Religious and Spiritual Life
Welcome to Religious and Spiritual Life at Pacific. Our goal in the department of Religious and Spiritual Life is to facilitate religious life in all its many forms and to provide a safe place for students and other members of our community to ask questions about meaning and purpose in life, often in relation to a supreme being, the world, and others around you. We also hope to encourage all people, whether religious or spiritual, of faith or no faith, to think intelligently about religion and how it affects society, and to promote healthy dialogue between people of all religious positions. Please take a look at our pages to get a sense of what we are up to and how you might fit in.
Religious Life and Wellness
One of our goals in the Office of the Chaplain is to work together with our larger university community in its effort to promote the health of the whole person. The Wellness Initiative at Pacific seeks to promote eight dimensions of wellness, of which spiritual wellness is one. Spiritual wellness has been defined as follows:
Spiritual wellness involves seeking meaning and purpose in human existence, often through prayer, meditation, and reflection, or through various activities and practices associated with a religious tradition. It includes understanding "who am I?" and "what is meaningful in my life?" It also involves an ongoing process of reconciling one's beliefs or religious identity with what one experiences in the world, acknowledging that one can be spiritually well in the midst of struggle and searching, and through the many cycles of life. Spiritual wellness recognizes the complexity of life with all its joys, wonders, pleasures, and discoveries, even while it also sees and experiences its hurts, doubts, fears, and disappointments. The spiritually well person seeks to use one's deeper understanding about purpose and meaning to live a life in which actions are consistent with one's beliefs, and to make the most of every day experiences with people and nature.
Please contact us to find out more about the initiative, and how we might be part of helping you achieve wellness in all areas of your life.
We look forward to meeting you!