Religious Life

Centre's Religious Life Office is designed to celebrate our religious diversity.

The Religious Life Office is here to encourage you to strengthen your own faith tradition, ask the tough questions in a safe environment, explore the traditions of others, and serve in ways that make the world a better place.

Centre students are Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Methodist, Muslim, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Christian Church/Disciples as well as a dozen additional Christian denominations.

The Religious Life office can provide extensive information on internships, volunteer positions, mission opportunities, and career options in the areas of social service, mission, or peace and justice work.

Religious Life Information

Connect students with the work of local congregations
Local congregations sponsor Sunday School classes and other college programs, and occasionally they host lunches and dinners for students. We serve as a resource for connecting students to a congregational home while they are here at Centre.

Develop the moral and ethical conscience of students as socially responsible citizens
• CentrePeace, a group that works to educate the community on issues related to peace, human rights, social justice, immigration, war and peace, and capital punishment.
• “Religion, Human Rights, and Latin America” is a series that brings speakers annually from Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Nicaragua, or Honduras to share with us the realities of their situations.
• Poverty and Homelessness Week is an annual emphasis that includes workdays in Louisville shelters, education programs, a fast for hunger, and other ways to work on hunger relief.

Promote vital religious life and greater religious understanding on campus
Services are held for Advent and Lent and Special events such as a Passover Seder and an Eid al Fitr commemorating the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan; and an annual interfaith dialogue series featuring speakers from Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Jewish, Hindu, and Muslim traditions. CentreFaith is a student-led campus interfaith dialogue organization that sponsors discussions, films, and events from various religious traditions throughout the year. In addition, six student-led religious groups foster fellowship and special events. See Religious Fellowship below for a list of religious groups on campus.

Spiritual advising and vocational exploration
• Internships
• Seminary and Divinity school explorations

The Centre community offers a variety of groups that provide opportunities for prayer, study, discussion, inspiration and fellowship.

Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM)
Contact: Kelly Anne Webb
Steve Newton

Campus Life Ministry (CLM)
Contact: John Duff
Trey Fairbairn
Bruce Jones, advisor

Centre Christian Fellowship (CCF)
Contact: Dr. Steve Asmus

CentreFaith
Contact: Kate Himick
Dr. Rick Axtell, advisor
Event: CentreFaith’s annual Interfaith Dialogue convocation brings together leaders from the Centre community who represent diverse religious traditions to speak about their religious practice. This year’s panel included Dr. Aaron Godlaski (the Catholic contemplative tradition), Dr. Marie Petkus (Bahai), and Rabbi Chloe Zelkha (JSO Rabbinical Advisor). Interfaith dialogue, or interbelief dialogue, is essential to community building and demonstrates the need for open and compassionate discussion across religious traditions, spiritual beliefs, and humanistic values. The convocation includes a portion of dialogue guided by a moderator, as well as a Q&A session made up of pre-submitted questions from the campus body. This discourse provides the Centre community with a safe and respectful opportunity to encounter the experiences and beliefs of religious individuals in their daily life and field of work. (October 27, 2020, 7 p.m.)

CentrePeace
Kate Leahey
Dr. Rick Axtell, advisor

Jewish Student Organization (JSO)
Contact: Ava Pinales
Jake Burns
Dr. Shana Sippy, advisor

Muslim Student Association
Contact: Ryan Farhab
Sarah Ali
Muhammad Mujtaba
Dr. Matthew Pierce, advisor

Meditation Centre
Contact: Dr. Aaron Godlaski

Newman Club
Contact: Ben Harnden
Dr. Christina Garcia, advisor

South Asian Student Organization
Contact: Yash Kshirsagar
Roop Patel

Please view the links below for information about some of the religious events, practices, and beliefs honored at Centre.

Religious Holidays

Religious Holiday Calendar

Locations and contact information for local congregations

Danville Area Congregations