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Kay Spiritual Life Center

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  • Kay Spiritual Life Center
    202-885-3320
    Fax: 202-885-3317
    kslc@american.edu
    Kay Spiritual Life Center, Room

    Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9 AM to 9 PM

    Joe Eldridge
    University Chaplain
    Assistant Director

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University Chaplain's Welcome

University Chaplain Rev. Joe Eldridge

Dedicated in 1965, the Kay Spiritual Life Center is a Buddhist temple. It is a Muslim mosque. It is a Christian church, both Catholic and Protestant. It is a Jewish synagogue. It is a Hindu house of worship, a Unitarian gathering place, and more. The Kay Center has been all these things, and – under its vision of celebrated religious diversity – it will continue to be a home for students of any and all faiths.

Marked by a sixteen-foot impressionist flame, the structure itself sits on the north side of the university’s Eric Friedheim Quad – directly opposite the library on the south end. These two structures anchor AU in a tradition of academic and spiritual pursuit, facets that make the university a values-based, intellectual institution.

Our chaplains come from different faiths and backgrounds, but they share a passion for wholeness of spirit and fullness of life seen in their work on campus. In addition to the daily religious ceremonies of our various faiths, the Kay Center hosts guest lectures and discussions exploring the moral dimensions of issues facing our university, nation and world.

How we live is just as important as what we believe. Following this idea, Kay is also a Center committed to community service and social justice. Students engaged in our ministries put faith into action through service work at home and abroad, helping those in need and advancing social responsibility.

As a current or prospective member of the AU family, you are invited to participate in an interfaith community focused on the human spirit. Our hearts, minds and doors are always open to you.