Niebuhr Center for Engagement and Reflection

Father Michael Pfleger speaking at Elmhurst College

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Student Stories

Finding Your Calling

Five students talk about how the Niebuhr Center helped them choose their path to a life of meaning and service.

The Value in Giving Back

There When You Need Them

Alum Phillip Lee, a criminal justice major from Chicago, worked with the Niebuhr Center to establish a chapter of the NAACP at Elmhurst.

A Life of Meaningful Engagement

Do you feel called to serve the common good? Are you motivated by faith or values? And are you ready to fight social injustice in all its guises?

At the Niebuhr Center, you’ll find a community of Elmhurst students who have made a commitment to a life of service. The Center encourages social engagement and meaningful reflection among motivated individuals from diverse backgrounds through a variety of programs and activities. Interfaith cooperation is an essential part of the Center's mission, so students of all religious traditions or value systems are welcome. We also welcome students from all fields of study; you don't have to be a religion major to participate in our programs.

Our mission is to provide engaging experiences and meaningful reflection for the Elmhurst College community to cultivate a sense of purpose and meaning in life. 

What's your Calling for the Common Good? Find out through our programs!

The Niebuhr Center is named in honor of two of Elmhurst's most esteemed alumni, theologians Reinhold (1910) and H. Richard Niebuhr (1912), whose commitment to social engagement informs the College's mission and vision to this day. A college of the United Church of Christ, Elmhurst calls on students to confront moral questions and act on their social responsibilities within an open and demanding academic context.

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