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Spiritual and Religious Life (SRL) 

The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (SRL) at Mills seeks to engage and nurture students' individual spiritual and religious growth and development; inspire multireligious literacy and interfaith awareness on campus in order to help students prepare to meet the challenges and opportunities of a religiously plural world; and to support a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming campus culture. SRL also connects members of the Mills community through experiences of reflection and celebration.

SRL serves those who identify with distinct religious and spiritual traditions as well as those who do not. SRL affirms the many ways people explore meaning in life and approaches “spirituality” as “meaning-making.” The office supports Mills students, staff, and faculty members in reflecting on meaning and in recognizing and strengthening their own personal spiritual resources to sustain their lives and communities and create a more just world.

SRL offers regular programing, hosts seasonal Mills traditions including candle lighting in fall, the Festival of Light and Dark in winter, and Baccalaureate in spring.  Throughout the year, SRL supports student leaders and SRL-affiliated student groups, provides students with directories of off-campus religious and spiritual communities and organizations, facilitates small-group reflections, offers individual pastoral and spiritual care to members of the Mills community, and performs ritual functions.

The SRL office is located at the Mills College Chapel, a serene and beautiful gathering space set amidst eucalyptus groves. The chapel is open to all in the Mills community, regardless of spiritual or religious perspective. The main chapel and chapel lounge are both open for use seven days a week, from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm. There is also a labyrinth pattern, inlaid in the courtyard between the chapel and the music building, is available for walking at all times. All are warmly invited to drop by anytime for a quiet and peaceful place to rest, study, reflect, pray, or meditate.

SRL is overseen by the Director of Spiritual and Religious Life and Multi-Faith Chaplain, Rev. Dara Olandt. For more information, please check our Facebook, email chaplain@mills.edu, or call 510.430.3123.

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Last Updated: 6/22/17