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Annette
Needmore, Pennsylvania
Sociology
Dance

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University Dancers, watching movies, exploring Richmond

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Spirituality on Campus

March 30, 2013

As Easter weekend is upon us, I thought I would share my collegiate path of finding my own spirituality practices at Richmond. Before coming here, I was really involved in my youth group at home and attended church weekly while I was at boarding school.  My spirituality has always been a priority in my life, and I hoped that when I came to college I could continue my journey as a Christian while in Richmond.  Fortunately, Richmond has many options students to find or continue their religious practices. 

Besides providing a beautiful chapel to worship in, UR has numerous clubs and groups dedicated to practicing and informing the community about different religions. Clubs like Intervarsity and Bible study groups are constantly meeting throughout the week, allowing students to have fellowship outside of traditional church services. Other religions besides Christianity have strong presences on campus as well.  Hillel, a Jewish group, invites the community each year to share in the Passover Seder dinner and has meetings throughout the week. Zen-Buddhist groups help support open Meditation hours held on Sunday evenings.  The Dining Hall on campus also makes special arrangements during times like Lent and Ramadan, so that students can participate in these holidays and also have traditional and nutritious food.

Photo credit: UR official Website

Personally, I did not explore much of the spirituality on campus until this year. Invited by a few members of my sorority and other non-Greek friends, I attended Commonwealth Chapel services this fall and have continued this spring. Held in the National Theater in downtown Richmond on Sunday mornings, the service is very contemporary and I really feel comfortable there.  Besides church, I have also begun to be involved with the newly formed Rho Iota Bible study for Greek-life students. Any and all members of the different Greek organizations on campus are invited and we sit and talk about how Greek life and Christianity can go hand in hand. With the social culture of Greek life, many people assume that religious activities can’t go hand in hand with sororities or frats, however, I have really found in the past year that Greek life really does support ideals and morals that I also want in my life as a Christian. 

I think the best thing about spirituality at Richmond is that there are so many opportunities to get involved with whatever you want to explore, but it is not overwhelming. The spiritual environment on campus is very open and accepting, allowing a large array of practices and beliefs to coexist peacefully. Just explore the Richmond clubs and organizations page and you can find a group for almost anything, and those are just the officially recognized clubs. Student groups are common here and could consist of just a few friends who want to share their own spirituality. 

http://activities.richmond.edu/organizations/  < A list of all the Student Organizations on Campus!

Though I am not able to go home this weekend to celebrate the holiday with my family, I am planning to have a very peaceful Sunday full of love and excitement for spring and I hope all of you do the same!

I’m currently a sophomore at the University of Richmond and interested in Dance and Sociology. I applied Early Decision to Richmond because it had such a great mix of everything I was looking for academically and holds a deep appreciation for the arts. When I’m at school you can usually find me dancing in Frederick Rehearsal Hall, enjoying my study time in Boatwright Memorial Library, or trying to entertain my roommate with my jokes and facial expressions. Cookies are my favorite food, though macaroni and cheese is a close second. I am a part of the University Dancers for a second year in a row - and I love it! Something interesting about me: a major goal of mine is to be on the ‘Jeopardy’ show.