Spiritual Life

Seeking Meaningful Connections

Guilford College is a welcoming campus where people of all faith and non-faith expressions are welcome. Students are encouraged to explore their spirituality on a personal level as well as from an academic point of view. Various religious groups have a presence on campus and we offer Religious Studies as a major and minor.

While Guilford was founded by the Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1837, we are a school without denominational requirements. Quakers emphasize the direct connection to God in their lives, believe in the spiritual equality of women and men and acknowledge the “light of God” in all people. Our Quaker roots are reflected in the campus culture. For instance, it’s customary to have moments of silence before gatherings, decision-making by consensus and opportunities for interfaith worship.

Students have a wide range of ways to pursue their spiritual interests.

Celebrating and Supporting Your Spiritual Interests

  • Buddhist Meditation
  • Catholic Campus Ministry
  • Chavurah (Jewish student group)
  • Guilford Christian Ministry
  • Gospel Choir
  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Pagan Mysticism
  • Quaker Leadership Scholar Program
  • St. Mary's House (Christian-faith based student group)

The Living Quaker Tradition

Guilford College is rooted in the practices of Quaker testimony. Learn more about our rich history and contemporary examples of how we strive to uphold our values.

Passing of the Light

First-year students are welcomed into the Guilford community during summer orientation through the passing of the light ceremony. Recognizing the light that resides in each of us, students share their light by lighting each other's candles.

Religious Studies

Guilford College offers academic programs that examine religion’s impact on local, national and global communities.

Contact Us

Wess Daniels

Wess Daniels

William R Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies

Jill Peterfeso

Jill Peterfeso

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Deborah Shaw

Deborah Shaw

Assistant Director of Friends Center/Director of QLSP