Religious Life at Berry

What is Religious Life?

Foundational: “Head, Heart, and Hands”

Berry was founded on Christian principles that live in the very core of campus life. Martha Berry wanted her schools to be a place where worthy students could live, learn, work, and worship. She was a deeply committed and practical Christian woman. As a result, Religious Life remains a focus of the Berry experience that is encouraged and prioritized for our students.


All Religious Life is voluntary. Students can be involved as much or as little as they desire, though occasions to discuss matters of faith permeate the campus. Not only do we believe that spiritual seeking is consistent with an academic career, it is also essential for spiritual growth and maturity: “seek and ye shall find.” We trust that earnest seeking leads to a sense of vocation - a higher calling that integrates head, heart, and hands for a lifetime of service. Each week, there are several religious life activities on campus.

“Forever Christian, always welcoming.”

Berry was founded on the commitment to be “forever Christian in Spirit.” We welcome people from diverse religious traditions and are committed to helping students from different backgrounds find ways to express their faith. Berry has never had a denominational statement of faith. Instead, we pledge an interdenominational, ecumenical approach to Christian faith and values. We also seek unity and cooperation among the various groups, especially in the area of service to others. Berry students consistently put their faith into action, living out the college’s scriptural motto: “not to be ministered unto, but to minister." To learn more, visit our Religious Groups and Interfaith Council pages.

Who is Religious Life?

Every student is offered a wealth of opportunities to engage in vibrant, spiritual growth and experience in a community of like-minded peers.  In addition, the Chaplain’s Office, our religious groups and councils provide a rich assortment of programming that is designed to allow for quality, intellectual, and dynamic religious enrichment.