Bridgewater honors its distinctive religious heritage while welcoming students of all religious, spiritual, and philosophical 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 and opportunities that can help you connect in ways that fit who and where you are on that journey.
Bridgewater’s full-time chaplain provides spiritual guidance and support for all students—regardless of religious tradition or spiritual orientation.
So explore your spiritual beliefs and values. Ask the hard questions. Consider new ideas and viewpoints. Continue the journey and 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 founded on the core values of equality, community, simplicity, service and peace. Bridgewater continues to honor this heritage while welcoming people from all perspectives as part of its community.
Campus Worship Services
- ENGAGE Worship is a casual and non-denominational weekly worship service open to the entire campus community that features music, drama, and inspiring messages from the College chaplain, students, faculty, staff and special guests.
- Ecumenical Worship Services are held each year for Christmas, Ash Wednesday and Easter.
- Catholic Mass is offered on select weekends during the academic year.
Special Interest Groups
- Church Travel Teams
Students travel on weekends throughout Virginia and in surrounding states to lead worship services in congregations, develop leadership skills, and strengthen the church/college relationship.
- Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity
The BC campus chapter of an ecumenical housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world.
- Interfaith Student Association (ISA)
Seeks to create a welcoming and diverse campus community where interfaith awareness, understanding, respect and cooperation are the norm.
- Seekers Spirituality Group
Meets weekly to seek a deeper understanding and experience of the Christian faith through study, sharing and prayer.
- Spiritual Life Board (BCSLB)
Plans activities and events that extend the reach of God’s love at BC.
Spiritual Life Groups
- Brethren Student Movement (BSM)
- Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)
- Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM)
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
- Muslim Student Association (MSA)
Spiritual Growth Opportunities
- 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 reflection and action for peace with people all over the world. For more information, visit internationaldayofpeace.org.
- Fall Spiritual Focus brings to campus an outstanding artist, musician, or speaker to lead our focus on a theme of Christian spirituality.
- Camp Fair is an annual event featuring representatives from several camps who come to Bridgewater with information about summer employment and volunteer opportunities.
- Passover Seder is an annual ritual meal and service celebrating God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from Egypt in the Exodus event.
Summer Christian Experience Scholarships enable students to serve in a church-related summer camp and receive scholarship funds for their next year at BC.
- Alternative Spring Break gives students the chance to travel and 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 the annual BC CROP Meal and Bridgewater/Dayton area 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 leadership, and strengthen the church/college relationship.
- Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity
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.
Questions? Contact Us!
Rev. Robbie Miller, Chaplain