Faith Resources

SpiritCare at Menlo

Menlo College is committed to supporting the growth and development of the whole person. Moreover, it is recognized that the college experience can offer students an important opportunity to explore their inner lives for purpose and meaning. The college’s Mission Statement is based on the following core values:

Consistent with these institutional core values, SpiritCare at Menlo recognizes the value of all religious traditions, and provides information about several local faith communities that have been identified due to their proximity to campus and their specific outreach to the college student population. Additionally, all interested individuals are welcome to come together in various venues for a time of regular discussion, celebration and ongoing community service.

Soul Tending – An Interfaith Council

Soul Tending is a bi-monthly gathering of students, faculty, staff and alumni who assemble to discuss matters that are relevant to all faith traditions. All beliefs, including no belief, are welcome. The group meets regularly during the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month, and provides a venue for book discussion, personal reflection about recent community service experiences, the planning of events and activities that are jointly sponsored by the faith-based student clubs and guest speakers who are invited to the campus.

During the fall semester, discussion is focused on spiritual themes that are identified within the First Year Student Required Summer Reading List. In this way, students who are new to Menlo have an additional opportunity for integration into the larger campus community. During the spring semester, discussion varies.

Faith Based Student Clubs

Student Clubs are an important part of campus life at Menlo College. During the 2013-14 academic year, the following faith based clubs were registered with the Office of Student Affairs:

Community Service

All of the prominent spiritual traditions recognize the value of compassion, and emphasize the basic connection between serving God and serving others. The word compassion is derived from the Latin words, pati and cum, which together mean “to suffer with.” All of the faith traditions at Menlo recognize the demonstration of compassion as the call to enter into places of pain and injustice.

Regular community service opportunities are undertaken with the intention of serving the needs of the weak, vulnerable and powerless. Examples of on-going community service commitments include: the All Faith House Project at Habitat for Humanity in Silicon Valley, the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo County and Samaritan’s Purse.

Information About Local Faith Communities

By virtue of being located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Menlo College is fortunate to be in close proximity to many faith communities that represent religious traditions from all over the world. The following list provides basic information about noteworthy communities located near campus and their specific outreach to the college student population. The list is alphabetical and by no means comprehensive.

Congregation Etz Chayim

4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto
Torah Study: Saturdays at 9 AM
Shabbat Services: Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 10 AM
Please visit for more information.

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
Weekend Worship Services: Saturday at 5 PM and Sunday at 8, 9:30 and 11 AM
“Sanctuary” Interdenominational Young Adult/College Student Ministry: Sunday at 7:05 PM
Please visit for more details about meeting locations.

Palo Alto Buddhist Temple

2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto
Services: Sunday at 10 AM
Please visit for more information.

St. Raymond Church

1100 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
Weekend Masses: Saturday at 5:15 PM and Sunday at 8 and 10 AM
Weekday Masses: Monday through Saturday at 8 AM
Confessions: Saturday, 4 to 4:45 PM
Please visit for more information.

Sunnyvale Hindu Temple and Community Center

450 Persian Drive , Sunnyvale
Daily Aarti and Daily Puja
Please visit for more information.

Yaseen Foundation, the Muslim Community Association of the Peninsula

621 Masonic Way, Belmont
Weekly Friday Prayers
Please visit for more information.

Web Resources

The following web sites are also sources of information regarding topics of spirituality and faith:

Student Handbook

Menlo Student Handbook


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