Welcome to the Office for Religious Life
“To guide, nurture and enhance spiritual, religious and ethical life within the Stanford University community.”
We are collectively committed and devoted to ensuring lively, thoughtful and supportive contexts for Stanford students, faculty and staff who wish to pursue spiritual interests. We recognize that a spiritual/religious journey can be an important, balancing complement to the numerous challenges one faces in the pursuit of academic and career goals.
While each one of us participates in and leads worship and study in her/his own religious traditions, our primary objective as a staff is to collaborate as a multi-faith team and work with all constituents of this dynamic university.
Our aim is to promote enriching dialogue, meaningful ritual, and enduring friendships among people of all religious backgrounds.
Summer Worship Opportunities at Stanford
Various religious groups offer worship services and meetings throughout the summer.
Summer Sermon Series
The UNIVERSITY PUBLIC WORSHIP SUMMER SERMON SERIES is coming soon! Please join us as the Dean, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Religious Life each offers a compelling sequence of sermons starting June 30.
Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann: “Sanctifying the Senses”
June 30 “Let me be a seal upon your heart”
July 7 “The voice of the turtledove is heard in the land”
July 14 “Sustain me with raisin cakes; Refresh me with apples”
Dean Scotty McLennan: “Finding Meaning through Literature”
July 21: “Nadine Gordimer’s Late Bourgeois World and Beyond”
July 28: “Albert Camus’ Fall”
August 4 “Living Like Philip Roth’s Ghost Writer”
August 11: “Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find”
Rev. Joanne Sanders: To be announced
Memorial Church Choir Singers Wanted
The Memorial Church Choir sings at the weekly University Public Worship services at Memorial Church during the academic year. If you’d like to audition, please email email@example.com.