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    Religious Life

  • College is the time when you really start to define yourself and decide what shape you want your life to take. As a Lutheran university, Capital gives you many opportunities to explore your beliefs and live them out in service to others.

    Every Capital student is a welcome member of our spiritual community. If you’re not sure what you believe, that's okay. There is a place for you here! Capital’s strong Lutheran tradition creates an environment of freedom and community for all of our students.  

    We Worship Together

    Capital’s worship services are open to everyone. We hold two services a week in Kerns Religious Life Center. 

    Capital Worship (Wednesday at 10:05 am)
    A worship opportunity for faculty, staff and students

    Candlelight Worship (Thursday at 9:09 pm)
    Contemporary prayer and praise
      

    There are also on-campus worship opportunities for Catholics. During each semester, Mass is held Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm in Kerns Religious Life Center. The Mass schedule is posted on the website of the Catholic Student Organization.

    Columbus is home to an astonishing array of churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship. If you’d prefer to connect with one of these faith communities, we can help you contact the ones nearest you.

    INTERFAITH PRAYER SPACE

    All are invited to pray and meditate in Room 101 of Kerns Religious Life Center. This quiet space is now accessible to all students, faculty and staff. Prayer rugs are available, and a shoe rack is provided. Nearby are restroom facilities.

    MINISTRY PARTNERS

    Sundays evenings at 5:00 p.m. Catholic Mass is held in Kerns Religious Life Center. The Catholic Student Association also holds study and fellowship events.

    Columbus is home to an astonishing array of churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship. If you’d prefer to connect with one of these faith communities, we can help you contact the ones nearest you.
     


    Connect with Student Organizations

    Capital celebrates our six interfaith student organizations knowing that the diversity of each, sharing gifts with one another builds common ground. Learn more how each offers fellowship and community service at Capital.


    EXPLORE YOUR FAITH IN COMMUNITY 
    Explore important faith-related issues with Embrace. We are the Christian student organization sponsored by Capital University, guided by Pastor Shelley, Capital’s Interim University Pastor. All are welcome to join in:

    • Spiritual and community building retreats
    • Movie groups that meet to watch and discuss popular films from a spiritual perspective
    • Discussion groups on topics such as racism and sexuality
    • Lectures by special speakers who share their thoughts about faith, ethics and the Bible
    • Learn more by emailing: embrace@capital.edu



    Help Us Serve Local and Global Neighbors in Need

    Take your faith on the road with:

    • Mission trips devoted to serving a variety of people in and beyond the Columbus area
    • Alternative spring break trips, which are extended service-learning experiences to places far from our local area (past destinations have included Dominican Republic, Mexico, and South Africa)
    • Ecumenical Advocacy Days and local advocacy opportunities
    • Special events, including Habitat for Humanity builds and serving kids at First Lutheran Church, our inner city partner in ministry

    Shelley Nelson-BridgerOur University Pastor Is Here for You

    Pastor Shelley Nelson-Bridger serves Capital’s students, faculty and staff as Interim University Pastor.

    Kerns Religious Life Center
    email: snelsonbridger@capital.edu
    phone: 614-236-7737