Numen Lumen Pavilion opens for community worship
The Numen Lumen Pavilion, located in the Academic Village at Elon University, is now open to students and other Elon community members. The pavilion was designed to support all religions and levels of spirituality.
The pavilion houses the Truitt Center and the Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society, as well as a large multi-purpose room and kitchen to provide student organizations a meeting place.
According to Jim Piatt, vice president for University Advancement, the construction of the multi-faith center aligns with the Elon Commitment, a strategic plan to enhance the university’s academic and residential environments.
“The pavilion is promoting Elon’s goal to create a diverse and peaceful community,” Piatt said.
“Numen Lumen” will be held in the multi-faith center every Tuesday during College Coffee. “Numen Lumen,” which means “spiritual and intellectual light,” is an event that will allow the campus community to unite and reflect on spiritual commitments and academic pursuits, according to the Office of Religious Life.
From 9:50-10:20 a.m., faculty, guest speakers and students will give presentations and join the community in prayer and meditation. The weekly event is open to all students and faculty members for a time of reflection and interfaith inspiration.
In addition to the sacred space provided for “Numen Lumen,” the pavilion houses offices for Chaplain Jan Fuller and other religious and spiritual life staff members, as well as and The Richard McBride Gathering Space, a multi-purpose room for dinners or speakers.
A student lounge, a small library, a classroom and prayer and meditation rooms are also open within the center, which is open to the community 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
“The advancement of diversity in this community is wonderful to see,” Piatt said. “We are excited for the future of the Numen Lumen Pavilion in the lives of Elon students and faculty.”