Places for Prayer, Reflection, and Meditation
UNIVERSITY RELIGIOUS CENTER
Nestled within the heart of USC, the University Religious Center stands as a vibrant hub of interfaith chapels and spaces, each accommodating an array of religious beliefs and spiritual practices. Alongside spaces for prayer, reflection, and meditation, the Center houses the RestSC Lounge – a haven for students seeking a moment of respite to recharge, thus promoting their overall health and well-being.
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is located in the Center and serves as a beacon of support and guidance for all members of the Trojan community and provides many opportunities for exploring your spiritual journey and enriching your personal learning experience.
Little Chapel of Silence: The Little Chapel of Silence is located on the northwest corner of Town and Gown, just behind the SAS building, and is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, 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.
Kilgore Chapel: Situated within the University Religious Center, the Thomas Kilgore, Jr. Chapel of the Cross stands as a beacon of spiritual inspiration for Christian communities on campus. More than just a place of worship and prayer, this Chapel is a haven that nurtures creative expression within the realm of Christian faith. The Chapel is open for reservations by Christian groups, facilitating a deeper connection to spirituality and fostering a strong sense of community and fellowship at USC.
Fishbowl Chapel: Nestled within the University Religious Center, you’ll find the Fishbowl Chapel—an adaptable and inclusive worship space designed to cater to multiple faiths. This versatile sanctuary not only serves as a place of worship but also hosts a range of wellness-focused classes. The Fishbowl Chapel welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Muslim Prayer Space and Hindu Prayer Space located in the University Religious Center offer dedicated areas for prayer and meditation for these respective religious communities.
Muslim Prayer Space: You can find the Muslim Prayer Space on the second floor of the University Religious Center (room 204). The prayer space is accessible every day of the week from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. For your convenience, Wudu facilities are available in the bathrooms located on the second floor.
Hindu Prayer Space: The Hindu Prayer Space is located on the second floor of the University Religious Center (room 202A). It too is accessible every day of the week from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. If the space happens to be locked, simply visit the ORSL office in room 106 to obtain access.
“Youth and Science” Tile Mural in Zumberge Hall: This enchanting tile mural adorning the entrance of Zumberge Hall is the creation of artist Jean Goodwin Ames, crafted as part of her Master of Fine Arts thesis project at USC back in 1937. Directly beneath this artistic masterpiece stands a table, a dedicated space for students and employees alike to place natural objects. These “offerings” serve as gestures of deep respect and reverence for Mother Earth and all living beings. Accessible from Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Health Sciences Center
- Chapel located at Keck Hospital
- Student Quiet Room in the Margaret and John Biles Leadership Center located in the 4th floor of Seaver Hall (406)
- Prayer, meditation, and wellness room located in the basement of the Keith Administration Building (B25)
- Meditation room and Hinderstein Family Meditation Garden located at Norris Cancer Hospital
- Quiet lounge in McKibben Hall (146)
We welcome additions to this page. Please contact Robin Mitchell Stroud.