CLU provides experiences in which students can express and explore their own faith as well as journey with others of different religious and philosophical beliefs and backgrounds. Learning to understand and appreciate the religious traditions and values of others is vital, and CLU offers space to do so, while also creating opportunities to build relationships with others from many different faiths.
We see Jesus in the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) using an example of someone who was considered an “outsider” of faith—the Samaritan—to show what it means to love our neighbors. In the same way, we grow and learn from each other’s’ faith traditions while becoming more rooted in our own. The Christian tradition calls us to incredible hospitality—at CLU we practice inclusivity and embrace one another out of love for Christ.
- Check out the Wennes Interfaith Meditation Chapel which is open 24 hours a day with resources from many major world religions available for your use. All faiths and traditions are welcome to gather for reflection and prayer.
- Also take a look at the many worship centers, mosques, temples, and churches that welcome CLU students as participants and members within Thousand Oaks! View a brief listing here »
Monthly Interfaith Dialogue—Come Together Now
The space we share together matters. We offer a safe place to ask questions, talk together, and learn from the spiritual journeys of others, while also delving deeper into our own faith traditions.
Monthly discussions are centered on a specific topic. Some previous topics have included: Justice, Meditation, Hope, Persecution, Earth Care, Love, and Forgiveness.
A vegetarian dinner is provided by us—meaningful discussion is up to you!
This is not a place where we have to agree on everything, but where we can seek to understand and hear others’ stories from their different perspectives. We may even find commonalities! Can’t wait to see you!
Time and location to be determined, please call if you would like to be added to the email list or for more information.
Interfaith Allies at CLU
We are a movement on campus that promotes the interaction of religious, nonreligious, and philosophical traditions. We call this campus at all levels—students, staff, faculty—to voice each individual’s deepest values, engage with others to understand the different perspectives, and act on those values in shared space. We work to eradicate religious violence and seek instead to understand and work alongside each other for a better world.
CLU is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Rev. Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, has said that "the vocation of a Lutheran college is to plant deep within students a lifelong unquenchable curiosity about God, about the meaning of life and being human, and the centrality of faith; an unquenchable curiosity about the vastness of the cosmos, the intricacies of DNA, and the beauty of the earth; the complexities of science, math, and economics; the richness of history; an unquenchable curiosity about life's big questions. It is vital that ELCA universities value and provide for religious study as an important tool for the intellectual exploration of the big questions of life such as: What makes life meaningful? What does it mean to be human? How do we live together on this planet?"
— from "Reflections on Our Shared Commitments", an address presented at the Lutheran Education Conference of North American on March 1, 2007.