“All who wander are not lost.” –J.R.R. Tolkien
At Hanover College, we strive to provide an environment of hospitality and inclusion for students, faculty and staff. Because of our historical roots and present day affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), it is our commission to recognize the inherent dignity and worth of each and every person. We seek to encourage critical thought, open dialog and compassionate listening, welcoming many faith traditions and expressions onto our campus.
Communities and Traditions
Spiritual growth is made possible in both the development of the individual and in the strengthening of faith communit(ies). We provide for students, faculty and staff opportunities for personal formation and connection to greater faith traditions.
Some of these opportunities include:
- Christian Worship: Holy days of the Christian calendar are celebrated throughout the academic year, both in Brown Memorial Chapel and around our larger campus. These include a Backpack Blessings in the CC, Blessing of the Animals on the Quad, Lessons and Carols for Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Easter Sunrise at the Point, and a Baccalaureate service in Center for Fine Arts prior to Graduation. Various faith-based student groups also host worship throughout the year.
- Interfaith Worship and Meditation: Celebrating our diversity on campus, there are also Interfaith services open to Hanover students, faculty and staff. The Brown Memorial Chapel is also home to an Interfaith Prayer Room, available every day for private prayer and meditation.
- Discussions and Events on Campus: The Chaplain's Office hosts speakers and discussions on faith and social justice topics, in addition to student events and activities to promote interfaith literacy, justice education, and moral/theological exploration. 2017-18 events have included an Interfaith Pub Quiz Night, a Holy Week bible study with area congregations, a Fair Trade Holiday Bazaar, a discussion and story night with the Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians, and dinners with faculty around expressions of faith and philosophical perspective.
- Service and Learning: The Chaplain's Office works closely with area non-profits to provide service opportunities for students throughout the academic year. These have included Southwestern Schools, Clearinghouse House of Hope, Healthy Communities Madison, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Jefferson Co. Animal Shelter, and the Salvation Army.
- Alternative Winter Break Trips: During Winter Break, students have an opportunity to provide service to a faith based institution, such as the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (Kinston, N.C.) or CROSS Missions (Charlotte, N.C.). Past trips have also included service to the Appalachian Service Project in Eastern Kentucky.
Hanover College is home to several faith-based clubs and organizations, ready to welcome you.
Hanover Collegiate Ministries: HCM is sponsored by the Indiana Baptist Convention, and provides a weekly opportunity for bible study throughout the academic calendar year.
Catholic Student Organization: CSO meets weekly for Mass (a shuttle is available to Prince of Peace Parish in nearby Madison), and also hosts events on campus such as the annual Fish Fry and Movie Night during Holy Week.
Campus Crusade for Christ: CRU meets weekly for contemporary worship in the Student Activity Center (WAC) in the evenings. Guest speakers include students, area ministers, and the Campus Chaplain. CRU also hosts fellowship and service events for campus throughout the year.
Delight: Delight is a nationally recognized women's devotional group, meeting weekly for fellowship and storytelling. Delight hosts events to the larger campus throughout the calendar year such as craft nights, movie nights, and camping on campus.
File House: A "theme house" on campus, File House is both a Christian- affiliated residential space and site for monthly fellowship gatherings (Flap Jack Fridays), bible studies, and faith discussions.
The Chaplain’s Office is a resource for students, whether it be a need for a chat, finding a faith community or getting involved in the spiritual life of the campus. The Chaplain’s Office is located in the Offices of Student Life, in the Withrow Student Activities Center.
Rev. Dr. Catherine Knott is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Catherine received her B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her M.Div. and Th.M. (Pastoral Theology) from Princeton Theological Seminary, and her Ph.D. (Theological Ethics) from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has served congregations in the U.K. and in the Chicago area, and has also served as a hospital chaplain in Evanston, IL. Rev. Knott lives on campus with her husband and three very friendly terriers.
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Hanover College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).