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The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life provides university-wide ecumenical opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to grow in their faith. We hope in these opportunities you find a place where your soul can rest for a while, where you ask questions, where you can worship, where you can grow and where your spirit can be fed.

Spiritual Wellness Workshops: Providing spiritual wellness workshops for the TCU community on topics ranging from discernment to centering prayer and more.  Recent workshops include:

  • Introduction to Spiritual Wellness: In this workshop we will focus on understanding what it means to be spiritually healthy.  Through personal reflection and introducing a variety of spiritual exercises, we will explore how to help you grow in your own personal journey towards spiritual wellness.
  • Voice to Values:  What matters to you most? And why? How do your values shape how you interact with the world? In this workshop, participants identify their core values and assess whether or not their daily decisions and activities align with what they claim to value most. The class is interactive and uses thought-provoking activities to help participants drill down to what matters to them.
  • Contemplative Movement:  In this workshop we will learn about the spiritual practice of contemplative movement.  Akin to meditation, this practice combines the skills of calming and centering your mind along with being mindful of your body through intentional and thoughtful movement.
  • Praying the Examen:  The Daily Examen involves prayerful reflection on the events of each day in order to detect God’s presence and discern God’s direction for us.  The Examen is an ancient practice that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.
  • Discernment: Discernment is a decision-making process that takes our faith and ourselves seriously. RSL staff offer workshops and pastoral care to help you tune into God’s call and your own desires when making decisions.
  • Meditation: Often times we associate meditation with very specific traditions, rather than seeing it as a wonderful spiritual discipline for all faith perspectives.  In this workshop we will learn about the different approaches to meditation for beginners, spend time practicing meditation together, and processing our experience with one another.
  • Mindfulness: By definition, this is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.  While often used as a therapeutic technique, mindfulness can also be an enriching spiritual practice.
  • Walking the Labyrinth: Often confused with a maze, a labyrinth is a designated path leading those who walk it toward a common center while focusing the mind.  It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path, which is often used as a tool for meditation and prayer.
  • Connected Spirit: Engage your spiritual health daily from 12pm – 1pm
    • Monday: Chat with a Chaplain – Connect & chat with your TCU Chaplains over lunch in Market Square near the patio
    • Tuesday: Nourish – Connect with our 20 Religious Communities on campus & grab a free snack at Founders Statue
    • Wednesday: Labyrinth – Connect with & center yourself as you walk the labyrinth in the courtyard behind the Chapel
    • Thursday: Contemplative Hour – Connect with your Higher Power as you reflect on challenges in your life & the world in Robert Carr Chapel.
    • Friday: TCU Lunch & Learn – Connect with Disciples of Christ Ministers as you learn more about the “C” in TCU in the RSL Office in Jarvis Hall.

Advent and Lenten Devotionals:  Written by members of the TCU community, these seasonal devotionals address topics relevant to campus life. To sign up to receive these devotionals please email faith@tcu.edu.   To see past devotionals check out the TCU Faith and Spirit Blog.

Chapel Worship: Mixing both traditional and contemporary styles, chapel worship exists to unite Christians across campus during special times of the academic and religious year. While worship reflects the rich history of the university’s Disciples and Protestant background, it is intentionally inclusive and open to everyone.

Multi-faith Prayer Room: This room is located in Jarvis Hall room 112 from 8 AM – 5 PM Monday-Friday.  You are invited to come anytime it is open without an appointment to sit in the quiet with the holy for a while.  This calming room has prayer and meditation resources available in it.  If you would like to reserve this room for a small group to pray, meditate or meet in please email faith@tcu.edu .  The room can be reserved for times outside of normal daily hours.

Retreats and Trips: Topics include vocation, Taize prayer, spirituality, and more.

Religious life at TCU is diverse, vibrant, and accommodating for students of all faith traditions. To encourage communication and understanding among all religious groups, the Office of Religious and Spiritual life sponsors several interfaith initiatives.  The TCU Interfaith Initiative gathers students to celebrate individual beliefs, to learn about one another, and to work together to change the world.

  • Interfaith Initiative: RSL invites people from all spiritual perspectives and religious traditions to work together around a common cause that helps others in need. While we represent various faith traditions at TCU, our hope is that by uniting around a common purpose we can promote campus-wide understanding and respect of diverse spiritual beliefs by means of communication, dialogue, education, and advocacy and serve our community. Simply put, we’re about building relationships, actively learning, and engaging in opportunities for service. All are welcome. All are accepted. No exceptions.
  • John Butler Interfaith Fellows: RSL John Butler Interfaith Fellows can assist in coordinating and facilitating various interfaith campus offerings. Fellows seek to enhance campus cooperation and leadership to promote deeper understanding, respect, and celebration of diverse spiritual identities
  • Religious Advisory Council: This council, formed to enhance TCU’s commitment to accommodate students of all faith traditions, meets to advise the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life on the needs of our religious communities.  Through intentional conversations and policy suggestions, this council look after the interests of religious groups on campus, particularly minority religious communities.  Nominations for representatives are solicited from across the TCU campus.

To explore more about the TCU Interfaith Initiative and its partners, find us on Facebook, visit one of our partners online, or contact Lea McCracken via email, lea.mccracken@tcu.edu.

Each year, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life hosts the Crossroads Lecture on Faith and Public Life.  With a focus on how religion and religious identity interact with the public sphere, the event delves into topics that are relevant to our times.

The topic for the 8th Annual Crossroads Lecture is Vocation, Faith, and COVID-19.  We are delighted to host two TCU alum over a virtual panel conversation about how their faith impacted their vocation (both work in healthcare) and how COVID-19 has impacted both their work and their spirituality.  This event is a collaboration with the TCU Center for Career and Professional Development in an effort to highlight religious diversity in the workplace.

Dr. Ryan Huey( ’08) is a gastrointestinal medical oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He majored in biology and minored in religion and chemistry at TCU, and is an active member of City Church Houston.

Ms. Rachel Rudberg (’17) earned her BSN from TCU and works in the Cardiothoracic and Transplant Intensive Care Unit at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas ever since. She is active in the Dallas Jewish young adult community, serves as a Jewish youth group adviser, and sits on several boards.

You can view our 2020 virtual panel!  Please note that the recording did not begin until the event was well underway, and please accept our apologies for this user error.

The Fall 2018 Crossroads Lecture on Faith and Public Life took place on September 25th, 2018, in Moudy 141 N.  SketchCo, the sketch comedy writing team at Fort Worth’s own Four Day Weekend, presented an evening of comedy sketches related to humor and religious beliefs.  Check out one of their sketches below, and visit our YouTube page to see more!