Religious & Spiritual Life
UIndy offers many ways for you to grow in your faith and have fellowship with other believers. Students of all faith traditions can get involved in our on-campus worship services, ministries and academic programs in an uplifting community. Most events and services are sponsored through our Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs.
Worship experiences in McCleary Chapel include our Thursday Night Alive services, which alternate between Contemporary Praise and Worship and a more contemplative Taizé Prayer, along with chapel prayer, University community communion and Welcome Weekend Worship. Our Chapel Steward of Worship and student volunteers lead services. The chapel also is home to several interfaith services throughout the year. Our Meditation Room adjacent to the chapel is also available during regular hours for individuals and small groups of all faiths desiring a quiet space for silent reflection, prayer and meditation.
Chapel Steward Student Leadership Program
The Chapel Steward Student Leadership Program is designed to help students develop holistically as disciples in the faith. University co-chaplains will mentor you in the areas of worship, devotion, praise, compassion and justice ministries on campus, and you will have the opportunity to be involved in organizing programs and spiritual life activities.
Religion, Youth Ministry Training and Pre-Theology programs at UIndy allow you to meaningfully integrate your faith with learning in the classroom. All programs are an exceptional foundation for seminary or graduate school.
The Religion major at UIndy focuses upon the Judeo-Christian tradition, with opportunities to study other faith traditions and to explore interdisciplinary studies of religion. With only 27 hours needed to complete a religion major, many students double major in religion and a broad range of other fields, from English Literature to Psychology.
Youth Ministry Training Program
The Youth Ministry Training Program (YMTP) gives students biblically and theoretically sound practices to counsel youth in various settings, including the local church. The curriculum combines three areas of study—Theological Foundations, Christian Vocations and Youth Ministry. This will give you a liberal arts background while learning how to incorporate faith to help adolescents face today's challenges.
As a Pre-Theology major, you’ll take a variety of courses in Biblical studies, church history, theology and Greek, as well as several liberal arts courses. This major prepares students for seminary in a variety of Christian denominations.
The Lantz Center for Christian Vocations
UIndy’s Christian Vocation courses are held within the Lantz Center for Christian Vocations. Keeping with our United Methodist tradition, the Lantz Center combines Christian vocational learning and service opportunities with intellectual and spiritual formation, building spiritual disciplines that you can practice in everyday life.
UIndy has several religion and fellowship student organizations for students of various faith backgrounds.