Oberlin College is blessed with multiple sacred spaces. These include spaces specifically used for Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist religious practices, and other pleasant places for prayer and contemplation, including Tappan Square and the Arboretum.
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) coordinates the care and use of Fairchild Chapel, located in Bosworth Hall, 50 W. Lorain St., which is a multifaith house of worship used most often by Christian communities. Fairchild Chapel is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays for prayer and meditation and may also be scheduled through the ORSL for worship services, lifecycle rituals, and sacred music concerts. ORSL staff and affiliates are available to officiate at lifecycle rituals.
Talcott Hall is the home of the Kosher Halal Co-Op, an innovative program where Oberlin’s Jewish and Muslim communities cook and eat together according to religious and cultural dietary practices. Many students, faculty, and staff, including non-Jews and non-Muslims, frequently participate in the large Shabbat dinners on Friday nights and celebrations of Jewish and Muslim holidays here. Oberlin Hillel Shabbat services also take place in Talcott.
- The Muslim Prayer Room in Wilder Hall, Room 222 is the main prayer space for Oberlin's Muslim community. Communal prayer is held here every Friday afternoon when Oberlin is in session. The campus Muslim community is joined by local Muslims. The room also is available for prayer and study whenever Wilder Hall is open.
- This Meditation Room in Wilder Hall, Room 325 can be reserved at Wilder Desk by groups who wish to practice meditation. Communal meditation is held almost daily by the Oberlin Meditators (OM) group. Wilder Hall, Room 310 is also a meditation room that does not need to be reserved and is open whenever Wilder Hall is open.
To Reserve Space:
- Fairchild Chapel
- Lewis House - Multifaith Center
To make a reservation, please fill out this online form.