Students built a shelter in front of Seney Hall to celebrate Sukkot, a Feast of Tabernacles.

Religious and Spiritual Life

Respect for all religious and spiritual traditions is important at Oxford. All are welcome here, whether they are part of a religious, spiritual, or faith tradition or not.

Fall 2020 Chapel Update

While the Oxford College Chapel will be primarily used as a classroom space this semester, it will be open to those with an Emory Card during the week. It will be closed on the weekends. Gatherings in the chapel are discouraged at this time due to COVID-19, but individual students seeking a space for prayer, meditation, contemplation, reflection, etc. may access the chapel with their Emory Card.

Please check the Oxford Forward pages for updated information about other campus life activities.

Oxford Chaplain

Oxford Chaplain Lyn Pace is a resource for all members of the college community and an advocate for the religious and spiritual life groups on campus. Programs and counseling services offered through the chaplain’s office support students during their time at Oxford.

While you're here, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in service, social, and religious programs sponsored by the chaplain’s office, the Interfaith Council, and the chartered religious and spiritual life groups at the college. Throughout the year, many events celebrate a variety of faith traditions and their holidays. 

All are welcome here, whether or not they are part of a religious, spiritual, or faith tradition.

Lyn Pace
Oxford College Chaplain

Student Organizations

Currently there are 10 clubs with a specific religious or spiritual focus. While many of these organizations practice a particular religious tradition, they are open to all who are interested.

  • Buddhist Club
  • Catholic Student Union
  • Hindu Student Association
  • Interfaith Council
  • Jewish Student Union
  • Journey Christian Fellowship
  • Muslim Students Association
  • Oxford Fellowship
  • Voices of Praise Gospel Choir
  • Wesley Fellowship

Fall Retreat

Each fall, the Oxford College community gathers for a weekend retreat in the North Georgia mountains. This tradition of more than 30 years is open to students, faculty, and staff who want to take part in a fun-filled and restful experience. Besides getting to hike, swim, and sing around the campfire, you’ll engage in programming geared to help you successfully navigate your time at Oxford. In 2020, our virtual retreat focused on the ways we take care of ourselves, each other, and the earth – especially in uncertain times. 

Travel Programs

In partnership with the Pierce Program in Religion, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life sponsors two travel programs that encourage global engagement. 

Global Connections

Global Connections is a travel experience designed to help students create meaning in their lives and connect their religious and spiritual convictions with justice issues including peace, poverty, human rights, and the environment. Seminar activities and service offer reflection and meaningful dialogue with others and help participants become agents of change for healthy living both here and abroad. 

The first Global Connections trip in 2006 was to Montana, where students studied issues of declining rural communities. Subsequent seminars have taken Oxford students, faculty, and staff to Poland, Vietnam, Turkey, Costa Rica, Germany, and the United Kingdom, on a civil rights and the American South tour, and to study incarceration in Georgia and New York City. The 2018 trip took participants back to Vietnam, where they explored the effects of globalization on that country. A 2019 trip to New York City explored street and gallery art.

Journeys

Journeys is a travel program that originated at Oxford College in 1988. Students, faculty, and staff from both Emory’s Oxford and Atlanta campuses travel with and learn from each other—in addition to the people they encounter during their travels. These trips focus on communities around the world that have a history of conflict, violence, and exploitation. Each Journey carries the hope that participants will be transformed into more thoughtful and caring citizens of the world.

Past trips included El Salvador, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Costa Rica, India, the Middle East, Canada, Cuba, and most recently the Texas/Mexico border to study issues of immigration.

View the 2020-21 Religious Life Calendar

Fall 2020 Chapel Update

While the Oxford College Chapel will be primarily used as a classroom space this semester, it will be open to those with an Emory Card during the week. It will be closed on the weekends. Gatherings in the chapel are discouraged at this time due to COVID-19, but individual students seeking a space for prayer, meditation, contemplation, reflection, etc. may access the chapel with their Emory Card.

Please check the Oxford Forward pages for updated information about other campus life activities.

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