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Religious Life On Campus and Beyond

As a university related to the United Methodist Church since 1899, Ohio Northern has a strong and rich tradition of religious life on campus and in the community. Students will find many mentors from a variety of religious traditions among our faculty and staff who are more than willing to help students ask the “big questions” of life: Who am I? Why are we here? What purpose or meaning is there to life? All of these questions are addressed both in the academic and the student life of the campus.

The Office of the University Chaplain and members of the Religious Life staff are on hand to assist the campus community in exploring these important questions. Our mission is to provide an ecumenical and interfaith environment for spiritual growth and development. The chaplain is available for private pastoral counseling or spiritual direction and can help students find a faith community that matches their interests and tradition. If your student is looking for a place to worship or pray in the tradition from which you come, please stop by the chaplain’s office or email us at The Walter and Marian English Chapel on campus also houses a prayer room and multi-faith room, both of which are open 24 hours a day when accessed from the north entrance of the building.

Each week, a non-denominational Christian service of worship takes place in the Chapel sanctuary on Thursday at 11 a.m. Lunch is served beginning at 10:45 a.m., and members of the campus community are invited to partake in the food and fellowship at any time during the worship hour. The 11 a.m. to noon hour on Thursdays is dedicated for worship and reflection, so no labs, classes or meetings are scheduled during that time. Our active Muslim community on campus also holds weekly prayer on Fridays at noon in Clark Hall. Throughout the year, special times of worship and prayer are also offered by the chaplain and Religious Life staff.

Beyond worship, we are active in the community in a number of important ways. Student religious organizations have regular meetings around campus (click here for a list of religious life organizations), and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity perform service projects in the community as well as alternative spring break trips to help build adequate housing through Habitat International. The chaplain’s office also coordinates a variety of community service opportunities through Get Connected ONU. This online resource allows students to search for service opportunities and sign up online to participate in the activities of your choice. Your student can become familiar with Get Connected ONU if they sign up to participate in Ada Civic Engagement Day (ACE Day), which will take place on Aug. 23.

On behalf of all of us in Religious Life, let me welcome you and your student to campus! I invite your student to stop by our office for a cup of tea or coffee and some conversation any time they like!

Chaplain David MacDonald