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    Our Mission

    Recognizing and affirming the diversity of religious, ethical, spiritual and cultural experience at Willamette University, the Office of the Chaplains seeks to deepen spiritual and ethical dialogue and growth on campus.

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    We're here to Help!

    The Chaplains are a confidential resource that requires no religious affiliation. We are charged to work with persons of all religious persuasions -- and of none. Proselytizing is not part of the program; progress along one's own path is. (503) 370-6213

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    Hospitality Space

    Come by the Office of the Chaplains to study, work, or hang out! Everything from a Happy Lamp, to snacks, to our Reflection Room, are open and available throughout the day for student's use. 

Office of the Chaplains

Willamette University was founded by Jason Lee and the same Methodist missionaries who opened the Oregon territory to U.S. settlement in the late 1830'sTrue to its roots, Willamette recognizes the significance of spirituality and religion in personal and community life.

The Office of the Chaplains offers a wide variety of opportunities which foster spiritual growth and understanding as well as religious commitment and action.

The chaplains are charged to work with persons of all religious persuasions -- and of none. Proselytizing is not part of the program; progress along one's own path is.


A wide variety of opportunities and resources

  • University Convocation brings speakers, musicians or other performers -- often with a spiritual or ethical message to Cone Chapel every Thursday when Liberal Arts classes are in session, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check out the history of Convocation in this article!
  • Pastoral counseling dealing with spiritual, vocational or personal issues is available to all members of the university community.
  • Programming throughout the year designed to enhance engagement around theological, ethical and spiritual issues.
  • Big Questions Over Lunch; Salem Peace Lecture; Symposia; lectures; workshops and occasional inter-denominational worship on special occasions; Baccalaureate; mindfulness meditation.
  • The Office of the Chaplains' Library with its collection of biblical and theological reference materials, devotional literature, vocational resources and current religious magazines is open during regular business hours for browsing. Some materials may also be loaned to members of the campus community.
  • Grief and counseling resources online, over the phone, and in person.
  • Prayer Spaces
    • Cone Chapel
    • Room 217, UC
    • Room 105, Atkinson (West of Campus Safety)
    • Botanical Garden
    • Rose Garden
    • Star Trees
    • Art Building Garden

Lear Internships

The Office of the Chaplains announces funding for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors engaged in summer internships in religious or faith-related organizations. Internships are to be proposed by students in concert with their chosen organizations and will be supported in the amount of $4500, which includes travel, living expenses, and a stipend. Two internships are available for summer 2019.

How to apply:

Application is by student proposal, which should include:

  • A statement of purpose for the internship, including learning goals, evidence of preparation and a timeline for the internship.
  • A letter of support from the internship site, detailing:
    • Information about the agency or organization, including mission, governance and staffing structure.
    • A position description for the internship, including main duties
    • Identification of and information about the on-site supervisor
    • A statement of willingness to provide supervision and support for an intern.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one academic, the other work or volunteer-related.
  • A degree audit.

An internship should provide meaningful work for the intern, an on-site supervisor, and an opportunity for theological reflection. 

Internship applications are due electronically to the Office of the Chaplains on March 13, 2020. Please send to: kwood@willamette.edu.  A selection committee will determine the awards by April 3.

For more information or inquiries, please contact Karen Wood, University Chaplain at kwood@willamette.edu