Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action

Partners For Peace

On the 10th  anniversary of 9/11, students lend a hand at a West Side church.
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Serving the Community

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For a recent service project at two area churches, members of Elmhurst’s football team painted walls, planted gardens, built pathways and more.

Student Stories

Finding Your Calling

Five students talk about how the Niebuhr Center helped them choose their path to a life of meaning and service.

The Value in Giving Back

There When You Need Them

Senior Phillip Lee, a criminal justice major from Chicago, worked with the Niebuhr Center to establish a chapter of the NAACP at Elmhurst.

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A Spiritual Life of Service

Do you feel called to serve the common good? Are you motivated by faith? And are you ready to fight social injustice in all its guises?

At the Niebuhr Center, you’ll find a community of Elmhurst students and others who have made a commitment to a spiritual life of service. The Center encourages social engagement among faith-motivated individuals from diverse religious backgrounds through a variety of programs and activities. Interfaith cooperation is an essential part of the Center's mission, so students of all religious traditions are welcome. We also welcome students from all fields of study; you don't have to be a religion major to participate in our programs.

Callings for the Common Good offers academic and field experiences for Elmhurst College undergraduate students exploring a call to service or ministry.

The Social Justice Program encourages Elmhurst students to share their concerns about injustice through workshops and discussions.

The Journey Continues offers a series of workshops designed to guide faith-motivated adults as they search for their life’s calling.

The Niebuhr Center is named in honor of two of Elmhurst's most esteemed alumni, theologians Reinhold (1910) and H. Richard Niebuhr (1912), whose commitment to social engagement informs the College's mission and vision to this day. A college of the United Church of Christ, Elmhurst calls on students of many faiths to confront moral questions and act on their social responsibilities within an open and demanding academic context.

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