Meaning. Purpose. Belonging. We are all searching for something. We think, “Deep within myself, I know that I am unique and that I have gifts to share.” We want to be truly ourselves. Spiritual Life invites you to discover yourself and take care of your spirit through our weekly services and mindfulness practices.
What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.George Eliot
After a busy week of learning and activities, Culver students take time away from the everyday to join friends to reflect on their lives and to build community in weekly Spiritual Life Services. Whether religious or not, there is something to fit each person. Our current service offerings include:
- Constructive Meditation
- Hindu Service
- Interdenominational Christian Chapel
- Islamic Studies
- Jewish Shabbat Service
- Philosophers' Cafe
- Roman Catholic Mass
- Seekers Service
This service option is designed to help students self-regulate, and to teach them to construct their own meditation practices, based on a variety of traditions. The focus is on mindfulness, self-reflection, self-regulation, and empathy for others. Student groups include yoga and meditative freewriting among other practices.
In this service, students meet to recite prayers, offer puja, read Sacred Scriptures and to learn how to apply important concepts of Hinduism like karma yoga and dharma to their lives here at Culver. Students are also connected to the Hindu community and Temple in South Bend for important festivals and for prayer.
The Christian traditions represented by Culver students are as diverse as those of the culture at large. This service walks a middle road with readings from scripture, a sermon, and time for prayer at every Sunday service. The music is a student- and faculty-led blend of traditional hymns and praise and worship songs.
Once a week students gather for the opportunity to learn about Muslim life and practice. Topics include the importance of charity and the significance of religious pilgrimage. Students explore the relevance of the Qur’an and the Prophet’s life to their lives at Culver; they are also given the opportunity to connect with the Muslim community in the South Bend/ Mishawaka area.
Shabbat, Hebrew for day of rest, is the most important day in the Jewish calendar. Conducted in both Hebrew and English, this service includes the lighting of the Sabbath candles, the recital of Kiddush, and prayers over wine, bread, and the Sabbath day itself. Discussions concerning Jewish life, practice, and world affairs will also take place as a part of this service option. Students are also offered the opportunity to celebrate holidays and attend special events with the Jewish community in the South Bend/Mishawaka area and to attend the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC.
This Spiritual Life offering enables students to reflect on their lives and the lives of others from the standpoint of various philosophical traditions, both ancient and modern. Students immerse themselves in Chinese philosophy, Buddhism, and Native American Belief groups. In this service, emphasis is given to respectful, engaging dialogue with those who may have divergent viewpoints.
Mass is the Roman Catholic community coming together to worship and honor God. There are many opportunities for students to be involved in the Mass: helping the priest at the altar, proclaiming the word of the Lord, distributing the Eucharist, leading the congregation in song, or providing music for the Mass. Holy Days of Obligation and Penance services also enable Culver’s Roman Catholic students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the Sacraments together during the school year.
In this service option, students attend each of our Spiritual Life services, explore the beliefs of each tradition, and have an opportunity for reflection and discussion of their experiences. Lasting the duration of the school year, students have plenty of time to process their thoughts. As a capstone, students begin formulating their own personal Statement of Belief.