ORL Stories

ORL's Hidden Chaplain Initiative Featured in The New Yorker
May 22, 2023

The ORL’s Hidden Chaplains initiative was featured in The New Yorker! Started by Dean Matt Weiner and Kyle Berlin ‘18 five years ago, the Hidden Chaplains program allows students to identify and honor those people on campus whose quiet generosity and care brighten their days. You can read the full article

The ORL's Compassionate Listening Corps Initiative
May 3, 2023

This semester, the Office of Religious is hosting a series of compassionate listening training sessions for Campus Life staff who expressed interest in expanding knowledge of how to meet the needs of students and colleagues with compassion, confidence, and expertise. Through the Compassionate Listening Corps, the Office of Religious Life seeks…

Christmas Eve Worship Service
Dec. 6, 2022

Join us in the magnificent University Chapel for a very special candlelit Christmas Eve Worship Service with Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University. With seasonal music provided by the Chapel community choir, chamber orchestra, University Organist Eric Plutz, and Director…

Christmas Day Worship Service
Dec. 6, 2022

We hope you can attend our Christmas Day Worship Service with the Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames, Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University.  Featuring festive music provided by the Chapel community choir, chamber orchestra, University Organist Eric Plutz, and Director of Chapel Music and…

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…

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…