Religious and Spiritual Life offers several opportunities for students to engage with Faith Communities on campus and beyond.
Meet With a Chaplain
Stetson's chaplains are available to all members of the Stetson community regardless of their spiritual affiliation or non-affiliation. They are happy to provide spiritual guidance or just to listen without judging and offer friendship and compassion.
Chaplains are confidential resources, meaning they will not share information about your conversations without your permission.
In addition to being available as a resource for discussing spiritual concerns, the chaplain has some specific roles in responding in times of personal or community loss. When a student is known to have had a death in the family, the chaplain will reach out to offer comfort and assistance. Later in the grieving process, talking with the chaplain may also be helpful. Additionally, when there is a death of a member of the Stetson community, whether student, faculty or staff, the chaplain will assist in providing support in planning for services for the Stetson community. This may also include offering times of vigil and prayer when there are local or national tragedies. The mourning process is unique to each person and community. Even long after the actual loss, talking with a spiritual friend can help in the healing.
Chaplain Todd Campbell is available to meet on conferencing platforms available to all Stetson students, faculty and staff. To make an appointment, email Todd at [email protected]
Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room
The Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room is available to all students by card access from 8 a.m. to midnight.
Through structured conversations, we create space for students to have conversations about things that matter - especially leaning into the "three topics that shouldn't be discussed at dinner" - religion, race and politics - so that students learn how to constructively discuss challenging topics with people who are different from them and who may disagree with them.
Interfaith Chapel Services are held during Fall FOCUS Weekend, Homecoming Weekend and for Ash Wednesday.
Yule Log Lighting
Each year, the Stetson community gathers near Hulley Tower for the ceremonial start of the holiday season with the university's Yule Log Lighting.
Values Day, an annual tradition established by Doug Lee, is dedicated to discussion and action centered on the University's core values of personal growth, intellectual development, global citizenship, and personal and social responsibility. We are exploring "ethical citizenship" as the theme for this upcoming year, with a variety of workshops, panels, and opportunities to work with our community partners.
To commemorate and take action upon Dr. King's vision for peace and justice, we partner with local Black clergy and leaders to host a series of on- and off-campus events coinciding with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in mid-January, including the annual MLK Community Breakfast, MLK Life and Legacy Luncheon, Civil Rights March, Community Expo, and Gospel Concert.