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Religious and spiritual life

Earlham is made up of people of various faiths and religious practices and people of no religious faith. On our campus, you have opportunities to experience Quaker silence, Muslim prayer, Jewish Shabbat dinners, Christian Bible study and mindfulness meditation, among other rituals and traditions. We strive to cultivate a community shaped by our rootedness in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) that is open and hospitable to all.

Earlham is a crossroads college. We are a meeting place for different religious beliefs and practices that is constituted by four overlapping communities:

  • A Quaker community
  • A multi-faith community
  • A rational community
  • A community of dialogue

Students come to the Office of Religious Life for support in differing ways: Some come seeking a deeper connection with their faith traditions, others seek to explore alternative spiritual paths, and still others need assistance discerning the inner foundations of their outward commitments. Come talk to us!


Students who wish to study religion have multiple options at Earlham. Undergraduates can pursue coursework in Jewish Studies and Religion, and the Earlham School of Religion offers graduate programs in divinity, ministry and more.

Newlin Quaker Center

The Newlin Quaker Center is dedicated to cultivating young Quaker leaders, fostering Quaker scholarship and dialogue, and promoting awareness of the Religious Society of Friends and Earlham’s Quaker heritage. Additionally, it serves as a hub for fostering conversation and collaboration among Friends of all backgrounds, providing a welcoming gathering space for our diverse Quaker community.


Worship and celebration

However you choose to worship, Earlham offers a welcoming community that’s ready to celebrate alongside you. Join us at College Meeting for Worship on Sundays, join a student-led worship event, or create your own in partnership with the Office of Religious Life.

Our services and resources

Pastoral care and conflict resolution

The Office of Religious Life at Earlham provides compassionate support to the community, offering safe spaces for individuals and groups to explore various topics, including identity, grief, vocational discernment, healthy relationships, and spiritual beliefs. We also offer confidential assistance regarding sexual violence and harassment.

Our services include conflict resolution, problem-solving, and mediation. We assist in identifying actions and campus resources to address issues effectively. Whether in-person or virtual, scheduling an appointment is easy and tailored to your preferences. Contact us to schedule your session today.

More information and resources

The Office of Religious Life supports and encourages students by providing guidance in contemplative inquiry, opportunities for dialogue, sponsoring celebratory communal events, and supporting opportunities that enable students to put their most cherished beliefs into daily practice.

We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.