Spiritual Life

“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:

  • Ecumenical Christian Worship: Holy days in the Christian faith are celebrated on campus. (i.e. Advent Lessons and Carols, Ash Wednesday or Easter sunrise services)
  • Roman Catholic Mass: We partner with the Prince of Peace Parish in Madison, IN to provide Mass for the Hanover community on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. in Brown Chapel.
  • Ecumenical Christian Prayer: Weekly prayer time in Brown Chapel for contemplation and reflection.
  • Interfaith Worship: Throughout the year, worship and prayer is practiced in an interfaith setting to acknowledge our response(s) to major world events and celebrations.
  • Interfaith Prayer/Meditation Room: The former Chaplain’s Office, located in Brown Chapel, is a resource to whole of the Hanover community to provide a space for meditation, yoga, personal devotions, bible study, etc. It is open throughout the day and also provides a small library of religious, spiritual and theological topics.
  • Speaker series/seminars: The Chaplain’s Office, in collaboration with other groups on campus, provides seminars, talks and speakers on a variety of moral, ethical and spiritual issues. Examples for the 2015-2016 academic year include partnerships with the Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Hanover faculty, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (United Methodist), Diyar Consortium (Bethlehem, Palestine) and the Presbytery of Ohio Valley.
  • Service Learning: Community building and service learning opportunities are made available throughout the academic year.
  • Retreats: Retreats on spiritual formation tools (Myers Briggs and Spirituality, the Enneagram, etc.) are held for students, faculty and staff during the academic year. The Chaplain’s Office also collaborates with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Counseling Services to provide monthly “Wellness Wednesdays” to students.

Student Groups

Hanover College is home to several faith-based clubs and organizations, ready to welcome you.

BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ)/Baptist Collegiate Ministries
Sponsored by the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. Meets weekly for bible studies, devotions, fellowship and service projects.

CRU (Campus Crusade For Christ)
Part of a larger national organization, CRU meets weekly for worship/devotional time, also participating in service project(s).

Delight
A national, non-denominational Christian group for college women, Delight meets weekly for devotions, bible studies and service projects.

Interfaith Students Association
A Hanover College organization, ISA meets regularly for dialog, fellowship and service activities. ISA also hosts celebration(s) of high holy days from many faith traditions represented on campus.

Catholic Student Organization
A student-led group, meeting regularly for worship, study, fellowship and service projects.

Chaplain’s Office

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. Catherine Knott is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Catherine received her B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her M.Div. and Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has served in congregations in the U.K. and in the Chicago area, and has also served as a hospital chaplain. She is currently working on a doctoral dissertation in Pastoral Theology on the topic of vocation through Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Affiliation

Hanover College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).