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Hospitality • Discovery • Generosity

The Center for Spiritual and Religious Life (formerly the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life) nurtures a community of communities where students, faculty, and staff are invited to experience hospitality, to engage in discovery, and to practice generosity.  Whether you are enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation with a chaplain in our Fireside Lounge, or participating in one of the Vanderbilt Interfaith Council’s Dialogue Dinners, or joining community members by rolling up your sleeves for some hands-on service on MLK Day, at CSRL you will find a place to belong and feel connected to community.

We are committed to asking, engaging, and seeking to answer the big, meaningful questions in life—questions of IDENTITY, PLACE, and PURPOSE:

  • Identity: Who am I?
  • Place: Where do I belong?
  • Purpose: What am I supposed to do?

Through thoughtful interfaith engagement and non-sectarian reflection; vibrant campus communities that encompass diverse religious, spiritual, and secular perspectives; careful discernment and compassionate, ethical action in the world as individuals and a community; and emotional and spiritual support offered through pastoral care and community gathering, CSRL builds a community that embodies hospitality, discovery, and generosity.


We are located on the main campus of Vanderbilt University, just behind Branscomb Quad and Featheringill Hall, at 401 24th Ave S.  Office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.  The house is behind those rare American holly trees (part of the reason our campus is a National Arboretum).  Come in for a warm welcome and conversation!

There are additional spaces dedicated to quiet reflection and prayer located throughout the Vanderbilt campus.


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Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Pastoral Care