The Niebuhr Center offers programs designed to help you explore the links between passion and purpose, between the values you’ve chosen to embrace and the life you are preparing to pursue. 


Students get together for a home-cooked meal and home-grown conversation about the things that matter. We discuss questions such as:

  • What is my story?
  • What are my values?
  • What does it mean to have a calling?
  • Why is social justice important?

These get-togethers draw students from across disciplines, cultural backgrounds and religious perspectives.

Common Good Grants

Engage with a local organization through the development of a project that addresses a social issue about which you are passionate. Students can apply for funds up to $2,000. This is a competitive grant, as only three are awarded each semester.

  • Contact the Niebuhr Center for more information

Urban Immersion Program

As part of the Urban Immersion Program, we offer three opportunities each year for involvement on a local, national or global level.

In addition, each semester one student plans and carries out four service projects under supervision of the Niebuhr Center director. This experience provides students the opportunity to learn the challenges and rewards of tackling social problems, and to work with the local social service agencies organizations on the front lines.

Public Lectures and Forums

The Niebuhr Center hosts public lectures and forums throughout the year organized by program coordinator, Professor Inam Haq. Recent programs have covered Islamophobia, the 2016 presidential election and a 13th century mystic and poet. This complements the College’s Religious Lecture Series that covers different religious traditions.

After serving at the Robin’s Nest orphanage in Jamaica, I believe I have found my calling.

Sydney Klatka ’19

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