Kay Spiritual Life Center

American University’s place for meaning, purpose, and community

Pastoral Letter

Read our University Chaplain's pastoral letter to the university community on the upcoming Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The Office of the University Chaplain is sponsoring a week long trip of service-learning to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation in Cherokee, North Carolina. Learn more...

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Get to Know Kay

The Kay Spiritual Life Center is American University's interfaith center and home to two dozen religious communities.

Read our Chaplain’s Welcome

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Our communities of faith and the chaplains who serve them are ready to help you reflect, find comfort, learn, and grow. Learn about the rich spiritual diversity you can find in Kay.

Explore our Faith Communities

First Wednesdays in the Chapel: The Quest for Truth

Chapel Meditation: Self-Care in an Anxious Time

During the winter finals period we would distribute free chocolate to stressed out college students. “Spiritual Therapy Through Chocolate” we called it. But there was something curious I began to notice as I tabled. Students would constantly ask what they had to do to get a piece of chocolate. “Nothing,” I would respond.
    And there was something that became apparent—this was an object lesson in grace: how hard it is for people to accept something that is freely given. Something that benefits them even, without assuming that there’s a catch. In many ways, we are frequently better at extending mercy, grace, and love to others than we are to ourselves. Read more...

Attendees at the Kay 50th Celebration

Events in Kay

Learn about the many events we have in Kay — including speaker series, table talks, service projects, and interfaith programs. 

Learn about Events in Kay

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Support the important interfaith and community-building work of the Kay Chapel through a tax-deductible contribution.

Support the Work of Kay

Adeel Zeb gives the 2017 Poynter lecture in the Kay Chapel

The Poynter Lecture

Our annual lecture series brings a lecturer who exemplifies the highest ideals of compassion and justice for a world in need.

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Student Religious Accommodations

On occasion, religious observance necessitates an accommodation for students pertaining to academic, housing, or food related purposes. If you have a need for such a religious accommodation, you can submit a request through Kay.

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Our Methodist Values

How does AU today reflect the Methodist values with which we were founded?

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