TCU’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life supports students’ pursuit of spiritual growth, faith development, and religious practice while fostering a campus atmosphere in which all members of the TCU community may fully express their beliefs, values, and traditions.
Through our office, students can connect to opportunities that will enrich their faith, spirituality, and beliefs. Whether this is connecting to one of our 22 student religious organizations, finding a local spiritual or faith community, or participating in one of the events sponsored by the office, TCU students have a plethora of avenues to seek deeper understandings of meaning and purpose.
The mission of Religious and Spiritual Life is to care for the lives of students and the university community through supporting the pursuit of spiritual growth, faith development and religious practice while fostering a campus atmosphere in which members may freely and fully express their beliefs and values.
We do this through:
- Advising student religious organizations, student leaders and affiliated staff;
- Offering pastoral and spiritual care in times of celebration, loss and transition;
- Providing worship and resources to mark special times in the academic and religious calendars;
- Offering programs, support and resources for the exploration of faith, spirituality, values & religion.
Religious and Spiritual Life’s values are built upon the already existing values of the university, division of student affairs and TCU’s denominational partner, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). These values include:
- Radical Hospitality and Acceptance
- Life-Giving Relationships and Community
- Thoughtful Reflection and Self-Awareness
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a regular Sunday worship service?
TCU’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life does not host a regular Sunday worship service, and we encourage students to get connected to local churches for this experience. Many students end up connected to a local church through their student religious organization, their roommate, or through a friend.
What kind of religious groups do you have at TCU?
RSL provides advising, support & resources for 20 diverse student religious organizations on campus that serve over 1950 students from across faith traditions, denominations and backgrounds. Groups may be centered around a shared tradition such as the Disciples of Christ, Catholic Community or Muslim Student Association, connected to a national organization such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes or Young Life, or focused on a special interest or projects such as music, dance, mission work or special events. Each group provides their own unique way for opportunities of worship, study, service and/or learning. You read more about these groups here: www.faith.tcu.edu/communities.
Do you have Catholic mass on campus?
Yes, TCU Catholic hosts mass on campus during the regular school year. Typically, mass is held on Sundays in the chapel and in the Newman Center on Wednesday evenings, but that may be different this year due to the pandemic. For more information, please visit www.tcucatholic.org.
Do you have bible studies?
Students are connected to bible studies, small groups, and other forms of religious community through various student religious organizations. To read more about this group, visitwww.faith.tcu.edu/communities. If you need help finding the right community for you, feel free to contact our office at email@example.com.
What is a chaplain?
Chaplains at TCU are either ordained or lay-ministers in their respective faith traditions, but care for the spiritual needs of ALL students regardless of their faith tradition. Their role is to accompany students on their spiritual journey through college. While each comes from our own faith traditions, their role is to meet students exactly where they are. You might find a chaplain leading a support group, meeting one on one with a student in a pastoral care session, advising a student religious organization on campus policies, or accompanying students at a social justice protest.
What is pastoral/spiritual care?
Pastoral or spiritual care consists of providing support to students as they process their daily lives in the context of their larger identity as a person of faith. For some students, college is the first time for them to explore their core beliefs. Often, this emerges after a loss, a breakup, a change in major, or a difficult course. Our staff accompany, sustain, guide, reconcile, and nurture students as they grow their faith in college. This is often done through one on one conversations, but it also involves connecting students to student religious organizations, leading book groups or support groups, working in collaboration with staff at the TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center, and more. If you would like to meet one on one with a chaplain, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am part of a local church that wants to get more involved on campus. How can I do that?
Please visit our website for more information for local religious communities:https://faith.tcu.edu/local-partner-information/.
How do I book the chapel / is it still available for groups?
Yes! If you’re a student leader in an officially university recognized student group and you would like to book the chapel for a small group gathering please email email@example.com or fill out the Campus Reservation Form found here: https://faith.tcu.edu/internal-chapel-request/
How might I apply for the student emergency fund?
You can visit our website atwww.faith.tcu.edu and quick on the quick link for the Student Emergency Fund.