Spiritual Life

Carroll University is more than a place to earn your degree. It’s also a community where you’ll grow as a person. Through weekly programs, retreats and partnership with local faith communities, the Office of Spiritual Life and Chaplain Elizabeth McCord will help you discover a purposeful life.
 

“I was determined to form a new faith community at Carroll by getting involved in spiritual life.”
— Mati Ardis '19

Gather is a weekly time of Christian worship led by the Student Ministry Team
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Carroll is an inter-religious campus welcoming students from a breadth of religious traditions

About the Office of Spiritual Life

Carroll University is both Presbyterian and inter-denominational, Christian and multi-faith. We’re affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and draw on our Christian heritage, but our students, faculty and staff come from a wide variety of faith traditions. The Office of Spiritual Life celebrates and supports this diversity of spiritual paths through opportunities for service, reflection, inter-religious education, annual retreats and regular faith practice. Student organizations, such as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and WELS Campus Ministry, offer additional experiences for faith development and leadership on campus.

Carroll’s partnerships with external religious and nonprofit organizations enable students to extend their spiritual community. Together with these groups Carroll offers countless opportunities for learning, service and spiritual growth on campus and in the broader community.

Prayers and Reflections

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Response to the Shooting of Jacob Blake from the Rev. Elizabeth McCord

8/27/2020

As we continue to be mindful of the ongoing events in Kenosha and their impact on our students, faculty and staff, the Rev. Elizabeth McCord offers her own reflection.

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Call to Prayer - July 27, 2020

7/27/2020

I by nature have a sweet tooth. It’s hard for me to pass on dessert. But I find in these frustrating days I am spending too much time chewing on bitterness. This prayer is a palate cleanser if you, like me, need to be reminded of the sweet things in life.

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SPACES FOR REFLECTION

Everyone worships in their own way, and Carroll is dedicated to providing flexible spaces that accommodate all of those practices. Learn more about our spiritual spaces below. 

HUMPHREY MEMORIAL CHAPEL

This large space is used for worship and spiritual engagement. Sunday afternoons students come to Gather at Humphrey for music, reflection and community. It’s also used for spiritual life led meditation and contemplation programming, special seasonal worship services, and for religiously-affiliated student group events.

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Meditation Chapel

The Nelson Vance Russell Meditation Chapel in Shattuck Music Center features a cross, candles and prayer books from the Christian tradition and is available for private or small group use.

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Prayer Room

The Prayer Room on the lower level of the Campus Center is symbol-free to be welcoming to students from any faith tradition and is available for individual use.

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Spiritual Guide

The Rev. Elizabeth E. P. McCord serves as chaplain and director of spiritual life at Carroll University. Elizabeth is passionate about students’ spiritual development and loves creating environments in which they can seek out their greatest purpose. In addition to developing spiritual life programs for the Carroll community, Elizabeth provides pastoral care and spiritual direction to students, faculty, staff and other members of the Carroll family. She provides a spiritual presence on campus and is available to speak or teach at Carroll events or in the local community. Elizabeth is ordained in the United Church of Christ and has ministerial standing with the Presbytery of Milwaukee. 

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