Spiritual & Religious Life (SRL)

The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (SRL) at Mills supports and nurture students' individual spiritual and religious journeys, inspires multi-religious literacy, and grows interfaith awareness in order to help students prepare to meet the challenges and opportunities of a religiously plural world. The office serves all members of the Mills campus community, regardless of particular religious or spiritual affiliation. SRL is committed to a  diverse, inclusive and welcoming campus.  We approach “spirituality” as “meaning-making”, affirming the many ways people explore meaning in life.

The office supports Mills students, staff, and faculty members in reflecting on meaning and in recognizing and strengthening their own personal spiritual resources to sustain their lives and communities and  create a more just world.

SRL offers regular programming and hosts seasonal Mills traditions including candle lighting in fall, the Festival of Light and Dark in winter, and Baccalaureate in spring.  Throughout the year, SRL supports student-led groups, convenes discussion spaces, and provides resources such as an interfaith calendar and directories of off-campus religious and spiritual communities and organizations. The multi-faith chaplain is available to meet with individuals and groups, offers individual pastoral and spiritual care to members of the Mills community, and performs ritual functions at the college.

The Spiritual and Religious Life office is located at the Mills College Chapel, a serene and beautiful gathering space set amidst eucalyptus groves. The chapel is open to all in the Mills community, regardless of spiritual or religious perspective. The main chapel and chapel lounge are open seven days a week, from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm. A labyrinth pattern, inlaid in the outdoor courtyard between the chapel and the music building, is available for walking at all times. All are welcome to drop by for a quiet and peaceful place to rest, study, reflect, pray, meditate or meet with the chaplain, who keeps office hours each week.

SRL is overseen by the Director of Spiritual and Religious Life and Multi-Faith Chaplain, Rev. Dara Olandt. For more information, please check our Facebook, email chaplain@mills.edu, or call 510.430.3123.