2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL) offers resources, programs and staff dedicated to supporting faith communities, religious expression and spiritual exploration throughout TCU. The University is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a denomination that values dialogue, freedom of thought and a concern for all people. To that end, RSL is committed to respecting the dignity and beliefs of every individual, celebrating diversity and welcoming all of God's people. RSL supports a vibrant religious life and serves students' spiritual needs while creating opportunities for reflection and learning.

Located on the first floor of Jarvis Hall, RSL is home to staff offices, a multi-faith prayer room and the RSL Library and Resource Center. Also, as a long-standing part of TCU, Robert Carr Chapel is open daily for prayer and personal reflection, and is available by reservation for worship, weddings and other sacred occasions. In addition to TCU’s RSL staff, students will also find a variety of campus ministers and religious life partners who offer support, connection and pastoral care.

Pastoral and Spiritual Care

The chaplaincy team provides for the spiritual needs of students, faculty and staff through compassionate spiritual care that respects the beliefs of each person. We meet individuals where they are, providing a welcoming and safe space to discuss any number of life’s transitions, to offer a listening and empathetic ear, and to assist in working through challenges. Chaplains also assist with spiritual care in times of trauma, crisis grief and loss, working with individuals and groups around the spiritual questions that arise during these critical times. All chaplains officiate at official university functions and at key times in our individual and communal lives.

Student Religious Organizations

RSL provides advising and other resources for 24 religious organizations on campus. The organizations provide opportunities for worship, study, service and learning in a variety of ways and open to all students. Campus ministers, advisers and student leaders grow and share experiences through the Religious Staff Council and the Council of Presidents.

Religious Organizations Within RSL:

  • Baptist Student Ministry
  • Catholic Community
  • Disciples on Campus
  • TCU Wesley
  • Reformed University Fellowship
  • Better Together Interfaith Community
  • Brothers Under Christ (BYX)
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Calling in Action
  • Chi Alpha (Assemblies of God)
  • Delight
  • E-Life
  • Eta Iota Sigma (HIS)
  • TCU Exodus Retreat
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Hillel Jewish Student Foundation
  • International Christian Fellowship
  • Ignite
  • Latter Day Saints Student Association
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Student Mobilization
  • UKirk Presbyterian Community
  • Word of Truth Gospel Choir
  • Young Life

Interfaith Initiative and Better Together

The Interfaith Initiative gathers students across faith traditions who celebrate their individual beliefs, learn about one another and work together to change the world through leadership, learning, service and dialogue. Students get connected on campus through the TCU chapter of the National Better Together Program, explore interfaith movements off campus through the Spring Break Service and Study Trip, and gain leadership experience through the Interfaith Fellows and Internship Programs.

This I Believe at TCU

Inspired by the national program, TIB@TCU encourages the campus community to explore, name and share its beliefs. It asks, "What do you believe?" in classrooms, organizations and at events encouraging individuals to submit short essays that together tell the stories of TCU. This celebrates the diverse beliefs that infuse the campus and encourages storytelling as a way to come together around shared values.

Faith Acts

Faith Acts provides opportunities that empower students to put their beliefs into action through service and social justice. The Faith Acts Student Network offers regular opportunities for direct service, reflection, advocacy and education that give students the chance to practice how their faith calls them to make a difference in the world.  Once a year, The Footsteps Lecture brings well-known national leaders to campus who are actively living their faith by serving others. Finally, the Faith Acts Fellowship engages a small cohort of students interested in faith and service in internships and leadership development that engage them in the community.

Office of Church Relations and Disciples on Campus

The Office of Church Relations, which is connected to RSL, supports the University’s relationship with its partner denomination -the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This is done partly through campus programs such as Ministers Week, CYF Day and the Annual Clark Lecture. Disciples on Campus serves as the student outreach for Disciples undergraduates and others, inviting them to continue their spiritual journey through worship, studies, and life-giving social opportunities.

Robert Carr Chapel

Since 1953, Robert Carr Chapel has been a space for the student and campus community, whether for worship, concerts, honor inductions, prayer groups or other activities. Recently renovated, the chapel is also open for prayer and reflection daily when not in use for events. To reserve the chapel for a group or special event contact robertcarrchapel@tcu.edu, or visit us in Jarvis Hall on the first floor.

Other opportunities

  • Worship at Robert Carr Chapel
  • Individual and Group Pastoral Care
  • Feed Your Spirit Retreats and Studies
  • Spiritual Wellness Workshops and Programs
  • Crossroads Lecture Series on Faith and Life
  • Hunger Week and the Heal Hunger Campaign
  • Advent and Lenten Devotional and Book Groups
  • Multiple Spaces for Worship and Reflection