MacMurray College affords rich and diverse opportunities for spiritual growth and religious expression for all students. The Office of Religious Life links students to more than a dozen local churches. Many are within walking distance; others will provide transportation; and some have even been known to provide our students with a home-cooked meal! Further afield, Congregation Temple Israel of Springfield welcomes Jewish students to its High Holiday services, and the Islamic Society of Greater Springfield provides year round activities and religious services for Muslim students.
On campus, a variety of programs draw students, faculty, and staff together in groups large and small in worship, study, and service. Continuing a long tradition, an all-campus Vespers, or evening prayer service, is held six times a semester in Annie Merner Chapel. Other special events might include a multi-media rock worship, an evening of Celtic music, a prayer vigil in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an inter-faith round table dialogue, or a celebration of Holy Fools Day. Several vibrant student-led groups are active on campus in Bible studies, weekly praise and worship, outreach to schools and nursing homes, community service and mission.
These are the organizations which are currently active on campus; however, if a group of students wants something which is not listed, we can make it happen! Please contact the Director of Religious Life.
Learning & Serving
This group formed at the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year to learn while serving others in Jacksonville and beyond the borders of our town. No matter our background, we are welcome in this group of people who hope to grow personally and as a community as we work together to make the world a better place: heaven on earth, even. The group meets every other week and serves together somewhere at least monthly.
The Newman Club is a ministry of the Roman Catholic church, but is open to all students. Illinois College and MacMurray College students have joined together in a club which serves the needs of students from both campuses by offering masses, faith formation, pastoral counseling and service opportunities as a vital part of college life. Sunday night mass at Rammelkamp Chapel is a community event. The club also meets on Tuesday evenings to build community, strengthen faith and fellowship, and engage in service and mission.