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Religious Life



The Chaplain's Team at their annual Christmas party, December 2013.


  • Assist the chaplain in implementing religious programming.
  • Encourage and support students’ personal faith development.
  • Produce community-enhancing programs.
  • Identify and develop interfaith educational opportunities.
  • Present opportunities to integrate personal faith with acts of justice and service.
  • Model spiritual disciplines as a means of supporting the greater community.

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The chaplain’s team is made up of student volunteers chosen by the chaplain to assist in planning and leading religious programming throughout the academic year. Chaplain Team members are given the opportunity to pursue roles in Christian leadership. Students interested in joining the Chaplain’s Team should contact the chaplain.


The hosts for the 2014-2015 school year of the Emmaus House are from left to right, Lexy Chapman, Emily Kreifels, and Delaney Aydel.

The Emmaus House (the E-house for short) is the activity center for the chaplaincy and its campus ministry outreach. The cottage, located at the corner of Linfield Avenue and Melrose Avenue, is used for a variety of small group meetings. It also provides a reading and religious library. In addition, it houses a special room in the basement called the “Sacred Space” and is a prayer and meditation room available for all faith traditions. Popular activities include game nights and evening gatherings for fellowship and cookie dough. To reserve the “Sacred Space” or the house for small group meetings please contact the resident hosts through the Chaplain at 503-883-2259.


Catholic Student Association

Weekly fellowship of the campus catholic students held at the Emmaus House. The fellowship focuses on prayer, bible study, singing, and serving. We also observe the liturgies of the Roman Catholic tradition. Mike Douglass from St. James Catholic Church serves as our group advisor. We also do carpools to Mass, retreats, mystery nights, and field trips!

We meet on Tuesday nights at the Emmaus House from 9-10 p.m.

Contact: Becky Hopper or Alyssa Kaplan
or Mike Douglas - 503-472-5232 ext. 233

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

The vision of Linfield's FCA is to create a community of courageous Christians on campus, who are supported by their teammates (fellow Christians) and growing in a knowledge of God. Our goal as a club is to offer anyone (you do not have to be an athlete to join) an opportunity to have fun, meet new people, and grow in their relationship with Christ through teaching, discussion, worship and fellowship. Our weekly meetings vary in content, including speakers from the Linfield and/or Mcminnville community, student led worship and discussions, and activity nights where we might play dodge ball or write a letter to Kuni, the Compassion child we sponsor as a group.

FCA meets every Monday night @ 8:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room (2nd fl of Pioneer Hall).

Contact: Lexy Chapman

Salt - N - Light

Salt - N - Light is a nondenominational Christian community dedicated to furthering our relationships with God and one another. Our weekly meetings typically are discussion-based, equipping and encouraging Christians to live out their faith in their dorms, on campus, and in our community. At these weekly meetings, students can look forward to a fantastic time filled with fellowship, learning, and praying. We encourage all with an interest in asking questions and being open and honest in a faith community to come and join us!

Salt - N - Light meets every Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. in the Emmaus House.

Contact: Lydia Driver


Special Services
Throughout the academic year the Chaplain’s Office offers special worship services. The following is a list of a typical year’s services: Orientation Weekend Worship, Christmas Candlelight Service, Ash Wednesday Service, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunrise Service. In addition there is a Baccalaureate Service during Commencement weekend. Other thematic services may be offered based upon community and world needs.

Worship Service

Monthly Candlelight Prayer Services

These candlelight prayer services are offered in a variety of liturgical styles including Taizé, Holden Evening Prayer, Celtic and Jazz, This service is offered on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, generally at 8:00pm. Learn more about the Taizé Worship Service.

Area Churches

We strongly encourage students to find a local worshiping community of faith to involve themselves in for fellowship and nurturing. It provides diversity of experience, time away from campus, and often a feeling of finding a second family. View local Church directory.


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Habitat booth project on the Linfield campus


"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-14)

The Chaplain's Team is committed to furthering social justice at Linfield College and in the local and global community through service projects, special events, and increasing awareness of the following issues: poverty, homelessness, human trafficking, and human rights.

Coming events on campus where you can promote social justice:
Volunteer with the Chaplain's Team at the Food Bank. Contact Jessica Wade for more information.
Hunger Banquet - Date TBA
Crop Walk, May 2011
Visit the Chaplain's Team Facebook Group for more information


Bible Studies

The Chaplain’s Office offers or sponsors regular bible study opportunities. Please contact the chaplain’s office or the Emmaus House if you are interested in joining or starting a bible study. Also, watch for announcement of such groups at the Emmaus House or this web site.

Spiritual Retreat


Chaplain’s Spring “Pilgrimage” Retreat

Our annual Spring “Pilgrimage” Retreat is a more contemplative occasion. If you are feeling overwhelmed, the academic pressures are mounting, and you are drained both physically and spiritually then this is the retreat for you. We use the Christian tradition of “pilgrimage” as an organizing principle for this time away from campus. A Christian pilgrim is someone who steps out of the routine and hassles of daily life onto an intentional path that expects to encounter God’s Spirit. It is time to listen to God and quiet all the outside influences and voices. We will use prayer and significant “pilgrim time” (time for you to be alone or in small groups with Christ and His Spirit) in order to refresh our spiritual walk with Christ and recharge ourselves for the rest of the semester.

The retreat is generally during the month of April at Camp Westwind on the Oregon Coast. It includes worship, fellowship, alone time, fun, and some wonderful hiking and beach options.

Watch for announcements because space is limited.


Spiritual Discovery Trips

In an effort to foster and promote understanding and respect among religious traditions the Chaplain’s Office sponsors 2-3 trips a semester to various religious centers or houses of worship. Examples are a Trappist abbey, a synagogue, an African American worship service, a Buddhist center. Our belief is that each encounter leads to spiritual discoveries about not only the tradition we are visiting but also about our own traditions. For more information contact the Chaplain’s Office at X2259.


(often co-sponsored with campus fellowship groups like FCA, ASLC, SNL, or with campus clubs and departments)


Unity Retreat

Tibetan Monks

Collins Lecture

Frazee Lecture

Special Worship Services

Interfaith Dialogue Panels

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