Wait, I thought Wheaton was a secular college?
It is! The SSSR office is here to help students interested in asking complex questions about life and its meaning. That's another way of learning about who you are and who you want to become at Wheaton and beyond. This may involve deepening your connections with your own religious tradition or exploring spirituality in a broader sense.
How does it work?
SSSR staff members work with student-run clubs like Hillel (for Jewish life), Christian Fellowship (Intervarsity), Catholic Student Fellowship, the Wheaton Meditation Group and Better Together Club (B2G), Wheaton's "all-beliefs-welcome" club affiliated with the national Interfaith Youth Core. B2G provides opportunities for students from all religious, cultural and philosophical backgrounds to learn from each other about religious diversity at Wheaton and to explore questions of meaning and purpose.
SSSR also works with student groups and local partners to create opportunities for students to attend weekly religious services and High Holidays observances of many traditions represented in our student body, including Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Eid al Adha, All Saints Day/Dia de los Muertos, Diwali, and, of course, Holi. The Chapel Basement Meditation Room offers a quiet space for individuals and small groups to pray or meditate.
Finally, "Dean Vereene" is available for one-on-one conversations about spiritual direction, needs or challenges. Call or come by the office for open office hours or to make an appointment.
What can it do for me?
Part of becoming an informed global citizen is understanding the religious beliefs and practices that are a significant component of cultural identy for many of the world's people. This process often involves learning more about your own belief system. Whether you are curious about other cultures, looking for a local worship community or finding out who on-campus is interested in exploring life's Big Questions, SSSR is the place for you. Read more about religious literacy and global citizenship.