The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Lewis & Clark College is designed to support all religious life programs that take place on campus, and has its roots in the Presbyterian heritage of the college. Recognizing the religious and spiritual diversity of the Lewis & Clark community, the Religious and Spiritual Life staff seeks to facilitate moral and spiritual dialogue and growth in a context of mutual support.
As Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Rev. Mark Duntley, Ph.D. directs and facilitates a variety of programs for students focusing on spiritual and moral issues. Students help plan and lead many of these activities, including regular worship services, special forums and lectures, small-group studies, spiritual renewal retreats, and volunteer community service projects. An Interfaith Council encourages dialogue and cooperation among organized faith groups, and a Spiritual Life Advisory Council provides religious and spiritual life programming and policy recommendations. Rev. Duntley also is available for religious, crisis, and grief support and counseling.
The 2012-2013 academic year initiated a campus-wide Spiritual Initiatives Project directed by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. The Spiritual Initiatives Project has the core purpose of enhancing our college campus community through spirituality, and consists of a number of new and revitalized spiritual life opportunities focused in three main areas: 1) interfaith programs, 2) nurturing the spirit programs, and 3) justice, service and spirituality programs. Programs and spiritual life activities that are part of the Spiritual Initiatives Project will be announced as the academic year progresses.
There are a number of religious and spiritual life groups on campus that serve the needs of students. Along with the programs coordinated by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, there is the Agape Group (a Christian fellowship group), the Roman Catholic group (known as the Newman Club, see also the Eucharist Schedule), the Lewis & Clark chapter of the Greater Portland Hillel, the Meditation Group, the Muslim Student Association, the Interfaith Council, the Buddhist Group, Common Ground (Earth Spirituality and Pagan), Mystical Groves, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Students from a number of other traditions (including Baha’i, Hindu, and Sikh) do not maintain a formal student group, but organize activities and meetings on an occasional basis. For further information please contact the chapel office by phone or request information by emailing the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.