ORL Stories

Q&A with The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal ‘72, 50th Class Reunion Chapel Speaker
June 1, 2022

By Erica Harris DeValve

For Reunions Weekend 2022, the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal ’72 returned to Princeton’s campus for only the second time in the 50 years since he graduated. A denominational leader, climate activist, and public theologian, Rev. Antal had been invited back to deliver the sermon at that Sunday’s Chapel…

Worship & Concerts in the University Chapel
March 22, 2022

The soaring arches of the Princeton University Chapel have summoned countless people to come inside to find faith, peace, inspiration, challenge, and courage. The gathering for worship that, in 1746, resulted in the founding of what is now Princeton University is the same community that convenes each Sunday morning to pray for a Spirit and to…

Mercy and Justice
Dec. 8, 2021
Written by Grecia Hernandez Perez '24

The following is the transcript of a sermon written by Grecia Hernandez Perez '24 for Dr. Wallace Best's American Sermons course (Spring 2021). 

            The way American Christians practice mercy and justice is inconsistent with the way Jesus Christ taught us. I say this not to anger or scorn or shame, rather, I hope that…

Speed-Faithing with the Religious Life Council
Oct. 5, 2021
Written by Saareen Junaid '23, ORL Student Correspondent

Princeton University’s Religious Life Council (RLC) is an interfaith group of students that meet over dinner each Monday to engage in conversations about their beliefs, questions, experiences, and spiritual life, under the guidance of Dean Matt Weiner. One of the RLC’s annual traditions is called "Speed-Faithing." Speed-Faithing is the RLC’s…

Remembering & Celebrating Imam Sohaib: Reflections from a Student
Oct. 4, 2021
Written by Saareen Junaid '23, ORL Student Correspondent

It has been a year and a half since our entire congregation has been able to gather together, to feel each other in the space we all expected to be in for four years of our lives. Murray-Dodge was not just a building for religious life, or a place of prayer, or refuge, but a place where so many students of faith sought…

Q&A with Imam Khalil Abdullah
Sept. 23, 2021
Written by Saareen Junaid '23, ORL Student Correspondent

Dear ones,  we hope that you have had a happy, healthy start to the new school year. This year is filled with so many new beginnings. We have started to go back to work, go back to school, see our loved ones in person. At the same time, so many of us return to a semblance of life before COVID-19 without the ones that were there with us. We…

Princeton Rose Castle Society Seeks New Cohort for 2021-22
Sept. 14, 2021

The Princeton Rose Castle Society (PRCS) grew out of a fall break trip to the Rose Castle Foundation(link is external) in Cumbria, England in 2019, sponsored by the Office of Religious Life.  In Cumbria our student delegation experienced a transformative…

Eric Plutz and the Return of The Vierne Project
Sept. 10, 2021
Written by Saareen Junaid ‘23, ORL Student Correspondent

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense loss for nearly everyone we come across. It created an eerie interim, marked by isolation and pause from the livelihoods many of us knew. For Eric Plutz, Princeton University’s organist, the livelihood he knows is music, particularly gracing our chapel with the beautiful sound of the organ. “Most people…

Q&A Interview with New Director of Princeton University Chapel Music
July 28, 2021
Written by Saareen Junaid, ORL Student Correspondent

This summer, Dr. Nicole Aldrich was appointed as the Director of Chapel Music and of the Princeton University Chapel Choir. She will succeed Penna Rose, who served in the position for 29 years. Dr. Aldrich is an established veteran of the chapel choir world, and comes to Princeton University with nearly three decades of experience as a church…

Uplifting the Voices of Women in Religious Spaces 
May 31, 2021
Written by Alix Barry '22

Religion has often been considered a barrier for gender justice and women empowerment. Given this reality, the Princeton University Office of Religious Life (ORL) is dedicated to being a space that is distinctly religious, and also committed to uplifting women: their histories, lived experience, and leadership. In celebration of Women’s History…