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RELIGIOUS LIFE AND FELLOWSHIP

Hiram College has a strong tradition of religious freedom, and of support and encouragement for each student to maintain faith and practice religion. The College was founded by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and retains a special relationship with the denomination and to the Disciples Church in the village.

The Net

The purpose of The Net is to establish and advance witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and God’s purposes in the world; to provide opportunities and a means by which all students can learn about and grow in the teachings of Christianity.

HILLEL

The purpose of Hillel is to support and promote Jewish culture on Hiram’s campus. They also gather to celebrate Jewish tradition and holidays, spreading their traditions to interested students.

Hiram Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was formed in the early 1820’s as part of a congregation that eventually planted three churches in northeast Portage County.

The need for qualified pastors in the Western Reserve led to Campbell-Stone churches in northeast Ohio to form a college to train pastors. The Hiram Christian Church convinced the association to set the College across the street from the Church, and Hiram College was founded in 1850 as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute by the Disciples of Christ (D.O.C.). The two have worked as partners in education and faith ever since, and continue to seek ways to partner to strengthen each other in the 21st century. Today, the Christian Church is deeply rooted in the northeast Ohio area, with over 65 congregations within a 35 mile radius of Hiram College.

If you are interested in learning more about Hiram Christian Church, please visit their website.

The Norma and Frank Fisher All Faith Chapel and Meeting House is a non-denominational worship space at Hiram College. The facility, which opened in May 2003, is designed to host the religious services and spiritual events of different theological traditions.

The concept for the All Faith Chapel grew from several discussions between the College Chaplain and a small group of students that began in fall 2000. The students, who represented Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu traditions, worked with the chaplain to plan a building with useable space for all.

The result is a plain building with no religious symbols from one tradition, which would interfere with the worship of another. A moveable screen, stacking chairs, picture molding, and lighting are all designed for maximum flexibility in the worship space, while individual cabinets allow the organized student religious groups space of their own and particular investment in the building.all-faith-chapel

At the same time, the meeting room, including a small library, promotes interfaith conversation. In deference to the world’s major religions, one usage rule of the facility is that shoes must be removed before entering the worship space.

The All Faith Chapel and Meeting House is located on the site of the historic Tiffany House (circa 1857). The foundation stone and timbers from Tiffany House have been incorporated into the new design, and foundation stones are also prominent in the landscaping. A spiritual labyrinth and memorial garden are adjacent to the All Faith Chapel. Both serve as additional sacred spaces for spiritual contemplation and personal reflection.

The Lectures in Religion program was established to provide opportunity for religious scholars to engage both the perennial questions of humanity and the urgent challenges of our world with the campus and broader community. Throughout its history, Hiram College has welcomed both emerging and established scholars to bring a word from their particular religious tradition that may offer wisdom and grace to the gathered assembly.

Contacts

Rev. Chris McCreight is offering pastoral care remotely during the 3-week semester. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk about healthy boundaries at home, processing grief in healthy ways or the ongoing conversation between your faith and your education, please email Rev. McCreight at McCreightCJ@hiram.edu with proposed times that work for you.