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Office of Spirituality and Meaning Making

Cornell United Religious Work

Office of Spirituality and Meaning Making (OSMM), housed in Anabel Taylor Hall and comprised of over twenty-five affiliated communities, offers programs of worship, study, and social life, as well as opportunities for students to engage in interfaith dialogue. Each weekend within Anabel Taylor Hall, Catholic masses, Protestant worship services, Jewish services (Reform, Conservative and Orthodox) and Muslim prayers are held. Contact us for information regarding particular groups and services.


COVID-19 Update

Cornell University is suspending classes on its Ithaca campus as of 5pm, March 13. Visit Cornell’s coronavirus webpage for the most current campus updates and FAQs.

Although classes are suspended, chaplains remain available to talk with and support students on an individual basis. Some religious services are still happening online, but all CURW events that were scheduled in Anabel Taylor Hall and Sage Chapel have been cancelled until further notice. Please check the websites of each chaplain to learn more.


Get Involved in OSMM

There are many ways to find community at Cornell. Some students find their place through their faith, whether deepening existing beliefs or finding the opportunity to discover their spiritual self in new ways. In addition to the support and programming available directly through OSMM, there are many registered student organizations on campus under the category "religious." Search the undergraduate or graduate student organizations.

What Guides Our Work?

Cornell United Religious Work

Each affiliated chaplaincy is guided by its own sacred texts as well as other covenants made with their sponsoring religious organization or denomination. OSMM is also guided by documents that convey important principles. Our primary document is the University's mission statement. Other supportive documents include:

  • Religious Accommodation Policy
    Cornell University has an enduring commitment to supporting equality of employment opportunity by affirming the values of diversity and inclusiveness. This commitment includes embracing religious diversity. As part of this commitment, the university will make good faith efforts to provide a reasonable accommodation of an employee's sincerely-held religious belief, unless the university believes such an accommodation would create an undue hardship or is contrary to the university's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

  • What did Ezra Mean by Nonsectarian?
    Kenneth I. Clarke, Sr.
  • Cornell Rewind: Keeping the faith in a nonsectarian way
    Elaine Engst and Blaine Friedlander

Building Hours

Anabel Taylor Hall and Sage Chapel

In the summer and over breaks the building hours are reduced, please call to confirm we are open. Many things may affect the actual hours when the University is on break.

Summer/Winter Break Hours:

  • Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Spring/Fall Semesters:

  • Monday - Friday 8:00am - 10:00pm

  • Saturday 9:00am - 10:00pm
  • Sunday 9:00am - 11:00pm