ORL Stories

Remembering Michael Britt
Sept. 30, 2022

The Office of Religious Life joins the family and friends of Michael Britt in mourning his death on Sept. 14, 2022, of complications from acute respiratory distress syndrome. Michael was a revered church musician, synagogue organist, and choir director. We knew him best at the Chapel, however, as the performer behind the organ at our…

Applications Open for Fall Break Senegal Pilgrimage 2022
Aug. 25, 2022

Princeton University’s Office of Religious Life & the Campus Life Office of Diversity & Inclusion are sponsoring a journey to Senegal during Fall Break, October 14-23, 2022.  Current Princeton undergraduate or graduate students are welcome to apply.  

The purpose of the trip is to make a solemn pilgrimage to the …

Princeton Rose Castle Society: Applications Open for 2022-2023
Aug. 22, 2022

Applications for the Princeton Rose Castle Society cohort for the 2022-2023 academic year are now open!

The Princeton Rose Castle Society (PRCS) grew out of a fall break trip to the 

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…

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…