2021-2022 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. The University is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a denomination that values "true community, deep spirituality and a passion for justice". 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, concerts, events, ceremonies, weddings and other important occasions. In addition to TCU’s chaplains who serve the entire campus, students will also find a variety of campus ministers and religious life partners who offer support, connection and pastoral care out of their own tradition.

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. Also, 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 21 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 Life Staff Council and the Student Leadership Council.

Religious Organizations Within RSL

  • Baptist Student Ministry
  • Bridges International
  • TCU Catholic 
  • Disciples on Campus
  • TCU Wesley
  • Reformed University Fellowship
  • Better Together Interfaith Community
  • Brothers Under Christ (BYX)
  • Calling in Action
  • Chi Alpha (Assemblies of God)
  • Delight
  • TCU Exodus Retreat
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • TCU Hillel
  • International Christian Fellowship
  • Latter Day Saints Student Association
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Phi Lamba Sigma
  • Student Mobilization
  • Word of Truth Gospel Choir
  • Young Life

TCU Interfaith Initiative and Better Together

The Interfaith Initiative gathers students across faith traditions to celebrate their individual beliefs, learn about one another and work together to change the world through leadership, learning, service and dialogue. Students get connected through on-campus interfaith programming, exploring interfaith movements off campus through site visits, and gaining leadership experience through the Interfaith Fellows.

Purpose, Meaning & Belonging at TCU

The RSL Office at TCU encourages the campus community to better understand what we believe and why we believe it. We do this by helping students explore how their beliefs and values inform their sense of purpose, meaning and belonging. To accomplish that you'll find us facilitating discussions in classrooms, helping connect with organizations on campus, and hosting creative events around campus. This empowers our students, faculty & staff to celebrate our diverse beliefs that infuse the campus and encourages us to come together as one community around our shared values.

Office of Church Relations and Disciples on Campus

The Office of Church Relations, which is a part of 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 other denominational events. Disciples on Campus serves as the student outreach and campus ministry 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 chapel@tcu.edu or visit us in Jarvis Hall on the first floor.

Other Opportunities Include

Worship at Robert Carr Chapel Individual and Group Pastoral Care Spiritual Wellness Workshops and Programs Crossroads Lecture Series on Faith and Life Advent and Lenten Devotional and Book Groups & Multiple Spaces for Meditation and Reflection