Programs & Services

Religious & Spiritual Life sponsors and organizes a myriad of programs that explore and nurture religious and spiritual life.

Academies of Religion

The annual Academies of Religion is a lecture series that takes a multi faith approach to a particular religious topic or theme, over a series of weekly lectures that are free and open to the public. These lectures are and meant to engage both the campus and larger Wooster community. Lectures are held in Lean Lecture Hall at Wishart Hall from 7:30-9:30 throughout the first part of the fall. 

Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate is an annual multi faith celebration that takes place as part of the Commencement exercises. Held in McGaw Chapel on the Sunday of commencement weekend family and friends of graduating seniors, as well as the entire College of Wooster community, are invited to attend.  

Members of the graduating class plan and participate in this multi faith service that reflects broad themes of their shared time and experiences at Wooster. They strive to make the occasion accessible to persons of all faiths by incorporating prayers from several world religions.

If you are interested in participating in this celebration, please reach out to the Chaplain.

Interfaith Dinners

Share your faith story, discuss what your tradition means to you, learn from others, and discover common questions. Students of any or no faith tradition are invited to make the commitment to participate in a weekly dinner on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in Lowry Center.

Interfaith Scholars

Interfaith Scholars is a group of twelve freshman and sophomore students who meet six times a semester to learn about each other's faith traditions and to improve their skills at interfaith dialogue. The group also takes field trips to various local places of worship.

Students apply to the program at the beginning of their freshman year and commit to it for two years. Email Religious & Spiritual Life to receive an application.

Pre-Ministry Support

The College of Wooster has a long history of preparing individuals for the ministry, both lay and ordained.

In today’s multi faith and complex world, the process of discerning a call to ministry takes a village. Ministry takes many forms and the pre-ministry community has included persons considering non-profit management, parish ministry, social work, chaplaincy, or Ph.D. study. Students considering ministry are invited to schedule an appointment with a Religious & Spiritual Life staff member to learn about resources available for visiting Seminary and tips for exploring a vocation for professional ministry.

Pastoral Care

The Religious & Spiritual Life staff is committed to the development of individual and small group relationships that provide spiritual companionship and an opportunity to explore life concerns through a religious and spiritual framework. Conversation topics typically involve peer or family relationships, theological and scriptural questions, gender identity, vocational discernment, or pre-ministry exploration. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome.

Reach out directly to Chaplain Alex Serna-Wallender to make an appointment, or stop by Babcock 121 to talk.

Retreats & Conferences

Religious & Spiritual Life sponsors students attending retreats and conferences throughout the year. Wooster Catholic Community, Wooster Christian Fellowship, and Ukrik travel to regional and national gatherings regularly. Other opportunities have included Montreat College Conference, Covenant Network Conference, Interfaith Youth Core Conference, and an Interfaith Camping Retreat. If you are interested in attending a conference or have an idea for a retreat, please reach out to Chaplain Alex Serna-Wallender.

Transportation for Worship

A wide range of faith traditions are represented in the Wooster area; visit our Places of Worship Directory for a guide.

We recognize that students may want to join a community of faith that is not available in the City of Wooster. If that is the case, Religious & Spiritual Life will assist and support students who wish to travel to the closest worshiping community in the area.

Please contact us for more details as each plan is set up to meet your individual situation. 

Worthy Questions

“Asking Questions Worthy of the Person You Can Become”

What is "Worthy Questions?"

Worthy Questions helps College of Wooster students explore important life questions. The program is sponsored by Religious & Spiritual Life but is not affiliated with a particular religious tradition. Worthy Questions students (Questers) and their Mentors are committed to supporting and learning from each other as they seek to investigate and integrate values, beliefs, and decision-making in the personal, professional, and spiritual dimensions of their lives. This group gathers Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:30.

To find out more about the program, go to the Worthy Questions page or send us an email.

Zen Meditation

The practice of weekly meditation led by community member and Zen teacher Steve Berg (Kogetsu Osho.) Participants begin to discover the underlying stillness and vibrant clarity of the mind, sharpening insight and deepening wisdom that is the result of regular practice. In addition to meditation, they will explore the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and its insight into our lives today.

This group is open to anyone interested, no experience is necessary, and basic instruction is provided. The group meets in The Lowry Chapel, on the third floor of McGaw, from 5:00 - 6:00 pm on Mondays.