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    Religious Life

  •  Big Questions Retreat 2018: Understanding the Intersection of Vocation, Identity, & Spirituality 

    February 2-3, 2018

    This retreat, free for all faculty and staff of Capital University, celebrates the pursuit of vocation in a liberal arts setting. We’ll include presentations, dialogue, application and development opportunities, as well as a chance to rest and rejuvenate after the Spring semester’s end. The event is designed to be inclusive of people from all faith traditions and those who do not identify with any religious or faith tradition. Click here for a fuller description, and to reserve a spot, email Pastor Drew.

    Pastor Drew Tucker
    Kerns Religious Life Center at Capital University
    1 College and Main
    Columbus, OH 43209 

    College is the time when you really start to define yourself and decide what shape you want your life to take. As a Lutheran university, Capital gives you many opportunities to explore your beliefs and live them out in service to others. 

    Every Capital student is a welcome member of our spiritual community. If you’re not sure what you believe, that's okay. There is a place for you here! Capital’s strong Lutheran tradition creates an environment of freedom and community for all of our students.  

    We Worship Together

    Capital’s worship services are open to everyone. We hold two services a week in Kerns Religious Life Center. 

    Capital Worship (Wednesday at 10:05 am)
    A worship opportunity for faculty, staff and students

    Candlelight Worship (Thursday at 9:09 pm)
    Contemporary prayer and praise

    There are also on-campus worship opportunities for Catholics. During each semester, Mass is held Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm in Kerns Religious Life Center. The Mass schedule is posted on the website of the Catholic Student Organization.

    Columbus is home to an astonishing array of churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship. If you’d prefer to connect with one of these faith communities, we can help you contact the ones nearest you.


    All are invited to pray and meditate in Room 101 of Kerns Religious Life Center. This quiet space is now accessible to all students, faculty and staff. Prayer rugs are available, and a shoe rack is provided. Nearby are restroom facilities.


    Sundays evenings at 5:00 p.m. Catholic Mass is held in Kerns Religious Life Center. The Catholic Student Association also holds study and fellowship events.

    Columbus is home to an astonishing array of churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship. If you’d prefer to connect with one of these faith communities, we can help you contact the ones nearest you.

    Connect with Student Organizations

    Capital celebrates our six interfaith student organizations knowing that the diversity of each, sharing gifts with one another builds common ground. Learn more how each offers fellowship and community service at Capital.

    Explore important faith-related issues with Embrace. We are the Christian student organization sponsored by Capital University, guided by Pastor Shelley, Capital’s Interim University Pastor. All are welcome to join in:

    • Spiritual and community building retreat 
    • Movie groups that meet to watch and discuss popular films from a spiritual perspective
    • Discussion groups on topics such as racism and sexuality
    • Lectures by special speakers who share their thoughts about faith, ethics and the Bible
    • Learn more by emailing:

    Help Us Serve Local and Global Neighbors in Need

    Take your faith on the road with:

    • Mission trips devoted to serving a variety of people in and beyond the Columbus area
    • Alternative spring break trips, which are extended service-learning experiences to places far from our local area (past destinations have included Dominican Republic, Mexico, and South Africa)
    • Ecumenical Advocacy Days and local advocacy opportunities
    • Special events, including Habitat for Humanity builds and serving kids at First Lutheran Church, our inner city partner in ministry

    Drew TuckerOur University Pastor Is Here for You

    Pastor Andrew "Drew" Tucker serves Capital’s students, faculty and staff as University Pastor.

    Kerns Religious Life Center
    phone: 614-236-7737