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: understanding different ideas and individuals; treating all people with fairness and equity; developing the full potential in each person; supporting a range of teaching and learning styles; considering one’s responsibility to others; protecting the local and global environment; and, continually improving the educational process.  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 regularly meets 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, any pertinent guest speakers who are invited to the campus.  In the fall semester, discussion during the first month focuses on any spiritual themes that are identified within the book that is being used for the First Year Student Required Summer Reading.  In this way, students who are new to Menlo have an additional opportunity for integration into the larger campus community.  During the spring semester, the book that is utilized for 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:

  • Christian Athletes Council                       
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Jewish Student Club                                   
  • Venture Christian Club (currently, Menlo REACH)

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 means “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 ongoing community service commitments include: the All Faith House Project at Habitat for Humanity, 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 is by no means comprehensive, and is alphabetized to provide basic information about communities that are noteworthy because of their nearby proximity to campus and their specific outreach to the college student population.

Congregation Etz Chayim

4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto
Torah Study: Saturdays at 9:00 am
Shabbat Services: Friday evenings at 7:30 pm and Saturday mornings at 10:00 am
Please visit for more information

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
Weekend Worship Services: Saturdays at 5 pm; Sunday at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am
“Sanctuary” Interdenominational Young Adult/College Student Ministry:  Sundays at 7:05 pm
Please visit for more details about meeting locations

Palo Alto Buddhist Temple

2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto
Services: Sundays at 10:00 am
Please visit for more information

St. Raymond Church

1100 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
Weekend Masses: Saturdays at 5:15 pm; Sundays at 8:00 and 10:00 am
Weekday Masses: Monday through Saturday at 8:00 am
Confessions: Saturday, 4:00 – 4:45 pm
Please visit for more information

Sunnyvale Hindu Temple & Community Center

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

Yaseen Foundation, the Muslim Community Association of the Peninsula

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

Web Resources

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