Interfaith Mindfulness and Prayer Room
As the most diverse university in Virginia, VCU proudly embraces its community. Students come from all over the world, fit into all age groups, reflect all income groups, and express many faith traditions and spiritual practices. VCU Libraries aspires to provide an appropriate and respectful space for all to engage in prayer, to practice meditation, to seek a wellness or mindfulness respite, or to simply retreat briefly into peaceful and solitary contemplation. An area on the third floor of Cabell Library has been identified a possible site. The proposed location is easily accessible, provides water for ablutions and rituals, and meets the needs of many in the community.
Design for the room is moving forward in consultation with stakeholders and faith community representatives throughout VCU. Policies governing the use of the facility will be developed in consultation with students, faith communities, and others. The final name for the space will be chosen through a process that involves the entire VCU community. Key goals for the project include
- Creating an exemplary interfaith mindfulness and prayer space that other universities will wish to emulate.
- Complementing and extending our existing excellent spaces for academic pursuit and physical refreshment with much-needed space for spiritual retreat, mindfulness, and prayer.
- A design that will serve all faith traditions as well as mindfulness meditation and spiritual retreat not affiliated with traditional faith practices.
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