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.

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

Interfaith Chapel Service

Chapel Meditation: Belonging

It seems to me that we think about belonging most when something doesn’t belong. We don’t walk into our work or living spaces and comment on the table that’s always been there and say, “Wow, that table really belongs here.” No, instead we are more likely to notice the standout, the odd duck, the anomaly and say, “What’s that doing here? It doesn’t belong here!” We know this about belonging. We know that belonging seems to be observed more in the breach than in the exercise. And that creates in us anxiety. Because deep down we fear that we don’t belong. We’re not suitable. We don’t fit in. ( 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

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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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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Religious Preference

Miss the opportunity to submit your religious preference when you started at AU? Help us to meet your spiritual needs by filling out our religious preference form. 

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