Religious Life at Lawrenceville

Religious life at Lawrenceville is visible and vital, designed so that students can deepen their own faith in the Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopal, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Quaker, and Sikh religious traditions.

Religious life is also designed to encourage students to widen their understanding of and respect for traditions different from their own.

Each religious life offering is welcoming, educational, and inclusive.

At Lawrenceville, we believe that the understanding of the religious dimension of life is essential to the secondary school education. Therefore, all students take at least two courses in the Religion and Philosophy Department, including Introduction to the Study of World Religions. Boarding students are required to attend two religious life offerings each term, while all students are encouraged to participate in the wide array of opportunities which reflect the multi-faith world in which we live.

Religious Life Council

The Religious Life Council (RLC) aims to nurture religious life at Lawrenceville by providing visibility for its strength and diversity, and to cultivate understanding and respect among religious traditions.  The RLC accomplishes this through regular meetings and lively exchanges, the very successful “What Matters To Me and Why” program, field trips, and co-sponsorships with other clubs and councils.  For example, the RLC sponsored a trip to Lincoln Center to hear the Dalai Lama and a series of conversations with the Gay Straight Alliance.  The RLC is convened by the School Chaplain and has student representatives from all the religious traditions and members-at-large. All students are welcome.

Interfaith Initiative

Lawrenceville's Interfaith Initiative, supported by the Mayrock Family Fund, is a School organization that serves as a consortium/meeting place for all Lawrenceville religious groups, clubs, leaders, clergy, and interested students, faculty, and staff to learn about and support each other's religions. The students and adult religious leaders meet regularly to share in a multi-faceted approach toward meaningful and deep conversations about each other’s religious beliefs and traditions.

Each year the group convenes at the start of the academic year to choose a theme to focus on for their annual discussions and programming. Past topics have included Jerusalem, religion and art, women and religion, and momentous events in religious history.