The Interfaith Chapel
The Interfaith Chapel, which was built by the founders of Endicott College in 1978, serves students, staff, and faculty of all faiths. It is the meeting place for our various religious groups and hosts events involving many traditions such as Native American spirituality, Buddhism, Muslim practice, and more. We work to incorporate music from all faith traditions and offer interfaith worship services several times per year.
We encourage interfaith cooperation and the willingness to understand and accept each other and our differences.
The Interfaith Center is also the home of Gulls Pause, our meditation initiative. We invite all of our students to pledge to pause for at least 10 minutes per day. No phones, no electronics, no talk, no music—no distractions. We teach simple 10 minute practices and encourage meditation during the pause. We also host meditation group meetings and classes, as well as special events such as yoga nidra or shamanic journeying.
We also support our students who wish to attend church and temple. Many carpool to Catholic mass, attend temple on the Jewish High Holidays, or visit the Zen Center to meditate.
Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care
Students are welcome to meet with our Spiritual Life staff about questions of faith and purpose on an individual or a group basis. Whether initiated by homesickness, grief over the loss of a loved one, discerning one's values and virtues, or questioning one’s purpose in life, college is a time for spiritual as well as academic development. Students should feel welcome to request spiritual guidance and direction.
Spiritual & Religious Groups on Campus
The Christian Community at Endicott College
Our Christian community meets every Monday evening for fellowship and reflection. Occasionally, these evenings are holiday celebrations and/or worship services. Our campus minister from Intervarsity offers weekly bible study as well. There is an annual Alternative Spring Break mission trip open to all that is sponsored by the Christian community.
The Jewish Community at Endicott College
Our Jewish Community offers one or two meaningful events per month. Friday evening Shabbat dinner is a favorite, often with music, always with tradition and good food. We also celebrate Hanukkah with a party attended by students, faculty, staff, and their families, Passover with an Interfaith Seder, and Holocaust Remembrance Day with a luncheon to remind us never to forget the atrocities of the past.
The Spiritual Life Advisory Board
The Spiritual Life Advisory Board is comprised of students from the various religious communities on campus as well as students who represent Gulls Pause meditation in addition to others who are particularly interested in Spiritual Life. The board meets monthly to generate new ideas and programs and resolve any issues that there may be.