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.
Holiday 2013 Services in Memorial Church
Celebrate the Season at Stanford. Several services will be offered to celebrate the holidays in Memorial Church. More information>>
Stanford Memorial Church has long honored the lives of those in same-gender relationships with blessing ceremonies, and is now accepting reservations for same-gender weddings. Please visit the Weddings web page for more information.
Our Stanford clergy often address current social justice issues including marriage equality. Rev. Joanne Sanders, Associate Dean for Religious Life, preached a sermon regarding marriage equality at University Public Worship on June 2, 2013 in Memorial Church. The sermon transcript is available in the Recent Sermons section.