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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 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

September 9, 2020

If we get this right, we’ll never go back to normal.

These words, portrayed in art by Kate Deciccio in mid-March, 2020, and shared by (and commonly misattributed to) disability activist Mia Mingus, have been playing in my brain since I first saw them.

In March, as people in the United States began to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as shelter-in-place...Read more