Spiritual Formation

Among Student Learning Outcomes for academic and pre-professional programs in the Undergraduate Department of Religion:

Students will be aware of and informed regarding spiritual and religious experience and expression and will explore the nature of spirituality and its expression—they will demonstrate the value of personal spiritual formation in a holistic context.

Students in the Undergraduate Department of Religion experience a deepened spiritual awareness through activities inside and outside classes. Spiritual formation is foundational to the church and its life. Courses offered address Christian spirituality in the context of faith development. The curriculum is designed to afford students opportunities to deepen their spiritual awareness in classes directly related to the history, theology and practice of spirituality. The course offerings for undergraduate students that are related to topics of spirituality and the dynamics of Christian formation practices include the following:

  • RELG 267 Religious Faith and Life
  • RELP 345 Spiritual Formation
  • RELT 205 Dynamics of Personal Religion
  • RELT 464 Religious Development and Moral Learning

In addition to the student’s regular weekly worship in the church of their choice, campus-related opportunities for strengthening spirituality include devotional gatherings like:

  • weekly dormitory worship services Wednesday evenings at 10:00 p.m. for our residential students
  • weekly University worships Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. in the La Sierra University Church quarterly Divinity School Assembly meetings in Angwin Hall Dormitory Chapel
  • annual School one-day Fall Retreats at the California Citrus State Historic Park
  • annual School graduating-student consecration service in Matheson Hall

There are also regular staff devotional meetings for students doing field study. The extra-curricular opportunities for rest and rejuvenating the spirit are provided by the Spiritual Life office and other campus resources.