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Remembering Nelson Mandela

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
― Nelson Mandela 

Grinnell gathers at noon Thursday, Dec. 12 in Herrick Chapel to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life and mourn his passing.

“Nelson Mandela’s greatest gift to South Africa was reconciliation,” says George Drake ’56, professor emeritus of history and former Grinnell President.Apartheid brutally oppressed people of color, but Mandela convinced a nation to forget the past and live for the future, thus freeing both black and white to move forward as one nation.”

“Remembering Nelson Mandela” will include speakers Drake, Associate Professor Elizabeth Prevost, and Larry Boateng Asante ’17, a student from Ghana.  


The Chaplain's Office supports and leads the following activities:

Council on Religious Life

Pre-Seminary Group

Black Church at Grinnell

Social Justice Action Group (SJAG)

Chaplain's Office

The Chaplain's Office offers assistance to anyone looking for places for worship, for involvement in religious student groups, and spiritual or renewal opportunities in and around Grinnell. Our goal is help students find resources for worship, prayer or renewal in whatever tradition they currently practice as well as assist them in exploring traditions and opportunities for beginning a faith or spiritual journey. Let us know how we can help you get connected.

Explore Religious and Spiritual Life


The Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice and several related groups will be at Grinnell Fest from 2:30 to 5 p.m., Aug. 28, at Younker Court, the lawn between Younker Hall and the Rosenfield Center. Visit booths to learn about student groups and local organizations, sign up for mailing lists, and learn about their activities and services.

Religious and spiritual life opportunities include the chance to:

Visit with the staff of the CRSSJ.

  • Sign up for information about student-lead religious or spiritual groups on campus.
  • Learn about the programs / opportunities through the CRSSJ such as: 
  • Community meal,
  • Interreligious dialogues,
  • Grinnell advocates,
  • Messiah sing,
  • High Holy Day events, and
  • The list goes on... .
  • Take home a trinket or two.

Sponsors include the Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice, Chalutzim, Muslim Student Association, Grinnell Advocates, and Social Justice Action Group.



2016 Grinnell Prize Winners

The power of words and language to effect positive change in individuals and societies is the focus of the 2016 Grinnell Prize, the largest monetary award presented by a U.S. college recognizing achievements in social justice.

Social Justice Student Organizations

Social Justice Action Group (SJAG)

The Social Justice Action Group is committed to working directly towards peace, justice, and positive social change; which includes fighting hunger, promoting volunteerism, and building understanding. We have a focus on making an impact on and strengthening relationships within our local community of Grinnell, while keeping in perspective the national and global issues of social justice in the world at large.

Projects sponsored/coordinated by SJAG:

  • Community Meal

  • Rake-a-Thon

Community Meal

Sept. 2, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Sept. 9, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Sept. 16, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Sept. 23, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Sept. 30, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Oct. 7, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Oct. 14, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Oct. 21, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Oct. 27, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Nov. 4, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Nov. 11, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Nov. 18, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Nov. 25, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Dec. 2, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Dec. 9, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Dec. 16, 2014 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm