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.
Our Feed Your Spirit programming includes:
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.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . The room can be reserved for times outside of normal daily hours.
Book and Lunch groups: For students, faculty, and staff during Advent and Lent. Past books have included Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair by Anne Lamott and City of God: Faith in the Streets by Sara Miles.
Retreats and Trips: Topics include vocation, Taize prayer, spirituality, and more.
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