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Chapel Program

Exploring spirituality, asking crucial life questions, and connecting with others to search for meaning.

The chapel program encourages students to intertwine their spiritual growth with their academic, intellectual, and emotional growth:
  • Creates spaces for students to more deeply explore their own faith traditions as well as to learn from the faith traditions of others.

  • Calls students to stop and ask questions of meaning and value, to step back and look more fully at their lives.

  • Helps students take time out from the busy-ness of their lives to tell stories and get to know each other, building communities of small groups supporting each other.

  • Provides pastoral support and insight. All members of the College community are welcome to arrange an individual conversation about any spiritual or moral concern with the Chaplain.

  • Offers retreat opportunities at key times in college life (decision-making skills for students declaring majors, re-entry retreat for students back from study abroad, mid-term afternoon in the woods, etc.)

  • Offers leadership opportunities for students. Student Chaplains and Chapel Interns help plan and work on various chapel events.

  • Offers opportunities for social activism.

  • Maintains collegial relations with several churches and other religious communities in Kalamazoo.

Contact Us

College Chaplain
   Elizabeth Hakken Candido
   Elizabeth.Candido[at]kzoo.edu
   269.337.7362

Wedding Reservations
   Carol Kennedy
   carolk[at]kzoo.edu
   269.337.7047

Weekly Community Reflection

Friday Community Reflection offers a unique forum for reflection, worship, performance and community expression.
Each Friday at 11:00 AM during the quarter.
Refreshments at 10:30.
stetson chapel interior

More Information

Visit the chaplain's page for student organizations, faith groups, current activity and program listings.



Community Reflection News


Kalamazoo College Senior Faiza Fayyaz Is a YWCA Young Woman of Achievement

Faiza Fayyaz ''13 with one of her students at KRESA Young Adult Program at West Campus school in Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo College senior Faiza Fayyaz has received a 2013 YWCA Young Women of Achievement Award and will be honored at the 29th annual YWCA Women of Achievement Award Celebration, on Tuesday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza Hotel … Continue reading

Why We Play

"Why We Play" 2013 speakers, left-to-right (top), Erran Briggs ’14, Allison Liddane ’13, Alex Gothard ’15, Johanna Kupe ’13, Allison Thomas ’13, Brad Merrit ’13, (bottom) Jeanne Hess, Rebecca Gray ’81. “Why We Play” was the topic of the Winter Quarter Week Six (Feb. 15) Community Reflection in Stetson Chapel. Co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo College Department of Athletics, the annual Reflection offers a space for K student and alumni athletes to … Continue reading

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Willina Cain ’15 sings "Wake Up Everybody" while Corrine Taborn ’13 accompanies. “What’s Love got to do with it? Anti-Racist Activism in the Creation of Beloved Communities” was the topic of the Winter Quarter Week Four (Feb. 1) Community Reflection in Stetson Chapel, co-sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership … Continue reading

Weathering Winter

Being glad, not SAD, are (top row, l-r) Morgan Walker ’15, Grace Manger ’15, (bottom row) Dr. Pat Ponto, Allison Kennedy ’15, Katie Ring ’15, and Kira Sandiford ’15. “Cold Weather Catharsis” was the topic of Winter Quarter 2013 Week Three (Jan. 25) Community Reflection in Stetson Chapel. Co-sponsored by the Adventure Living Learning House , several speakers shared ideas on how to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), spice … Continue reading

Perspectives on a Dream

Top row (l-r), Babli Sinha, Elizabeth Candido ’00; middle row, Marjorie Toshach ’13, Craig Isser ’13; bottom row, Gabrielle Clay ’13, Natalie Cherne ’15. “A Dream Deferred, A Dream Made Reality? Marking the 50th Anniversary of the ‘I Have a Dream Speech’” was the topic of the Winter Quarter 2013 Week Two (Jan. 18) Community Reflection in Stetson Chapel. Several speakers considered Martin Luther … Continue reading