Carnegie Mellon University

Spirituality Development Month

November is a showcase of Spiritual, Religious & Interfaith Life at Carnegie Mellon!

Join Religious & Spiritual Life Inititaives, The Council of Religious Advisors, and our religious and spiritual student organizations in celebrating the religious and spiritual diversity of our community. 

*Due to COVID-19, we will be highlighting virtual events, along with other resources and activities for you to explore at your own pace and in your own space! We will be updating this page through November 30, so please continue to check-in throughout the month. 

**Events for Fall Semseter '21 will be updated soon!

Calendar of Virtual Events

Council of Religious Students General Body Meeting
November 1, 2020 2:30pm

"Faith and Politics: from the debate stage to the dinner table"

The Council of Religious Students are hosting their first General Body Meeting of the semester on Sunday, November 1st at 2:30pm. They'll be discussing faith, the election, and how to handle the holiday season's inevitably uncomfortable political conversations.

The meeting will be held virtually on Zoom

Choral Compline Livestream
November 1, 8, 15 & 22, 8pm 

The service of Compline originated during the middle ages in the monasteries of Europe as monks sang the final office of the day before going to sleep. This contemplative service is almost entirely sung by the choir. Join the Pittsburgh Choral Compline every Sunday evening at 8pm on their YouTube Channel.

Sponsored by the Lutheran University Center Pittsburgh

Stay Grateful: Weekly Gratitude Session
November 3, 10, 17, 24 (Every Tuesday)

Practices in gratitude can help us regulate our mood, build our resilience, and cultivate increased happiness. Join Wellness Initiatives to learn some strategies on how to be more grateful throughout your day. Bring a notebook and writing utensil. 

Join Gratitude Session via this link. 

Sponsored by Student Affairs Wellness Initiatives

Sagan Fest: Klan We Talk?
November 9, 5pm

Daryl Davis has attended more Ku Klux Klan rallies than most. Using race as an example, musician and race reconciliator Daryl Davis will share the tools needed to conduct hard but productive conversations. Learn how to work through differences with friends, family, and coworkers without fear of retaliation or losing friendships. Visit the event webpage for more information. 

Sponsored by The Humanist League

Spirituality Month Lunch & Learn
"Mutually Inspiring Relationships across Lines of Difference"
November 10, 12pm

Join Religious & Spiritual Life Initiatives for a virtual Lunch & Learn. We will be exploring the theme of "Mutually Inspiring Relationships across Lines of Difference." We will discuss the skills needed to build relationships with others from religious, secular, or spiritual traditions that are different from you own.

Please RSVP here if you'd like to attend! 

Sponsored by Religious & Spiritual Life Initiatives

Diwali Celebrations
November 14

Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals and celebrates the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, and light over darkness. Join Om in celebrating Diwali virtually.

More information coming soon!


Friendsgiving & Recipe Swap
Monday, November 16, 6-7pm

Friendsgiving is our annual Thanksgiving feast at Carnegie Mellon. This year, we will be celebrating friendship, gratitude, and food... virtually! Bring a snack, dish, or whole meal that holds a special meaning for you, and enjoy a discussion with new and old friends. 

RSVP on our Google Form. When you RSVP, you will be prompted to include the recipe (or restaurant) for your meaningful food. Everyone who attends will be given the recipies in a digital recipe book. 

Sponsored by Religious & Spiritual Life Initiatives

Spirituality Month Lunch & Learn
"Embarking on your Spiritual Quest"
November 20, 11:30-12:30pm

Are you seeking greater meaning, beauty, peace, and connection in your life? Join Religious & Spiritual Life Initiatives staff for this virtual lunch & learn. We will be exploring what you need in order to embark on a spiritual quest, according to a national study of college students' search for meaning and purpose. 

Please RSVP to reserve your spot!

Sponsored by Religious & Spiritual Life Initiatives.

Explore at Your Own Pace & In Your Own Space

Try 7 Days of Journaling

A daily journaling habit is said to reduce stress, clarify feeling, boost memory, and strengthen self-discipline. Sometimes it's hard to know where to start. Try using a prompt below everyday for one week.

Explore more about the benefits of journaling here.  

  • Write about a time in your life where you felt connected to something larger than yourself.
  • Write about someone in your life who you deeply respect who holds a different belief system. 
  • Write about something for which you have a profound sense of gratitude. 
  • Write about something you lost or gave away which can never be replaced. 
  • Write about one thing you would do if you knew you couldn't fail.
  • Write about the ways you are living in line with your deeply held values. 
  • Write a letter to your 10 year old self. Write a letter to your 100 year old self. 

Take a Virtual Tour of a Religious Site

Are you curious about the holy sites of religious different from your own? Do you need to scratch the itch of wanderlust that has been growing since March? Check out a virtual tour of a religious site from around the world! 

Religion Unplugged: 5 Religious sites you can visit virtually while you stay home

CARFLEO: Virtual Tours of Sacred Places (Catholic)

Himalayan Academy: Virtual Tour of Kauai's Hindu Monastery

Consider Resting

The Value of Communal Rest: Perspectives on Rest as a Spiritual Practice
(Pre-recorded panel discussion from Tartan Community Day)

Join Religious & Spiritual Life Initiatives staff and a panel of CMU community members to explore the notion of rest as an individual and a community practice. We will discuss how various religious & spiritual worldview traditions encourage rest. This panel hopes to offer big-picture philosophical and theological teachings on rest, and practical rituals that may inspire your own routine. 

Explore All Saints' Day (Christian)
November 1

All Saints' Day is an opportunity for Christians to remember all saints, martyrs, and loved ones who have passed. Observances include: attending church services, praying for the dead, visiting cemeteries, eating soul cakes, lighting candles, 

Read more about All Saints and All Souls' Days

Ideas for practicing All Saints' Day at home

Find Peace on Election Day
November 3

Two important measures of a spiritual person are "Equanimity" (the extent to which one can find meaning in times of hardship), and an "Ethic of Caring" (a sense of care and concern about the welfare of others and the world around us). It seems that election season can exhaust both of these qualities-- even in the most spiritual among us!

Explore the resources below to find some peace on Election Day!

 Psychology Today: Consious Self-Care During Election Season

10 Percent Happier: Election Sanity Guide

CaPS Event: Post-election Burnout: Centering care for self while caring for the collective (November 5)

Explore Diwali
November 14, 2020

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. ne of the most popular festivals of Hindusim, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance." Bring light into your home with candles (or twinkle lights if you live on campus!). Mindfully clean your space. Consider trying a Diwali snack recipe

Culture Trip: 5 Diwali customs and traditions you should know about