Kay Spiritual Life Center

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

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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.

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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

Interfaith MLK Service

Chapel Meditation: Resilience

When I was a kid, I lived in a neighborhood that had woods on one end. There was one part of the woods that I called “the crooked forest” because it had some of the strangest trees in it. One was shaped like a lowercase ‘h’, bent in a horseshoe shape nearly entirely over before reaching back up to the sky. 

I long wondered: what happened to those trees? Something had happened to those trees. Something had bent them into very un-tree-like shapes. But whatever that something was, it had not prevailed; the trees now reached for the light. Read more…

Attendees at the Kay 50th Celebration

Events in Kay

Learn about the many events we have in Kay from speaker series, table talks, to 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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