Modern life is noisy. Smartphones, instant messages and e-mails keep you connected to friends 24/7. But take some time away from the distractions. We encourage you to embrace spirituality as an important part of your intellectual growth while you are here at Bridgewater.
No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, college is the ideal time to search for your purpose in life.
Bridgewater’s full-time chaplain provides spiritual support and guidance for all students—regardless of faith background. We encourage mutual respect for all religions and faith perspectives.
So explore your spiritual values and beliefs. Ask the hard questions. Don’t be afraid to consider new ideas and viewpoints. We will meet you where you are.
Rooted in Peace, Service and Social Justice
Bridgewater is affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. It is grounded in values such as peace, service, community and simplicity. Bridgewater continues to be inspired by that heritage. We welcome people from all faith perspectives —as well as those who do not hold to any religion.
Campus Worship Services
- BC Chapel is an informal and contemporary weekly worship service open to the entire campus community that includes music, drama, and inspiring messages from students, faculty, staff and special guests.
- Convocation Campus Worship Services are inclusive campus worship services held each semester as part of Bridgewater’s convocation program.
- Catholic Mass is held on selected Saturdays at 5 p.m.
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.
- Seekers Small Group is led by the chaplain and meets weekly to seek a deeper understanding and experience of Christian faith through fellowship, study and prayer.
Spiritual Growth Activities
- International Peace Day is an annual event dedicated to prayer and action for peace with people all over the world.
- One Sky One World Kite Fly is an annual event to promote protection of the planet, peace, friendship and understanding between all people.
- 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.
- What Matters to Me & Why is a monthly gathering over lunch to hear what matters most deeply to a member of our campus community and why. Open to students, faculty, and staff.
- Passover Seder is a ritual meal and service celebrating God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from Egypt in the Exodus event.
- 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.
- Hunger Relief Efforts raise awareness and funds to fight hunger throughout the world. Bridgewater students help organize several events, including the CROP Hunger Walk (a program of Church World Service), the annual BC CROP Meal and Fast For a World Harvest.
- BC Interfaith Board (BCIB) seeks to encourage a welcoming and diverse religious environment on campus where all live and work together for the common good.
- BC Spiritual Life Board (BCSLB) plans activities and events to extend the reach of God’s love at BC.
- 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 (HFH), BC Campus Chapter, is an ecumenical housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world.
- New Community Project (NCP), BC Campus Chapter, promotes peace through justice, care for creation and experiential learning
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