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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.

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Rathbun Fellowship for Religious Encounter

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The Rathbun Fellowship for Religious Encounter is an opportunity for students to engage in sustained, meaningful interfaith conversations with one another within a diverse community. Meeting each week over a shared meal, the fellows explore life’s big questions through student led discussions. Students explore together themes such as joy, ritual, forgiveness, mercy, and hope all from their own faith and non-faith perspectives. 

  • Fellows are selected to represent a wide array of religious and non-religious traditions to create a vibrant community of engagement. Student participants should exhibit a passion for interreligious inquiry and a commitment to building bridges of understanding across difference. It is not expected that participants are religious scholars or experts in their tradition.
    • Fellows meet once a week for six weeks/quarter throughout the academic year, beginning in the second week of the quarter.
    • Fellows participate in a retreat at the beginning of the academic year.
    • Fellows make two public presentations, as a group, to invite others into interfaith communities of engagement.
    • Fellows participate in a ritual celebration/commissioning event at the conclusion of the academic year.
    • Fellows each receive a stipend of $500 per academic year.
  • The Rathbun Fellowship is open to Stanford undergraduate, graduate or professional students from any academic discipline. Students must have full-time status. The fellowship is intended for students who demonstrate a genuine desire to explore religion in their lives and a willingness to listen to and learn from those with different backgrounds.
  • Applications for the coming academic year will be posted soon.