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Spirituality survey

At the Wilson Center we have been surveying all our visitors to get a better sense of their spiritual backgrounds and needs.

The survey is posted on the walls of the Wilson Center and is introduced by the following text: “Everyone has a spiritual life, whether they are religious or not.  At the Wilson Center we celebrate the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, but we also celebrate all forms of spirituality that are respectful and kind toward others.  As part of that celebration we invite you to answer any and all of the questions posted on the walls around the room that interest you.”

So far over 70 students from diverse faith backgrounds and student groups have participated in the survey.  If you want to take the survey online click on this link.

If you want to see the students’ responses to date, read on.  Next to some of the questions you will find a graphic representation of the students’ answers called a “wordle”.

May your 2014 be Spirit-filled!


Worlde answer to Question 1

Worlde answer to Question 1

Question 1  - What do you think of when you think of spirituality?

  • Inner Peace
  • The link between emotions and logic
  • The Beautyof Light!
  • All loving and compassionate
  • Faith
  • Understanding
  • The base of theology
  • Being at peace with self, others, world and nature
  • Peace and light (candles)
  • Ghosts
  • Spirituality could possibly be everything within us that can’t be considered physical, along with the relationship our spirit has with the Lord
  • Prayer
  • Peace
  • Connectedness
  • An all loving entity
  • Unquestionable faith and love
  • Peace, inclusion
  • Safety
  • Love
  • Namaste – it means the light in me honors the light in you
  • I feel as if I don’t know anything.  Maybe that’s what it’s about.
  • Faith
  • Grace

Wordle Answer to Question 2Question 2 – If someone asked you to list the “big” spiritual questions in life, what would you list?

  •  What happens after death?
  • Why does death exist?
  • What is my purpose in life?
  • What is the right path?
  • Why for me?
  • What is my purpose?
  • How can I ease other people’s pain?
  • Am I really happy?
  • Is it all real?
  • What is the Truth?
  • Where is God? (x2)
  • Why is there evil?
  • Can I have a peaceful relationship with anybody regardless of spiritual belief?
  • Why are we here? Is there a purpose?
  • What’s the meaning of life?
  • Why are we here? Why should we try?  How can I help?
  • Am I following God’s plan for me?
  • What is the purpose of life?

Worlde answer to question 3Question 3 – Did you grow up in any faith tradition?  If so, what parts of that tradition do you want to bring with you into college life or into your next life stage?  Are there any parts you want to leave behind?

  •  I didn’t grow up in any faith tradition, so I really love exploring different religions and ideologies from both an intellectual and spiritual stand point.
  • Advent Christian
  • Mormon – none
  • Catholic  – praying
  • Methodist – power of the potluck
  • Buddhist
  • Catholic, Congregationalist, Baptist, Methodist
  • Church of Christ
  • Methodist, but I’m agnostic
  • I grew up based on pagan and Wicca beliefs but never really practiced
  • Baptist
  • Methodist
  • You believe what you believe and I believe what I believe, so let’s be happy together
  • Congregationalist
  • UU/Progressive Christian
  • Catholic – keep the faith, leave the church (x2)
  • Some kind of Baptist/Catholic – I have had some bad times involving religion.  I want to leave all hate behind me.
  • Catholic
  • Anglican Christian
  • I didn’t grow up in any faith – trying to explore
  • Lutheran
  • Respect others (keep), Judge others by what they believe in (leave behind)
  • Baptist Christian and I wouldn’t leave anything behind
  • UCC
  • In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty, and in all things charity

Wordle answer to question 4Question 4 – Apart from religion, where have you found your spirituality or “quiet center” so far in life? What parts of those experiences would you like to bring with you into college or into your next stage of life?

  •  In music
  • Fishing
  • Playing lacrosse
  • Contemplating
  • Church
  • Friends and family
  • Playing music
  • The natural world
  • Hockey
  • Reading
  • Hiking in canyons
  • Going out to camp
  • Music
  • Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Writing
  • Viola
  • When I’m with my boyfriend.  He makes me feel like I have no problems and everything is going to be OK
  • Yoga
  • Growing and caring for plants
  • Academics/studying and fishing
  • Performing music and plays
  • Ukulele and physics class – all of it
  • Golfing
  • Reading
  • Camp and the farm
  • Playing basketball
  • Animals
  • Education
  • Helping people, animals/children, making jewelry
  • Reading/hunting
  • Surfing
  • I find peace when I spend more time alone talking to my God (sharing my random thoughts with my God)
  • Golfing and basketball
  • Choir
  • Music

Question 5 – If you were in charge of the Wilson Center what kind of worship services would you create? What would those services include? When would they happen?

  • Bible study (x2)
  • Tai-chi – it’s very spiritually moving (7pm Tuesdays)
  • I’d try to make a mix of all the major religions to see what it would be like
  • It’d be cool to try to experience a service of each type of religion
  • Communion for students
  • Discussion of topics discussed in the Bible
  • Meditation (x2)
  • Zen garden
  • Quaker meeting
  • A Bible Study and discussions on modern-day issues
  • Ecumenical gathering where people share insights
  • General discussion about life and what we think and how times differ from the Bible to now. Open area, something to look forward to
  • ^ I second that!

Question 6 – What other kinds of events would you build at the Wilson Center?

  •  Service projects
  • A night of all religions joining in prayer
  • Volunteering, safe passage?, music nights
  • Meet and greets
  • Movie night (x2)
  • Mission trips (x2)
  • Community/Worldly volunteering
  • Bingo
  • Craft night
  • Talent night
  • Volunteer projects
  • Community volunteering, helping anyone in any way