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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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Who We Are

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Our Mission is “To guide, nurture and enhance spiritual and religious life within the Stanford University community.”

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What We Believe

Welcoming and Inclusive: Fostering space where all feel welcomed, included, and represented.

Care and Compassion: Nurturing communities that offer support, care, and guidance from a place of unconditional positive regard.

Diversity and Equity: Ensuring our programs, events, and communities are both diverse and equitable, not simply in demographics but in systemic structures.

Purposeful Living: Cultivating communities in which people can flourish and develop lives of meaning, purpose, and belonging.

Student Centered: Giving primary focus and attention to student development, student needs, student gifts, and student interests.

Collaborative: Working across campus to integrate the work of spiritual life into all aspects of University life.

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Events & Wedding Services

Bringing a wealth of events and services to Stanford's communities, we invite you to explore all that is offered through the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Our work touches from the very personal to the most joyful of life milestones. Concerts, weddings, memorials, and more. 

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Memorial Church & Companion Spaces

Stanford Memorial Church stands at the center of the campus, and is the University's architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still, among the most prominent churches in the West. As part of our spaces on campus, we also offer the CIRCLE Multi-Faith Center and the Windhover Companion Center. 

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Make a Gift

The Office for Religious & Spiritual Life (ORSL) welcomes financial gifts from alumni, parents, friends, foundations, and organizations who would like to support Memorial Church as well as programs and activities across campus that help guide, nurture and enhance spiritual, religious and ethical life within the Stanford University community.

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ORSL Staff

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life professional staff are comprised of a rich tapestry of individuals from all walks of life who are dedicated to serving Stanford's communities.