The mission of the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life is to support Occidental students, faculty and staff in their pursuit of a vibrant and meaningful religious and spiritual life while engaging religious pluralism with a commitment to mutual respect, awareness and dialogue.

We encourage students to consider how their spiritual development intersects with their intellectual growth. The office hosts a variety of events including retreats, study breaks, opportunities to engage in spiritual practice including walking the labyrinth every Wednesday, the Interfaith Thanksgiving Lunch, and the Interfaith Baccalaureate Service. For more information about our events, visit our events page.

NetVUE Regional Conference

Occidental College is pleased to collaborate with the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) to host a regional conference "Voices from the Margins: Supporting Vocational Exploration with Underserved Students" on January 16-18, 2020. The conference will focus on how to foster meaningful vocational exploration with underserved college students.

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The 2018-2019 Values and Vocations Fellowship

Funded by the Angell Foundation

The Office for Religious and Spiritual Life is currently accepting applications for the Summer Values and Vocations Fellowship, funded by the Angell Foundation. This unique eight week program provides students the opportunity to explore the intersection of spirituality and social justice by volunteering with a community-based site and participating in a weekly seminar facilitated by Rev. Dr. Susan Young, the Director for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Read more and download the application

Summer Values and Vocations Fellows will spend 35 to 40 hours a week at their community organization and two hours each week in the seminar from the end of May through the third week of July. 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 commitment to interfaith respect, dialogue and relationship. Fellows receive a weekly stipend of $390 and room and board if they live on campus.

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 young@oxy.edu 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. Faculty should submit their reference to ORSL directly by either: (1) emailing it to Rev. Dr. Young at young@oxy.edu; (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 Friday, April 5, 2019. 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.

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New Policy on Academic Accommodations for Reasons of Faith and Conscience

As Occidental College strives to provide a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality, we recognize that the student body includes adherents of many faiths and students who passionately believe their ideology. As our student body becomes more diverse, it is increasingly important that we, as an inclusive community, make academic accommodations for students from a variety of religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds and personal convictions. View our Academic Accommodations page for the full policy and the procedure for requesting accommodations for reasons of fatih and conscience.