Religious and Spiritual Life | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


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    Religious Life

  • Statement of Welcome 

    The Kerns Religious Life Center at Capital University celebrates the divine dignity and God-given value of all people, of all abilities, of all races, of all sexual and gender identities. We believe that God calls us to the same table with a common purpose: to increase abundant life for every member of the Capital Community.

    Capital offers 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. Whether you are fully devoted to a religious tradition not sure what you believe about spirituality, that's okay. There is a place for you here! Capital’s foundation within the Lutheran tradition creates an environment inclusive of people from all faith backgrounds that supports life-giving community for all of our students.

    Columbus is home to an astonishing array of churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship. We’re glad to help you connect with a local community that helps support your faith practices.

    Recently, Embrace Ministries, Capital’s university-sponsored campus ministry, developed a new mission statement, which reads: Embrace Ministries is a curious, inclusive community, centered in Christ, discerning God’s call, and sent by the Spirit’s Love.

    RIC LogoAt the same time, they also unanimously approved an Affirmation of Welcome Statement to become a Reconciling in Christ community. It says: Embrace Ministries celebrates that every individual person uniquely embodies the image of God. We affirm members of any sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, ability, and background. Inspired by the unconditional love of God in Jesus Christ, we hear the call of the Spirit to commit to providing a safe community, where each member is loved for each part of their identity.

    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 10:00 am)
    A worship opportunity for faculty, staff and students

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


    Interfaith Prayer Space – 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 24 hours a day. Prayer rugs are available, and a shoe rack is provided. Restroom facilities are nearby for ritual washing.

    Weekly Meditation – Each semester we offer a weekly interfaith meditation opportunity inside Stegemoeller Lounge, otherwise known as The Couch Room, in Kerns Religious Life Center. The day and time will be announced at the beginning of each semester and a weekly reminder will be in Stall Talks.

    Capital Interfaith Council – Appointed by the University Pastor, this organization offers an opportunity for representation by every spiritual tradition on campus, even those without an official student organization. We have two goals: to raise awareness about the spiritual diversity that exists in the Capital community, and to sponsor programs that support friendships between people of different religious traditions. If you’re interested in the work of the Capital Interfaith Council or want to be sure your tradition is represented, contact Pastor Drew:

    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. Embrace is the ecumenical Christian student organization sponsored by Capital University, and guided by Pastor Drew, Capital’s University Pastor. All are welcome to join in:
    • Retreats to build community and deepen spirituality
    • Discipleship Groups that offer support for your faith formation. Groups gather around shared interests, including majors, hobbies, and denominational backgrounds.
    • Special Events that address the intersection of spirituality with other aspects of life like race, gender, politics, and art.
    • Guest Speakers who share their thoughts about faith, ethics, and scripture.
    • Learn more by emailing Embrace:

    Help Us Serve Local and Global Neighbors in Need

    Take your faith on the road with:

    • Community partnerships with local partners including First English Lutheran Church, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and Habitat for Humanity.
    • Alternative Spring Break Trips, where we engage communities to learn and serve alongside locals in other parts of the country and world.
    • Ecumenical Advocacy Days and local advocacy opportunities with One Ohio Now.

    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