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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. 

    Chapel (Wednesday at 10 am)
    A worship opportunity for faculty, staff and students

    Candlelight Worship (Thursday at 9:30 pm)
    Contemporary prayer and praise

    There are also on-campus worship opportunities for Catholics eight Sundays each semester. 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.

    Connect with Student Organizations

    There are plenty of opportunities for learning, fellowship and community service at Capital. And you can be as involved as you want to be.

    Join with other Christians in:

    • The Campus Congregation, Capital’s worshiping community
    • FISCh, our student outreach team, which does lock-ins and retreats in area churches
    • Lutheran Student Movement, a group for students interested in Lutheranism and in connecting with like-minded students from other colleges and universities
    • Catholic Student Organization, the group responsible for Catholic Mass on campus
    • Campus Crusade for Christ, a national program for college and university students that focuses on evangelism
    • Gospel Choir, a student-led singing group for people interested in the gospel tradition

    Explore Your Faith in Community

    Explore important faith-related issues through:

    • 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

    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

    Pastor Gary SandbergOur University Pastor Is Here for You

    Pastor Gary Sandberg serves as Dean of the Chapel. He maintains a Chaplains Corps to attend to the pastoral needs of Capital students. 

    Kerns Religious Life Center
    phone: 614-236-7737