community Outreach Center and the Office of Gender and Sexuality Programming to further Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through educational outreach, cultural programming, support and advocacy of historically marginalized groups.

One of the hallmarks of religious and spiritual life at Lafayette is our interfaith cooperation. The Interfaith Council coordinates joint programming and co-sponsored events among the various religious organizations on campus. The energy that results gives credence to the old adage that the result is greater than the sum of its parts.


Mission Statement:

  • The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Lafayette College seeks to foster an environment where individuals of all backgrounds can freely and comfortably practice their faith traditions and explore their spirituality. We encourage the Lafayette community to learn about the traditions of others in a spirit of mutual respect. We seek to carry out this mission:
  • By providing opportunities for members of the Lafayette community to express, learn more about, and grow in their own religious faith and spiritual lives.
  • By providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn about the religious and spiritual beliefs of others.
  • By providing venues on campus for discussion and dialogue on matters of religious beliefs and ethical behavior.