Meeting the Moment was born of a global pandemic and an urgent question: How do we best support ourselves and others during this extraordinary time? A collaboration between the Office for Religious & Spiritual Life, LifeWorks Program for Integrative Learning, and the Stanford Storytelling Project, Meeting the Moment began in 2020, when a team of students and instructors created a program to better equip Stanford students with the meaning-making tools and practices that will help meet the inevitably difficult moments with self-sovereignty and presence, and to fully inhabit the vibrantly joyful moments present in the midst of this protracted time of uncertainty.
We cultivate these tools and practices primarily through a unique year-long course, Meeting the Moment: Inner Resources for Hard Times, which is quarter by quarter developed and taught by a team of instructors and the Meeting the Moment student Fellows. Meeting the Moment Fellows come from all majors and backgrounds, though many are poets, philosophers, artists, and seekers. They are students and staff who co-create a dedicated time and space to consider the biggest and deepest question of all: How do we be human?