Kay Spiritual Life Center

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

Kay with labyrinth in foreground

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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Kay chapel with interfaith symbols

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: Transition & Change

Reflection: Sticks and Stones

The right to exercise freedom of speech on an increasingly diverse campus cannot be affirmed without affirming the truth that words do, in fact, cause harm. Free speech is one of those liberties central to our democratic society and one which no serious defender of our social values would attempt to curtail. In a free society, people have the right to say whatever they want to. But should they? 


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

A week of service and reflection in Cherokee

Cherokee Spring Break

The Office of the University Chaplain leads a spring break trip to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina.

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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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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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John Wesley preaching outside a church

Our Methodist Values

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

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