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Embrace Your Spiritual Journey

Spiritual Life

Spirit Matters

Welcome to spiritual life at Bridgewater College! As a liberal arts college that educates the whole person, Bridgewater encourages you to pursue your spiritual path during the college years. As one of six colleges historically affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, Bridgewater seeks to honors its spiritual heritage while welcoming students of all religious traditions and faith perspectives as part of an open, inclusive, and diverse learning community.

Recognizing that everyone is at a different place on the spiritual journey, Bridgewater provides a variety of resources, opportunities and events that can help you connect in ways that fit who and where you are on that journey.

Bridgewater’s full-time chaplain provides spiritual support and guidance for all students—regardless of religious tradition or spiritual orientation. We encourage mutual respect for all religious, spiritual and philosophical perspectives.

So explore your spiritual beliefs and values. Ask the hard questions.  Consider new ideas and viewpoints.  Discover your meaningful place in the world.  We will meet you where you are.

Affiliation with the Church of the Brethren

Bridgewater is affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, a small Protestant denomination grounded in the values of peace, social justice, service, community and simplicity. Bridgewater continues to honor that spiritual heritage while welcoming people from all spiritual perspectives —as well as those who do not hold to any religion.

Campus Worship Services

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  • ENGAGE Worship is a casual and non-denominational weekly worship service open to the entire campus community that includes music, drama, and inspiring messages from students, faculty, staff and special guests.
  • Campus Worship Services are ecumenical services held each year at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Ash Wednesday and Easter.
  • Catholic Mass is held on selected weekends and announced on the MyBC portal.

Special Interest Groups

  • BC Interfaith Board (BCIB)
    Seeks to encourage a welcoming and religiously diverse campus where all live and work together for the common good.
  • BC Spiritual Life Board (BCSLB)
    Meets weekly to plan activities and events that extend the reach of God’s love at BC.
  • Church Travel Teams
    Students travel on weekends throughout Virginia and in surrounding states to lead worship services in congregations, develop student leadership, and strengthen the church/college relationship.
  • Habitat for Humanity, BC Campus Chapter
    The BC campus chapter of an ecumenical housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world. For more information visit habitat.org/volunteer/near-you/youth-programs/campus-chapters.
  • Interfaith Student Association (ISA)
    Seeks to create a welcoming and diverse campus community where interfaith awareness, understanding, respect and cooperation are the norm.
  • New Community Project (NCP), BC Campus Chapter
    The BC campus chapter of a national organization that promotes peace through justice, care for creation and experiential learning. For more information visit newcommunityproject.org
  • Seekers Spirituality Group
    Meets weekly to seek a deeper understanding and experience of the Christian faith through fellowship, study and prayer.

Spiritual Life Groups

  • Brethren Student Movement (BSM) meets weekly to provide opportunity for Christian fellowship and growth. Activities include weekly Bible studies, retreats, recreation, prayer partners and service projects. Open to all students.
  • Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) is an interdenominational Christian group that meets weekly for fellowship, prayer and worship. Open to all students.
  • Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) meets weekly and is a welcoming, accepting group where students can experience community and discuss topics relevant to the lives of young adults.  Open to all students.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a Christ-centered organization for students who share a passion for sports. The group meets weekly for fellowship and is open to all students.
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA) seeks to increase the awareness of Islam on campus and engage in the traditions and practices of that tradition.

Spiritual Growth Activities

  • Table Talk is a weekly opportunity over lunch for students, faculty and staff to reflect on a book and its application to life.
  • What Matters to Me and Why is a monthly gathering over dinner to hear members of the campus community reflect on what matters to them and why.
  • International Day of Peace is an annual event dedicated to prayer and action for peace with people all over the world. For more information visit internationaldayofpeace.org.
  • One Sky One World Kite Fly is an annual event to promote protection of the planet, peace, friendship and understanding between all people. For more information visit oneskyoneworld.org.
  • Fall Spiritual Focus brings to campus an outstanding artist, musician, or speaker to lead our focus on a theme of Christian spirituality.
  • Spiritual Exploration Retreats provide opportunity to explore the spiritual life at beautiful Brethren Woods Camp and Retreat Center, located a short drive from campus.
  • Camp Fair is an annual opportunity to meet with representative from several camps about summer employment and volunteer positions.
  • Passover Seder is an annual ritual meal and service celebrating God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from Egypt in the Exodus event.
  • Seekers Spirituality Group meets weekly to seek a deeper understanding and experience of the Christian faith through fellowship, study and prayer.

Service Opportunities

  • Alternative Spring Break gives students the chance to travel out of state to build houses for people in need with the BC Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. For more information visit habitat.org/volunteer/travel-and-build/collegiate-challenge.
  • Hunger Relief Efforts raise awareness and funds to fight hunger throughout the world. Bridgewater students help organize several events, including the annual BC CROP Meal and CROP Hunger Walk. For more information visit crophungerwalk.org/bridgewaterva/.
  • Church Travel Teams travel on weekends throughout Virginia and in surrounding states to lead worship services in congregations, develop student leadership, and strengthen the church/college relationship.
  • Habitat for Humanity, BC Campus Chapter
    The BC campus chapter of an ecumenical housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world. For more information visit habitat.org/volunteer/near-you/youth-programs/campus-chapters.  
  • New Community Project (NCP), BC Campus Chapter
    The BC campus chapter of a national organization that promotes peace through justice, care for creation and experiential learning. For more information visit newcommunityproject.org.

Meditation and Prayer

  • Stone Prayer Chapel, located in the Carter Center for Worship and Music, provides a quiet spot for meditation, reflection and prayer.

Questions? Contact Us!

Rev. Robbie Miller, Chaplain
540-828-5383
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