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Spiritual Life

Pursue your spiritual journey

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.

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 learning community.

  • ENGAGE! is a monthly gathering that features food, games and casual worship.
  • Catholic Mass is offered on select weekends during the academic year.
  • Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity
    The BC campus chapter of an ecumenical housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world.
  • Church Travel Teams
    Students travel on weekends throughout Virginia and in surrounding states to lead worship services in local congregations.
  • 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 faith through study, sharing and prayer.
  • Spiritual Life Board (BCSLB)
    Plans activities and events that extend the reach of God’s love at BC.
  • Brethren Student Movement (BSM)
  • Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)
  • Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA)
  • Camp Fair is an annual event featuring representatives from several camps who come to campus with information about summer employment and volunteer opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Passover Seder is an annual ritual meal and service celebrating God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from Egypt in the Exodus event.
  • Sacred Spaces provides opportunity to visit sites and services of different spiritual and religious traditions.
  • Spiritual Focus brings to campus an outstanding artist, musician, or speaker to lead our focus on a spiritual theme.
  • Summer Christian Experience Scholarships enable students to serve in a church-related summer camp and receive scholarship funds for their next year at BC.
  • Table Talk is a weekly opportunity over lunch for students, faculty and staff to reflect on a book and its meaning for life.
  • What Matters to Me and Why is a monthly gathering over Zoom to hear members of the campus community reflect on what matters most deeply to them and why.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Church Travel Teams travel on weekends throughout Virginia and surrounding states to lead worship services in local congregations.
  • 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 https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022.
  • Carter Stone Chapel on the main floor of the Carter Center for Worship and Music
  • Meditation and Prayer Space in the IDEA Center at 112 College Woods Drive.

Questions? Contact Us!

Rev. Robbie Miller, Chaplain
540-828-5383
rmiller@bridgewater.edu

Rev. Robbie Miller

College Chaplain

Robbie has served BC as College Chaplain for over 30 years, overseeing the college’s spiritual life program and providing support to members of the campus community. He received his B.A. from Bridgewater, his Master of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. At BC, Robbie’s door is always open and his coffee is always fresh. Outside of BC, he enjoys reading, birdwatching, and being a volunteer transporter for the Wildlife Center of Virginia.