Building Access

The Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life in the lower level are closed at this time to the public.  Students, staff and faculty may access the building using their Macalester IDs.  Card access is available 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday thru Friday and 3:00 – 7:00 PM Saturday and Sunday.  To enter the building using card access use lower level side doors.

Pastoral Support

Our staff continues to work remotely and our Chaplains are available for pastoral support on Zoom, over the phone, and on email. Their contact information is listed here. If you aren’t sure who to contact, send a general email to and a chaplain will reach out to you.

Resources

Student Affairs has created a virtual hub of resources, programs, and activities for you to explore as you engage with the Macalester community digitally. This is where you will find the most up-to-date information about Student Affairs offerings and programming, including those offered by the CRSL.

COVID Grief Network is offering support to young adults grieving the illness or death of someone close to COVID-19.

We also recommend On Being’s Care Package for Uncertain Times, a collection of podcasts, essays, and poetry for this moment.

CRSL Offerings*

Meditation Practices with Buddhist Chaplain Marc Anderson

Every Monday and Wednesday evening from 5-6 p.m. I’ll be hosting a one-hour meditation session for the Macalester community via zoom. The session includes seated meditation, walking meditation, and some discussion. All are welcome. I look forward to sitting with you!

If you would like to receive a calendar invitation to the Monday and/or Wednesday Zoom call, email .

Sustainable You!

Are you curious about spirituality but don’t identify as religious? Research shows that consistent meditation and self-care increases well-being. The CRSL invites you to gather with us weekly to participate in sustaining practices that recenter and stabilize, every Monday and Wednesday from 12:30-12:50 p.m. With consistent practice together, we foster connection and well-being. Join us for Sustainable You!

Qur’an Circles with Imama Hajara – Thursdays 5:00 PM

The Muslim Chaplain invites you to explore themes such as faith, pluralism, and social justice in the Qur’an and how the Qur’an speaks to contemporary issues. No prerequisite knowledge required. If you’re a self-identifying Muslim (or questioning) please email  for the ZOOM link!

Torah Study With Rabbi Emma – Fridays 4:00 PM

We’ll learn texts from Torah and rabbinic literature related to the week’s Torah portion, the time of year, and the interests and questions of the group.  No previous experience needed – total beginners welcome; bring your curiosity and we’ll learn together!  These texts are yours!  Join the Torah Study.

*A note that because of  scheduling shifts due to COVID-19, times and dates for programming on our website may be inaccurate. Please check the calendar on the Student Affairs virtual hub for the most up-to-date information.

Our Mission

We affirm that our global community holds diverse wisdom about the sacred. At Macalester we explore wholeness, belonging, and purpose – with curiosity – as we orient ourselves towards experiences of wonder and awe. The diverse chaplains of the CRSL seek to nurture growth into the fullness of the human family. This is possible when we co-create communities that support the inner life through reflection, practice, bearing witness, learning together, and building authentic relationships.