Religion and spirituality

Learning about or joining a spiritual practice can help you feel connected to a greater purpose—something bigger than yourself.

The importance of spirituality

Spirituality is as important to student health as regular exercise and good eating habits. It is not limited to mono- or poly-theistic religions, and can be described as the means by which a person may find the core of their being, their values, and the big picture. 

Spirituality is also thought of as having a connection to those around you, your environment, and the universe that affects the way you perceive the world and is a force of inspiration. It can help you solve problems with a greater sense of happiness, inner peace, and understanding, contributing to living a more fulfilled student life.

Spiritual practices

Spiritual practices may include: 

  • Participating in a religious community
  • Joining a Humanist organization
  • Meditation, prayer, ceremony, or contemplation
  • Writing in a journal, playing music, painting
  • Activities to let your creativity flow and allow you to become more comfortable with yourself
  • Community involvement and volunteering

Spiritual resources

  • Chaplains at UBC
    If you’re curious about a specific faith or want to talk to someone in the religious community on campus, find a chaplain at UBC.
  • Multifaith prayer rooms
    UBC provides multifaith prayer rooms for UBC Vancouver students of all faiths to pray, meditate, reflect or find quiet on campus.
  • Student-run organizations
    The AMS has a list of student-run religious organizations on campus if you’re interested in joining a club and talking to peers about beliefs and spirituality.