Wilson College supports students holistic education including spiritual and religious exploration. The Chaplain supports and encourages the spiritual growth and development of all members of the campus community in a manner that honors the diversity of religious beliefs present at Wilson College through opportunities for discussion, community service, interfaith services, and many other events. Wilson College is a historically Presbyterian college that supports a diverse interfaith community and encourages the asking of deep questions for all students regardless of religious background or no religious background.
Wednesdays from 12-12:30 p.m. in the Alumnae Chapel the chaplain leads a time of ecumenical Christian worship. Some weeks we learn about hands-on spiritual practices, some weeks are prayer services, and some have a reflection given by the chaplain or another member of the Wilson community. All are welcome.
The chaplain works with student groups, faculty and staff to provide a variety of services to the community. These services encompass hospitality, inclusivity, compassion, relationship-building, creativity, integrity and community spirit. They include, but are not limited to:
• Coordinating weekly worship services during the academic year and encouraging students, faculty and staff to use chapel time as part of their own spiritual disciplines.
• Offering confidential conversation about anything—religious or not—to students, staff and faculty.
• Making pastoral visits off campus to those who are ill or in hospitals.
• Creating opportunities for relationship-building through Bible study, Agape, retreats and more.
• Attending a variety of events on campus and in the community in support of students, faculty and staff.
• Encouraging students to engage with relevant communities of faith both on and off campus.
• Providing a space for interfaith worship on campus and supplying the religious icons and texts necessary for worship.
• Assisting students in the administration of student religious organizations.
• Supplying information about volunteer, service and social justice activities on and off campus.
• Participating in the work of local and national professional organizations, including the National Association of College and University Chaplains, Presbyterian College Chaplain’s Association and Presbytery of Carlisle.
• Supporting speakers who address topics related to faith, spirituality, social justice and ethics.
• Responding to the needs of students, faculty and staff through development of new programs and services.