Office of Spirituality and Meaning Making
The Office of Spirituality and Meaning Making (OSMM) supports all Cornell students - regardless of their religious or ethical background - 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 Cornell United Religious Work (CURW), a community of affiliated chaplains - 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, 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 chaplain to learn more. All in-person OSMM and CURW events that were scheduled in Anabel Taylor Hall and Sage Chapel have been cancelled through July 12.
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?
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 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.
- 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
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