Spiritual Life

No matter what faith you practice, you'll find a welcoming community at Keuka College.

Keuka College is a diverse, welcoming, multi-faith community that has historical roots in the American Baptist Church. We are a church-related college that welcomes all forms of religious and spiritual diversity. Whether you're interested in attending weekly worship services, exploring your spirituality, or just need pastoral care and spiritual guidance from time-to-time, the Center for Spiritual Life is here to support your spiritual and religious development. 


Worship and Meditation Opportunities

Ultimate Worship Wednesday

Ultimate Worship Wednesday is a student-led, casual, Christian worship experience every Wednesday evening. It's held from 8 - 9 p.m. in the Brezinsky Room. 

Monday Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation is a secular technique for enhancing positive life skills, reducing stress, developing balance and prioritization, and increasing the effectiveness of interpersonal and intrapersonal activities. It's each held Monday at 4:30 in the Meditation Room (Dahlstrom #40).

Sessions are facilitated by Nicole Hunt. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. This program is free and is not a credit-bearing class. Co-sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Life (CSL) and Academic Success at Keuka (ASK).

Special Services

In addition to the regular worship and meditation services, the CSL offers services intended to address special needs. These multi-faith services provide the community opportunities to reflect and remember.

Special services in the past have included:

  • 9/11 Remembrance Service
  • Veteran’s Day Service
  • Hanukkah Celebration
  • Christmas Candlelight Service
  • Ash Wednesday Services, both Catholic & Non-Denominational
  • Purim Celebration
  • Passover Celebration
  • Holy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Holocaust Remembrance Service
  • Multi-faith Peace Vigil

Local Places of Worship

The Finger Lakes region is home to many places of worship of all faiths and denominations, all of which warmly welcome Keuka College students. 

  View Local Places of Worship Map


Counseling

For those students seeking spiritual support while working through life’s issues, the Chaplain is available for counseling by appointment or walk-in.


Spiritual Paths

Why is there suffering? Is there a God? What happens when we die? Is there truth or is there absolute truth? We're here to help you reflect and think about life's big questions. The College's chaplain and our student spiritual directors use spiritual paths that help you reflect, pray, meditate, and focus your thoughts no matter what religion you do—or do not–practice. 

The spiritual paths allow you to explore your religion and spirituality through the lens of something you're passionate about. Paths might include activities, readings, scripture, apps, movies, music, games, and more. 

Our Spiritual Paths

Arts and Creativity

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Contemplation

Intellectual Inquiry

Nature

Relationships

Service

Social Activism

Worship

Discover Spiritual Life

Read more about exploring spirituality at Keuka College.

The Burned Over District

Religion and spirituality in the Finger Lakes.

During much of the 1800s, western New York was alive with new religious movements, earning it the title "The Burned-Over District" because of the fiery nature of many of these faiths. In this video, join Dr. Michael McKenzie, associate professor of philosophy and religion, as he takes you on a tour of many of the exact spots where these religions either got their start or caught fire.

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