About the Office of Religious Life of Princeton University

Monday, Oct 22, 2018

Who is the ORL?  — The Office of Religious Life (ORL) has a staff of 14 that includes the dean, two associate deans, the coordinator of the Hindu Life Program, the coordinator of the Muslim Life Program, the director of the University Chapel Choir and the University organist.  Please follow the link to see our staff.

ORL is a Place for All  — This sentiment is behind all that we do at Princeton to support the religious and secular communities on campus. Princeton is nonsectarian, and religious life here is characterized by its depth and diversity, reflecting our community of people from around the world and their interest in seeking meaning in their lives.   Along with providing spiritual counseling, the Office of Religious Life will support you in the broadest kinds of exploration of religion, ethics, public policy and community well-being. The office, based in Murray-Dodge Hall, brings community members together for interfaith programming, and a variety of chaplaincies and student groups allow you to further your spiritual growth and learn about other traditions. 

ORL Programs & Events — You will have many ways to engage with faith at Princeton — interfaith councils for undergraduates and graduate students, worship services, musical choirs and concerts, meditation, study of sacred texts and trips to explore how religion is practiced in other cultures. The campus celebrates many spiritual events within the soaring walls of the Princeton University Chapel, from its annual interfaith Baccalaureate service for graduating seniors and weekly Christian services to the Hindu celebration of Diwali. Other places for gathering and reflecting on campus include the Murray-Dodge Café (open 3 p.m. to midnight for free cookies and tea), prayer rooms in Murray-Dodge Hall, the Center for Jewish Life, and gardens and natural spaces.  Please follow the link for upcoming programs and events. 

ORL Chaplaincies & Student Groups — The University’s 15 chaplaincies and numerous student groups are among the most vibrant centers of faith on campus. The faiths represented include Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Unitarian Universalism et al.  Please follow the link for information about our many chaplaincies & student groups.

ORL is a place of "Firsts" — The Office of Religious Life is the first stop on the self-guided campus tour of “Firsts” at Princeton, which is one of the tours in the (In)Visible Princeton series, and offers insight into and resources on diversity of all kinds at Princeton today.  More information regarding (In)Visible Princeton walking tours is available on the Princeton University website.