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The Center for Spiritual Life
Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College

Doug McMahon, Jr.
Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Chaplain

Libby Shannon '05
Associate Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Chaplain

Father John Gerth
Catholic Campus Ministries

Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Campus Rabbi
Executive Director Suncoast Hillel
Office: 813-899-2788
Office Fax: 813-899-2919

Center for Spiritual Life

Center for Spiritual Life

Welcome to the Center

Burchenal Lecture Series

The Challenge of Moral Leadership among College Students
Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. | Fox Hall
Robert M. Franklin James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor of Moral Leadership at Emory University and Director of the Religion Department of the Chautauqua Institution

Making Peace with the Earth
Monday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. | Fox Hall
Vandana Shiva Author, activist and scientific advisor

The End of the Universe: the Domain of Science or Religion?
Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. | Fox Hall
David J. Bryant Professor of Religious Studies, Eckerd College and Stephen Weppner Professor of Physics, Eckerd College

Event details and complete series schedule

The mission of the Center for Spiritual Life is to challenge the mind, nurture the spirit and develop the talents of all those who utilize the services of the Center.

Goals of the Center for Spiritual Life Include:

  1. To bring together students, staff and faculty to foster a continuing and challenging campus conversation about spiritual issues.
  2. To provide a forum for public education and discussion focused on the role of religion and spiritual life in the contemporary world.
  3. To offer through the Campus Ministries program means of enriching the spiritual lives and understanding of our students.

The Center for Spiritual Life comprises three divisions: The Office of the Director, Campus Ministries, and the Colloquy Program.

  • The Office of the Director administers the Burchenal lecture series, public events for available to larger Tampa Bay community; introduces new initiatives that meet the changing spiritual needs of the entire Eckerd community; and seeks to connect the college with off-campus entities, including local religious organizations.
  • Campus Ministries program coordinates all on-campus religious life services and programming. A student-driven and student-responsive program, Campus Ministries seeks to develop and enhance the spiritual lives of students within the context of Eckerd College's vision of educating the whole person.
  • The Colloquy Program invites full-time faculty to engage on a regular basis other members of the community in discussion around contemporary issues of faith and religion.

The Center is advised by an active Spiritual Life Council with members representing the Eckerd College Board of Trustees, the Presbyterian Church, USA, and other Christian and non-Christian religious traditions.

Mission and Work

Eckerd College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church, USA and is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.

The mission and work of the Center are enriched and informed by the Reformed Tradition, while remaining ecumenical and inclusive in focus as the Center seeks to meet the spiritual needs of our diverse academic community.