Parent and Family Handbook

Religious and Spiritual Activities

For those interested in finding a community of students who share religious beliefs and practices there are ten religious/spiritual organizations on campus. In addition there is a Multifaith Council comprised of 17 students and a chaplain advisor. The Council offers opportunities for multifaith dialogue and educational programming for the Macalester and wider community on religious issues and concerns. Membership on the Council is by application and is open to both religiously affiliated students and those with no religious affiliation.

The religious/spiritual life programming and services on campus are housed within the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, located in the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel. This multifaith Center acknowledges the rich diversity of religious and spiritual traditions represented at the college and provides a setting where exploration and expression of one’s religious life can take place. The college chaplains oversee the work of the Center, as well as supporting students in personal growth ad leadership development. They offer opportunities for students to gain insight into their own and other religious traditions and provide ways for students to engage the local and global community. The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life works closely with the Institute for Global Citizenship through Macalester’s Lilly Project for Vocational and Ethical Leadership.

The chaplaincy offers regularly scheduled worship services in many religious traditions. In addition, the chaplaincy responds to issues of social, political and moral importance in the lives of our students. Chaplains work with religious/spiritual student organizations through the Macalester Multifaith Council. The chaplaincy makes the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel available to campus and community groups. Macalester College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).