Spiritual Life

We’re a diverse community, including people from many religious traditions as well as those who aren’t religiously affiliated. Together we are challenged to grow in our understanding of the world and ourselves. Whatever our backgrounds and aims, Earlham offers us many ways to challenge and nurture ourselves spiritually.

Contemplation

Take a deep breath. You’ll be doing a lot of that at Earlham. Moments of silence are our way of getting in touch with ourselves, with one another, and with something bigger than ourselves. Earlham is a community that makes time for discernment, in the midst of a society that runs at 100 miles an hour.

Exploration

Earlham is gifted with religious diversity. Our classmates’ religious backgrounds include Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Humanism.  This provides us the chance to make deep friendships with people of other faiths and learn more about their traditions. In addition, campus groups representing eight faiths give us opportunities to learn more about the traditions that we grew up with and identify with now.

Celebration

We love to celebrate, on holy days and on regular days. (It’s true: Our director of religious life has been known to make public appearances dressed as Lady Gaga.)  We also plan services and meals to mark Eid al-Fitr, Christmas, Passover, and other holidays. For more serious or solemn days, our spiritual groundings help us honor the transitions of our life as a community.

Practice

Most importantly, Earlham is a place where you can put your faith into practice as you transition to adulthood. Together we are all discerning vocations that will help us make a life-long difference in the world, and determining the spiritual practices that we want to carry forward in our lives. Earlham offers us opportunity for worship, prayer, and service.

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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
47374-4095
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
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