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Religious and Spiritual Life provides programs, staff, and spaces to help students explore meaning and purpose, grow in their religious or spiritual traditions, practice social justice, and create community. We welcome all people, regardless of religious, spiritual, or secular background. We are here for those who are seeking resources in a particular faith tradition, craving more depth in your daily life, or needing a caring presence in a difficult moment.  

An important part of your college experience is tending to your holistic wellbeing: spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational, and emotional. Though we specialize in the spiritual, we are here to support you as a whole person with opportunities to connect, gather, and grow with one another and the Northwestern community.   

Our primary spaces are in Parkes Hall—which is directly across from the Arch at Sheridan and Chicago Avenues. We have prayer, meditation and ritual spaces available for many different expressions and traditions as well as many spaces to hang out and get a cup of coffee or a snack!   

We also work closely with our campus religious center partners including Canterbury House, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Hillel, the Sheil Catholic Center, University Christian Ministry, as well as many religiously affiliated student organizations.  

Together, all of us are excited to meet you and help you connect to Northwestern in many ways. Here you will find some of the many ways that we welcome you to campus in the fall.  

 We can’t wait to see you soon!  

Pre-Orientation Opportunities 

Sheil Catholic Center

First Night: A Welcome Event for Catholic Students 

First Night is a fun way to meet other Catholic students right before Wildcat Welcome Week. Join other incoming students (first-year and transfer students) on Sunday, September 10th from 2:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sheil Catholic Center, located at 2110 Sheridan Road in Evanston. This student-led event includes activities to get to know other students and the campus ministry team, Mass, dinner, and more! 

Learn more and sign up: 


Northwestern Hillel 

Details and RSVP for all events at

If you’re looking to connect with Jewish students, you’ve come to the right place. Join us for…

Schmooze – Don’t miss out on our fantastic pre-orientation program that starts the day before Wildcat Welcome (Sunday 9/10), with activities all day long and a bonfire in our backyard at night. RSVP to grab your spot!

High Holidays

Northwestern Hillel offers Reform and Conservative services, free holiday meals, and other fun programming throughout the holidays. Services will be in Norris, meals will be at Hillel (629 Foster St). Please RSVP in advance.

Rosh Hashanah is Friday Sept 15 – Sunday Sept 17

Yom Kippur is Sunday Sept 24 – Monday Sept 25

Welcome Back BBQ

Our Back to School BBQ is not to be missed! Come by Hillel (629 Foster) on the first day of classes to see old friends and make new ones. Delicious kosher BBQ will be served 5:30-7:30pm on Tues Sept 19. Please RSVP.

Lutheran Campus Ministry at Northwestern University 

Weekly LCMNU Events
Worship every Sunday, 11:00am 

Supper Worship every Wednesday, 6:00–6:45pm  
21theo every Wednesday, 7:00–8:00pm (a time to learn and question) 
Special September Events: 
17 Sunday: LCMNU Open House, 10:00–11:00am 
19 Tuesday: Back to School BBQ 6:00–7:00pm 
21 Thursday: Ice Cream and Game Night at 8:00–9:00pm 


University Christian Ministry (United Methodist and Presbyterian)  

1834 Chicago Ave. (next to Allison Residence Hall) 

Casual Worship Sundays at 5pm  

Beginning Sept. 24 (Kickoff BBQ to follow) 


Religious & Spiritual Life Weekly Programs During the Academic Year 

Special Welcome Events:  

Meet and Greet RSL Staff at the Suite Spot! 

Stop by to grab a cupcake and a coffee or tea and meet the RSL team.  

Thursday, September 21, 3:30-5:00 PM in Parkes Hall Room 120 

Reverse Baccalaureate: An interfaith blessing to start the academic year. Thursday, September 28, 6:30-7:30 pm in Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern 

All are welcome to join in this time with music, reflections, and offerings from Northwestern students.   

Religious Services open to all based in various religious traditions during the academic year: 

The Suite Spot, 3:30-4:30pm, each Thursday in Parkes Hall room 120 A chance to drop in and hang out with others for snacks, conversation, and community. No preparation required! 

Drop In Meditation, 4pm each Friday in Parkes Hall—open to all and no experience required 

Religious and Spiritual Life Offerings

Individual Appointments with Chaplains. Our University Chaplains are confidential resources who are trained to meet with students of any or no religious affiliation about a variety of issues. Topics might include exploring the big questions in life, choosing a major, questions about meaning and purpose, or grief and loss. 

Spiritual Direction: This is a guided program for those who are interested in a structured and formal exploration of Spiritual Practice.  

Alice Millar Chapel Choir

Join the Alice Millar Chapel Choir! The Chapel Choir is a premiere collegiate choral ensemble that includes music majors and general campus students.  Auditions are open to all Northwestern Students. The Chapel Choir offers vibrant and engaging rehearsals and performances with challenging music from many musical periods and styles, from Renaissance to Gospel, and Romantic to Contemporary. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:10 to 5:40 p.m. If interested, please set up a time to audition with Stephen Alltop, Director of Music. Email:

For more info:

Check out our 2023 Choir Information Video:

Special Events in Alice Millar Chapel 

Reverse Baccalaureate: An Interfaith Blessing

Thursday, September 21 | 6:30-7:30 pm |  Alice Millar Chapel

All students are welcome to join in this time with music, reflections, offerings and blessings shared by Northwestern students and RSL Staff.   

Family Weekend Open House and Mini-Concert with the Alice Millar Chapel Choir 

Sunday, October 22 | 10:30 am | Alice Millar Chapel

All are welcome to join the Alice Millar Chapel Choir for a special preview of their upcoming concert.  

10:30 AM: Continental Breakfast Available and tours of Alice Millar Chapel 

11:00 AM: Morning prayer blessing and concert preview with the Alice Millar Chapel Choir 

11:45 AM: Demonstration and tour of the 5,235 pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ   

Concert with the choir of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, France and the Alice Millar Chapel Choir 

Friday, October 27 | 7:30pm | Alice Millar Chapel

The Alice Millar Chapel choir will perform a concert with the choir of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris France.  

Friendsgiving Brunch for Students

Sunday, November 19 | 11am | Alice Millar Chapel 

A Festival of Lessons and Carols with the Alice Millar Chapel Choir 

Sunday, December 3 | 10:40 am | Alice Millar Chapel

Reverse Baccalaureate-An Interfaith Blessing

Thursday, January 18 | 6:30 pm | Alice Millar Chapel

The Alice Millar Birthday Concert with the Alice Millar Chapel Choir 

Sunday, February 4 | 5:00 pm | Alice Millar Chapel

A Celebration of Black History Month 

Saturday and Sunday, February 17 & February 18, 2024  | Alice Millar Chapel

Easter Sunday Festival Service with the Alice Millar Chapel Choir 

Sunday, March 31 | 11:00 AM | Alice Millar Chapel

Spring Choir Concert with the Alice Millar Chapel Choir 

Saturday, May 11 | 7:00 PM | Alice Millar Chapel