Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making
The shared mission of the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making (OSMM) and Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) is to nurture the human spirit by inviting our students to make meaning of themselves and the world.
OSMM supports all Cornell students - regardless of their religious identity, ethical background, or worldview - in deepening their beliefs and discovering a sense of meaning and purpose. Through programming, social events, community service, and religious services, OSMM provides opportunities for exploration of spiritual practices, consideration of one's meaning and purpose, examination of the interconnected nature of humanity, and the pursuit of a more socially just world.
OSMM also supports CURW, a multifaith consortium of affiliated campus ministers - religious, spiritual, and secular leaders - who offer additional spiritual support, programming, and service opportunities. CURW coordinates the programs of the major religious traditions that have a presence at Cornell. Each week during the academic year, CURW hosts Buddhist meditations, Catholic masses, Hindu prayers, Jewish services (Reform, Conservative and Orthodox), Muslim prayers, and Protestant worship services in Anabel Taylor Hall and Sage Chapel.
Visit Cornell’s coronavirus webpage for the most current campus updates and FAQs.
During online instruction, OSMM staff and CURW chaplains remain available to talk with students on an individual basis and support them in their spiritual and religious needs. Some religious services are still happening online, and many affiliated religious organization are hosting online virtual study groups, spiritual practice sessions, and social gatherings. Please check the websites of each affiliated campus ministry to learn more. Anabel Taylor Hall and Sage Chapel will be closed to religious programming through at least the end of the 2021 summer break.
Get Involved in OSMM
There are many ways to find a place to belong 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. Learn how to connect with OSMM & CURW programs here. 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?
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 statements that convey our guiding 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 religious diversity. As part of this commitment, the university will make good faith efforts to provide reasonable accommodations for religious observance for employees and students.
Spirituality on campus: all about finding meaning
- What did Ezra Mean by Nonsectarian?
Kenneth I. Clarke, Sr.
- Cornell Rewind: Keeping the faith in a nonsectarian way
Elaine Engst and Blaine Friedlander
Anabel Taylor Hall and Sage Chapel
Please note that Cornell's COVID-19 event protocols require Anabel Taylor Hall and Sage Chapel to be closed for the Spring 2021 semester. Below are our typical building hours outside of the pandemic.
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
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 10:00pm
- Saturday 9:00am - 10:00pm
- Sunday 9:00am - 11:00pm