Spiritual Life

Rockefeller and Bond Chapels are home to a wide variety of spiritual events every week. Some events cross the boundaries of traditions, others are rooted in particular religious or spiritual practice. The University’s Spiritual Life office is located across the road in Ida Noyes Hall (034). Spiritual Life events take place in the program spaces in Ida Noyes, or at Rockefeller or Bond.

Daily practice

Each weekday morning begins with Twenty Minutes Still (at Bond Chapel), twenty minutes of meditation led by experienced practitioners trained in different settings.


Each month contains some major festival, from Christmas to Diwali to Mawlid. Rockefeller and Bond Chapels serve members of many different religious and spiritual communities, and festival events form a regular part of the calendar. Each spring, Spiritual Life offers its wonderful Spirit Week.

Weekly events

Week in and week out, throughout the academic year, we host three gatherings always open to all: Sundays at Rockefeller, liturgies expressing Christian spirituality rooted in music and literature and sacred text, with the beautiful voices of the Chapel choir; Zen meditation on Wednesday evening, hosted by Ancient Dragon Zen Gate in association with Rockefeller Chapel, and led by Taigen Dan Leighton and Nyozan Eric Shutt; and Friday Jumu’ah prayers, two gatherings for prayer and reflection hosted by members of the University’s Muslim community. Hindu and Buddhist students also meet on a daily basis for prayers and meditation, in the prayer rooms at Rockefeller and Ida Noyes and the new meditation room at Spiritual Life. Muslim students pray daily in the prayer room at Spiritual Life.

Throughout the academic year, there are opportunities to gather in settings both familiar and new, to engage in exercises designed to create understanding, to expand your own spiritual practice. Come and see!

Major events

Eduard Freudmann
White Elephant Archive
Monday April 23 | 7:30 pm | BOND

The White Elephant Archive, Setting No. 3 explores the legacy of the Holocaust from the perspective of the third generation living in Austria today. In this intensely personal, documentary / object theatre production Eduard Freudmann uses his family’s archive—which includes poems written by his grandfather while imprisoned in concentration camps—to explore his family’s silence about the Holocaust, and his own attempt to understand the burden of this legacy through art. The piece reflects on the politics of Holocaust commemoration in Austria, and larger questions about how to speak of a horror once its witnesses are gone or silent. Free.

Presented by the University of Chicago Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies, with support from the Austrian Cultural Forum NY.

A Meeting of Two Seas 2.0
Featuring special guests Riyaaz Qawwali
Saturday April 28 | 7:30 pm

Music, dance, and poetry from India and Pakistan—a concert celebrating the joint contributions of Hindus and Muslims to the artistic traditions of South Asia. To be followed by a catered dinner. Free and open to all.

Sponsored by the Hindu Student Sangam, Muslim Students Association, Spiritual Life, South Asian Students Association, Rockefeller Chapel, Department of Music, and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.