Welcome to the Office for Religious Life

Our Mission

“To guide, nurture and enhance spiritual, religious and ethical life within the Stanford University community.”

We are collectively committed and devoted to ensuring lively, thoughtful and supportive contexts for Stanford students, faculty and staff who wish to pursue spiritual interests. We recognize that a spiritual/religious journey can be an important, balancing complement to the numerous challenges one faces in the pursuit of academic and career goals.

While each one of us participates in and leads worship and study in her/his own religious traditions, our primary objective as a staff is to collaborate as a multi-faith team and work with all constituents of this dynamic university.

Our aim is to promote enriching dialogue, meaningful ritual, and enduring friendships among people of all religious backgrounds.


News Features

Students weigh in on Windhover’s uses

November 2, 2014, The Stanford Daily, By Elizabeth Wallace

The sounds of water trickling down a stream, the smell of newly cut wood and the vast canvases of mellow colors full of allusions to the solar system, flight and time — this is what greets students, faculty and staff at Stanford’s new Windhover Contemplative Center, a building opened this year to promote wellness and introspection on the Stanford campus. Continue reading…

Compline brings choral music to MemChu

October 14, 2014, The Stanford Daily, By Michael Gioia

At 9 p.m. on Sunday evenings, the Stanford community gets an opportunity to reflect through Compline, 30 minutes of chanting and meditation at a candlelit Memorial Church. Run by the Office of Religious Life, Compline brings a different choir to the church each week. Oct. 12 marked the first service of the 2014-15 school year. Continue reading…

Windhover opens on Stanford Campus

October 8, 2014, Stanford Report, By Kathleen Sullivan

When visitors walk into Windhover, the first painting they’ll see is Big Red, a large abstract oil painting of a kestrel flying in a red sky, a work that artist Nathan Oliveira returned to again and again over the 25 years it stood in his studio. Continue reading…

 Dean Jane Shaw: A Q&A

October 7, 2014, Stanford Magazine, By Sam Scott

Jane Shaw, Stanford’s Dean for Religious Life, grew up in a setting that makes MemChu look like new construction. Her childhood home was on the grounds of England’s Great Hospital in Norwich, where the ill and aged have convalesced since 1249, and where her father served as Master of the institution. Continue reading…