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.

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.

Community Grounding


8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

All Macalester Community members are invited to join us for bi-weekly Community Grounding during module 1.  While we are distanced from one another, these 25-minute rituals over Zoom enable connection with people from across the Macalester community. We will share a reading, reflection, a contemplative practice, and hear from different voices in our community.

Wherever you are and whoever you’re with, we hope you’ll join us for this communal touchpoint.  You will need to be logged into your Macalester Zoom profile in order to join our gathering. If you aren’t sure how to do that, you can find instructions and help here.  Join Zoom Meeting  If you’d like to receive a calendar invitation to this bi-weekly zoom call, email

For additional offerings, please see Center for Religious and Spiritual Life calendar of events


Our staff has compiled a document of Sustaining Practices. This is a resource of meditative and reflective practices that support emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.

Student Affairs has created a virtual hub of resources, programs, and activities for you to explore as you engage with the Macalester community digitally.

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.

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.