The Little Chapel of Silence is located on the northwest corner of Town and Gown, just behind the SAS building, and is open from 6:30AM – 10:00PM, Monday through Friday. Since 1935 it has been a place for silent reflection, meditation, and prayer for the whole USC community. Anyone can write a prayer or reflection on a slip of paper to put in the prayer box, or write in the notebook provided on the front altar. The notebooks, when filled, are placed in the altar in the reception area of the Office of Religious Life for anyone to come and view. The prayer slips are collected and are read aloud and then ceremonially burned in a ritual held by the Interfaith Council twice a year. All are welcome to the Prayer Reading ceremony. Contact the ORL about the dates for the ceremony.
In The Little Chapel of Silence is a mural above the altar: The Trojan Trysting Tree. Based on traditions of trysting trees and stones from the British Isles, the brass plaque beneath the mural invites members of the USC community to make professions, or “trysts”, of love and commitment:
“Under the Trojan Trysting Tree
Come sit with me for a spell;
Beneath its branches hold my hand
And the truth of my heart I’ll tell.”
Weekly Mindfulness Meditation Practice Group for faculty, staff, and students: Wednesdays, 12-12:30 pm at URC 202, University Religious Center. For information on many other opportunities for mindfulness meditation on campus: Mindful USC
The Reverend Thomas Kilgore, Jr. Chapel of the Cross can be reserved for Christian groups by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. See more about the chapel HERE.
The Muslim Prayer Space is located on the second floor of the University Religious Center, and is open from 6:00AM – 10:00PM, seven days a week. Wudu facilities are in the bathrooms on the second floor.
The USC Caruso Catholic Center, 844 W. 32nd St (at Hoover), is a block away from the north side of the USC campus: catholictrojan.org.
Reverence for the Earth: through the doors and in the entryway of Zumberge Hall on Trousdale Parkway, there is a beautiful 1937 Jean Goodwin tile mural entitled “Youth and Science”. Below it is a table where students and staff can place natural objects as “offerings” showing reverence for the earth and its living beings. On the table is a journal in which students can write poems, meditations, and reflections about their encounters with the natural world. When journals are filled and replaced, the filled journals will be on display in the altar in the reception area of URC 106, 9-5 Mon-Fri.
For more information about using and reserving these spaces, please contact the Office of Religious Life, email@example.com – 213-740-6110.