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
Religious life is also designed to encourage students to
widen their understanding of and respect for traditions different from their
Each religious life offering is welcoming, educational, and
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.
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.