ORSL supports the Oxy community in their pursuit of a vibrant and meaningful spiritual and religious life while engaging religious diversity with a commitment to acceptance, mutual respect, awareness, and dialogue.
Programs & Events
The offices hosts and sponsors many campus events for members of the Occidental community. These include:
- On and off campus retreats over fall break and at other times during the school year
- The use of the labyrinth for personal prayer, meditation and reflection every Wednesday
- Food Justice Month -- every October
- The Interfaith Thanksgiving Lunch
- The Interfaith Baccalaureate Service
- Study breaks for students during final weeks
- And much more!
The 2016-2017 Values and Vocations Fellowship
The Values and Vocations Fellowship, funded by the Angell Foundation, provides students the opportunity to explore the intersection of spirituality and social justice by engaging with a community-based site and participating in a weekly seminar. The seminar allows students to explore their passion for social justice and their need to develop a spiritual practice that will ultimately help to sustain a lifelong commitment to social justice.
The Office for Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) will award 14 Values and Vocations Fellowships in Fall 2016. Studens may participate in the fellowship for one or two semesters. Fellows volunteer 8 to 10 hours on a social justice project at a community organization. They also spend 2 hours each week attending a weekly reflection seminar facilitated by Rev. Dr. Susan Young, Director for Religious and Spiritual Life. During the seminar, fellows engage in small group exercises, contemplative practices and discussions about religion, spirituality, social justice, community engagement and vocation. Fellows must demonstrate a commitement to interfaith respect, dialogue and relationship. Students receive a study grant of $1,300 per semester for participating in the program. Fellows will also enroll in the INT 100 zero credit internship program administered by the Hameetman Career Center.
To apply for the Fellowship, students must: (1) submit a written application and (2) participate in a fifteen minute interview with ORSL staff. The Values and Vocations Fellowship application is divided into two parts. Part One is the student application and Part Two is the faculty reference.
Students may submit their application by emailing it to Rev. Dr. Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or by dropping it off at our office located in Lower Herrick. Faculty members are asked to complete the reference form rather than writing a formal letter of reference. Faculy should submit their reference to ORSL directly by either: (1) emailing it to Rev. Dr. Young at email@example.com; (2) dropping it off in a sealed, signed envelope to the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life in Lower Herrick; or (3) by mailing it in a sealed, signed envelope to the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life.
The deadline for the student application and faculty reference is Monday, September 12, 2016. Interviews will take place later that week. Rev. Dr. Young will contact applicants to schedule the interview after receiving their application. Please click on the link below to download the student application and faculty reference form. Applications are also available at ORSL located in Lower Herrick.
Fall Break Retreat, October 7-9, 2016
The Office for Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) is hosting its annual fall break retreat as part of Occidental College's Food Justice Month in October. Most religious and spiritual traditions express a commitment to sustaining the natural world and ensuring that all human beings are empowered to live healthy, sustainable lives. Additionally, for many, the wilderness is a place where people connect to something larger than themselves for spiritual direction and inspiration. The retreat will provide participants the opportunity to reconnect with the natural world as they explore the relationship between sustainable living and spirituality with a focus on food justice and organic farming. The retreat begins in the evening on Friday, October 7 and ends mid-day on Sunday, October 9. The group will camp at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area and visit an organic farm in Ojai, California. The retreat is free but advanced registration is required. Applications will be available at the end of September.
The President's Interfaith Service and Campus Challenge
Occidental College is participating in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Challenge sponsored by the White House and supported by the Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Campus Challenge is a national initiative to encourage college students to engage in interfaith dialogue and service as a way of cultivating a commitment to interfaith cooperation and religious pluralism. The Office for Religious and Spiritual Life will host events throughout the year through this national initiative. Our first event is a 9/11 Interfaith Vigil on Friday, September 9 at 12:30 pm.
Additional Interfaith Calendars:
Office for Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL)
Occidental College, F-8
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041
- Phone: 323-259-2621
- Fax: 323-341-4959