Covenant of Mutual Respect and Understanding
The Jessie Ball duPont Office of the Chaplaincy and the University Interfaith Campus Ministries and Religious Organizations are central to the life and purpose of the University of Richmond, encouraging women and men from diverse backgrounds to develop their intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical potentials and to explore creatively the frontiers of faith and reason. Together, the Office of the Chaplaincy and Interfaith Campus Ministries and Religious Organizations provide comprehensive programming in order to widen vision, explore and deepen faith, strengthen character, stimulate creativity, enhance capacity for leadership and service, and equip students to think rationally, act responsibly, and work productively as persons of faith in a complex society.
Our Values and Beliefs
The University of Richmond maintains its commitment to moral and spiritual values in an atmosphere free of sectarian bias, inviting and serving individuals of all faiths and persuasions. Celebrating this heritage, the University affirms the historical value placed on religious liberty and the sacred and inalienable right of each individual to make decisions for himself or herself on matters of faith and practice.
Our Place for Spirituality
Together, the E. Carlton Wilton Center for Interfaith Campus Ministries and Henry M. Cannon Memorial Chapel symbolize the University's pledge to spiritual nurturing and ethical formation. The Wilton Center promises to be a place for community, a place for retreat, reflection, and worship, and a place where personal relationships, family concerns, academic pressures, and vocational decisions can be addressed from the diverse perspectives of faith.
The Wilton Center encourages contemplation of God, neighbor, and self. For centuries, contemplation has sustained faith and reason as frontiers in the journey inward and outward. Engagement in community and the importance of service to others are fundamental values instilled along the way. In this pilgrimage, contemplation remains a discipline important for our times.
All who volunteer in University Interfaith Campus Ministries and Religious Organizations affirm in a shared covenant before God and these witnesses that they will:
- Encourage and extend at the University a sense of mutual respect and understanding between different representatives, organizations, traditions, and practices, and in interactions with students, staff, and faculty
- Endeavor to respect and understand actual differences in religious belief, historic tradition, and faith practice
- Support with prayer my Richmond colleagues
- Affirm the commitments to ministry of Richmond colleagues and their loyalty to the diverse communities of faith from which we all gather and to which we remain separately committed
- Practice confidentiality in all that is heard and learned from colleagues
- Relate with integrity to Richmond colleagues personally and professionally and expect such support from them
- Clearly and explicitly state the identity of the group or groups represented in any literature, display, or publicity regarding religious programming throughout the University
- Extend to Richmond colleagues the freedom to be and to do in accordance with their understanding of God so long as it does not violate the rights of those in the University community, and respect the right of any individual to decline an invitation to join activities
- Recognize the human worth of colleagues and acknowledge that they receive God's love and deserve it from others; therefore, their words should be heard, the wisdom of their words weighed, and the concerns that prompt them to speak considered carefully
- Respect the rich cultural and political diversity of colleagues, working diligently to challenge stereotypes unfairly placed upon them and their respective traditions and ministries
- Respect the relationships that are established in joint ministries, one with another, and encourage in these relations the joy of play and laughter, the practice of fair dialogue and active listening, and the spirit of hospitality
- Assist the University Chaplaincy in its effort to foster meaningful relations with all students, creating teachable moments in faith awareness and interfaith relations