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The Office for Religious & Spiritual Life (ORSL) guides, nurtures, and enhances spiritual life at Stanford University.

Understanding education is both a spiritual and intellectual endeavor, ORSL attends to the whole student as together we explore the joy and challenges of being human. Here at ORSL, we foster dynamic and caring communities for religious and interfaith engagement, welcome and belonging, and spiritual wellness.

A home for people of all religious and non-religious traditions, we cultivate meaningful spaces to explore who you are and want to become for the sake of the world.

Whoever you are,  wherever you are on your journey, we are here for you!

Wisdom for the Way

September 21, 2020

Isolation, uncertainty, and a lack of control have made this time challenging. I won’t tell you that everything will be okay because I honestly don’t know if it will. What I can share are three difficulties that I’ve experienced and some approaches for dealing with them.

A technique for dealing with anxiety-inducing information My experience has been that our scope of...Read more

September 14, 2020

All That You Need Lies Within

You Consider this an invitation to you.
Yes—you
with all your happiness
and your burdens,
your hopes and regrets.
An invitation if you feel good today,
and an invitation if you do not,
if you are aching—
and there are so many ways to ache… .

Whoever you are, however you are,...Read more

September 11, 2020

Mathematics weds and distinguishes the necessary from the sufficient. Leavening agent is necessary for leavened bread but leavening (e.g., yeast) alone is insufficient for making bread.

To paraphrase Alistair Begg, the true disciple of Christ seeks an existence without sin, without self, and without secrecy. Each of these three qualities alone is necessary for discipleship; but,...Read more