Religious and Spiritual Programs
The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development is committed to creating institutional programs that are driven by the values, beliefs, vision, mission, and goals of the center. You can request a number of programs to be facilitated by CSED staff.
- "Being, Believing, Belonging" Discussion Group
Request a facilitated discussion group. These can range in topics, but will definitely include a focus on how religious or spiritual identity intersects with other parts of oneself.
- Interfaith Education: Interpersonal Understanding
We live in a world with an incredible diversity of beliefs and belief communities. This diversity is often not discussed or engaged with when we talk about inclusion. There are a lot of needs and considerations that come with working with such a large diversity of beliefs and belief communities. It is very helpful to understand the fundamentals of religious, spiritual, and secular inclusion to better serve the people you work with and provide services for. This program helps prepare participants to engage with that diversity in an inclusive and positive way. This is the first workshop in a series of Interfaith Education sessions. Goals are to: Explain definitions and importance of religious, spiritual, and secular identities. Understand needs of various religious, spiritual, and secular identities and discover available resources. Apply knowledge using real-life examples. Request your workshop!
- Interfaith Education: Societal Understanding
This is the second program in the Interfaith Education workshop series. It builds on the previous workshop focused on Interpersonal Understanding. Goals are to: Explore the dynamics of privilege and oppression on religious and secular identities. Provide understanding of how people experience societal effects on their religious identity. Create an action plan around increasing religious, spiritual, and secular inclusion. Request your workshop!
- Labyrinth Walk
The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development has a portable labyrinth that can be setup in any large, flat space. The goal is to provide participants with exposure to and a chance to experience a non-denominational meditative practice that provides spiritual and/or physical benefits. There is no set ritual for walking a labyrinth, but here is some basic advice. Enter the labyrinth slowly, calming and clearing your mind. This may be done by repeating a word, prayer, or chant. Open your senses and focus on the process of taking slow and deliberate steps. Bring to mind a question or idea to contemplate during the walk to the center. Reaching the center, pause to reflect, pray, or listen for an answer or for deeper revelation. Now begin the return journey. Pray or reflect further. Upon exiting, absorb the experience with continued reflection, prayer, or journaling. Request a labyrinth walk.
- Healing Gathering for Victims of Violence
- Tunnel of Oppression
- First Sunday
- First-Year Seminar Tours
- Interfaith Panels
Community-building programs and activities
- Yoga, Tai Chi, and other Spiritual Wellness Programs
- Interfaith Activities & Ethical/Social Justice Programming
- Religious & Spiritual Advisor Meetings
- Center Program Cosponsorships -- To support the efforts of other members of the Penn State community, the center strives to cosponsor programs and events hosted by various student organizations and departments that promote our mission.
Environmental enhancement/safe space
The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development aims to provide a safe space where students, faculty, and staff can worship, pray, meditate, and explore their religious/spiritual paths as well as participate in cultural and diverse programming and activities. This welcoming, inclusive facility hosts a variety of belief systems.
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