The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life assists students, faculty, and staff as they embody the university motto, Levavi Oculos (“I will lift up my eyes” from Psalm 121), encouraging them to seek connection, explore spirituality, and serve in faith.
Jessie Ball duPont Chapel
The Jessie Ball duPont Chapel stands beside the library as a reminder of the spiritual nature of academic values, and to emphasize the connection of head and heart. The chapel, the smaller meditation chapel, and the prayer room are open daily for meditation, prayer, or a quiet place for reflection.
In addition to weekly interfaith Sanctuary gatherings, the chapel provides a peaceful space for reflection and opportunities for worship during major religious holidays.
The chaplain also presides at special campus occasions and services, such as Family Weekend, Founder’s Day, Opening Convocation, Baccalaureate, Commencement, and Sharing the Light: A holiday celebration in story and song. Expanding on the longstanding tradition of the Hollins White Gift Service, this candlelight event of music, readings, and dance celebrates the spirit of the holiday season, and welcomes the diverse traditions of our community.
The chapel offers many opportunities for well-being, inviting students to “find sanctuary,” seeking rest, renewal, connection, and growth.
Art + Soul combines crafts, food, conversation, and community building. Fun Fridays, book clubs, and movie series offer fun and fellowship. Students also enjoy TED Talk discussions and weekly Bible study groups. There are a variety of faith and spiritual traditions represented in the student-led Better Together Club, and student chaplains are available to help connect students with spiritual opportunities on and off campus.