What is Spiritual Wellness?
Spiritual Wellness is taking the time to stop doing and start being. For some, spiritual wellness means participating in organized religion but for others, spirituality comes through mindfulness, connection to nature, or other reflective moments and activities. Spiritual wellness is personal, and can be described differently by each person but generally relates to one’s sense of purpose, life’s meaning, our relationship to other people, self-awareness, and connectedness.
Spirituality at The University of Tampa
The University of Tampa works to further strengthen UT students’ academic and personal development through character-building, spiritual development, and enhancing their understanding of world cultures and religions.
Although the University is independent and non-sectarian, religious/spiritual beliefs and practices are highly respected and encouraged. All spiritual organizations and local places of worship follow The University of Tampa's Spiritual Agreement of Mutual Respect and Understanding.
During the summer, the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values will have limited hours. The building will be open regularly Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Evening events can occur in the building over the summer when arranged at least two weeks in advance. A key holder or facilities attendant must be on duty for any evening event.
- Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values
- Prayer and Meditation Hours
- Religious Holy Days Calendar
- Religious Observance Letter
Faith, Values, and Spirituality Events
Released once a month during the academic year, the Faith, Values, and Spirituality Calendar provides the UT community with all spiritual organization meetings and campus events that are affiliated with UT spiritual organizations.
Sykes Chapel Booking
For more information about reserving rooms in the Sykes Chapel, please contact Facilities.
The Resource Team for Faith, Values, and Spirituality is a group of faculty, staff, and students that guide and assist with the programming efforts on The University of Tampa campus.
The following are the mission-based learning outcomes for the Faith, Values, and Spirituality program:
In the domain of character building, students will learn to:
- Make choices based on principles, beliefs, and values
- Identify and represent personal values
- Find or deepen their true vocation
In the domain of spiritual development, students will learn to:
- Develop and/or deepen their sense of purpose and meaning in life
- Seek enhanced self-awareness and identity through reflection
- Ask fundamental “why” questions to broaden their understanding of various world views
In the domain of enhancing understanding of world cultures and religions, students will learn to:
- Promote campus-wide understanding and enhance recognition of diverse spiritual beliefs in the broadest sense through dialogue, discussion, and personal discovery
- Seek out opportunities to learn about world cultures and religions
- Explore interfaith conversations
Religious denominations and churches that are relatively close to campus are listed on the HIFLD page and Church Angel.
Every spring semester, UT’s spiritual organization, Better Together, hosts an off-campus retreat to center yourself and reflect on your spiritual journey, connect with others by understanding their spiritual practices, and return to campus renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated. This retreat is free and open to all University of Tampa students; transportation and meals are included.
Better Together (Interfaith Cooperation, Education and Dialogue)
Better Together is a campaign that was started by the Interfaith Youth Core, a nonprofit organization out of Chicago, whose mission is to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Our focus is to educate the UT community on how to have interfaith dialogue and build religious pluralism.
Normal Hours of Operation:
Monday–Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer Hours of Operation:
Monday–Thursday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.