Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life

Strategic Plan

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life is to create, lead, coordinate and present a program of spiritual resource and religious life supporting the maturation of moral vision, character and servant-leadership among students, faculty and staff.

2012-13 DEPARTMENTAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Residential Community Chaplains program began an initiative with the appointment of a Residence Life and Student Housing liaison that enhanced development of the program with more integration into community life and better understanding of student community life.
  • Faith and Learning Scholars, established in spring of 2012, continued with participation of fourteen undergrad students and one graduate student.  This program brings together students and faculty for theological reflection and study and civic engagement.
  • Two students served as leaders of the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, serving throughout the year to plan the Spring Break trip, help integrate the classroom experience with the trip and facilitate a Civil Rights Pilgrimage Reunion.  These students successfully interacted with vendors, Student Senate and SMU Alumni in the course of their leadership experience.

DEPARTMENTAL CHALLENGES

  • Physical space continues to be a challenge for our 33 Campus Ministries to program (availability and affordability).  Campus Ministries reached over 873 students on a weekly basis.
  • Growth of University Worship continues to be challenging.
  • The extensive work of our office with faculty and staff begins to pose a challenge of our placement within the University.

DEPARTMENTAL GOALS

Student Success

  • Reorganized campus ministries to better serve the student-led religious life groups.  This new student group is called Religious Life Student Council.

Student Learning

  • Leadership Team of University Worship comprised of 20 students, met regularly to plan and facilitate University Worship to plan and facilitate University Worship including music, worship, prayer, fellowship and social activities.

Exemplary Division of Student Affairs

  • We continue to have conversations regarding the establishment of a Faith and Learning Center (formerly Inter-Faith Center) whereby programs of interest to the SMU Community would be offered.