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COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Memorial Church, the Center for Inter-Religious Community, Learning and Experiences (CIRCLE), and Windhover Contemplative Center are all currently closed. Students who wish to apply for a religious event exemption, click HERE for more information.

The Dalai Lama spoke at a medical school panel on Neuroscience and Buddhism at Memorial Auditorium. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Rathbun Program Offerings

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The Rathbun Fund provides the Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life with discretionary means to develop and offer “high touch” programs to help students explore further what it means to lead a meaningful life. The Rathbun Fund also provides resources to enhance the following programs for the benefit of the broader university community.

Alumni Panels: Stanford alumni come back to campus to participate in panels held student residence halls and other places on campus throughout the year. The panelists answer questions such as, “How has your definition of success changed since you graduated from Stanford?” and "What were the key decisions that I faced during my career journey?"

Baccalaureate Celebration: This gathering is part of Commencement weekend and is a bookend to the Opening Convocation held four years earlier. Baccalaureate is a time to acknowledge the spiritual contribution to the education of the whole person. 

Fellowship for Religious Encounter: The Office for Religious & Spiritual Life offers up to 16 fellowships to engage students in sustained, meaningful religious encounter with one another. This year-long program is open to Stanford undergraduate, graduate or professional students from any academic discipline. 

Guest Speakers: Speakers from diverse backgrounds are invited to campus to be a part of events intended to encourage self-reflection and moral inquiry.

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Meeting the Moment

Meeting the Moment is ORSL’s newest offering debuting the 2020-2021 academic year. ORSL is excited to engage more Stanford students with this new flagship program.

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Rathbun Fellowship for Religious Encounter

An opportunity for students to engage in sustained, meaningful interfaith conversations with one another within a diverse community.

Oprah Winfrey, a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, offers her personal reflections on life as she delivers “Harry’s Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Stanford Memorial Church.

Rathbun Past Lectures

View and explore past lectures that occurred as part of the Rathbun Program.

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Rathbun Youth Activism Summit

This Youth Summit is a historic moment for Stanford University as we seek to expand the prestigious Rathbun Program from a keynote lecture to an immersive and interactive conference for student activists to network, train, and collaborate across diverse sectors as they mobilize movements for change around the world.

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What Matters to Me and Why

A presentation and discussion series featuring Stanford Faculty and Administrators addressing life questions.