Places for Reflection and Worship

chapeltinyThe Little Chapel of Silence is located on the northwest corner of Town and Gown, just behind the SAS building, and is open from 6:30AM – 10:00PM, Monday through Friday. Since 1935 it has been a place for silent reflection, meditation, and prayer for the whole USC community. Anyone can write a prayer or reflection on a slip of paper to put in the prayer box, or write in the notebook provided on the front altar. The notebooks, when filled, are placed in the altar in the reception area of the Office of Religious Life for anyone to come and view. The prayer slips are collected and are read aloud and then ceremonially burned in a ritual held by the Interfaith Council twice a year. All are welcome to the Prayer Reading ceremony. Contact the ORL about the dates for the ceremony.

In The Little Chapel of Silence is a mural above the altar: The Trojan Trysting Tree. Based on traditions of trysting trees and stones from the British Isles, the brass plaque beneath the mural invites members of the USC community to make professions, or “trysts”, of love and commitment:

“Under the Trojan Trysting Tree
Come sit with me for a spell;
Beneath its branches hold my hand
And the truth of my heart I’ll tell.”

weeklytinyWeekly Mindfulness Meditation for faculty, staff, and students: Wednesdays, 12-12:40 pm at URC 202, University Religious Center. For information on many other opportunities for mindfulness meditation on campus: Mindful USC

URCThe Reverend Thomas Kilgore, Jr. Chapel of the Cross can be reserved for Christian groups by emailing kilgorechapel@gmail.com. See more about the chapel HERE.

URCThe Muslim Prayer Space is located on the second floor of the University Religious Center, and is open from 6:00AM – 10:00PM, seven days a week. Wudu facilities are in the bathrooms on the second floor.

i am crosses2URCThe Hindu Prayer Space is located on the second floor of the University Religious Center – go to the ORL office in rm 106 to get access.

the USC Caruso Catholic CenterThe USC Caruso Catholic Center, 844 W. 32nd St (at Hoover), is a block away from the north side of the USC campus: catholictrojan.org.

The United University ChurchThe United University Church is a progressive Christian Church in the Methodist and Presbyterian traditions, and is located inside campus at 817 West 34th Street.

For more information about using and reserving these spaces, please contact the Office of Religious Life, orl@usc.edu – 213-740-6110.