Purpose and Policies

Bonnier Multifaith Center

Purpose:

Given the growing religious diversity of the Gustavus community, the Bonnier Multifaith Center gives people a beautiful space within which to practice their religion, deepen their spirituality, and learn about the commitments and practices of people from traditions different from their own. The Office of the Chaplains equips students to connect faith and spirituality with their learning and life so that they will be prepared to live and lead in a religiously diverse world. The Bonnier Multifaith Center is a transformative asset for bringing attention to this important work and for advancing the College’s commitment to diversify and expand the Gustavus community.

Policies:

  • The Bonnier Multifaith Center is a space on campus where all may practice their spiritual and religious beliefs free of judgment and discrimination. All traditions are respected in this space and so the following set of policies should be followed by all those who hope to utilize this space. 
    • When the center is reserved and in use, please do not enter the main room of the Bonnier Multifaith Center, unless it is an emergency. I
    • Please show respect and keep the space clean. After each use please return any items to their original location and if necessary sweep the floor. 
    • Please remove all trash and recycling from the room.
    • No food or drink is allowed in the Bonnier Multifaith Center. 
    • No artwork is to be displayed by any person or group without prior approval by the Office of the Chaplains. In addition, any art to be hung on the walls, even temporarily, must follow guidelines to avoid damaging the walls. 
    • Please wear only clean shoes in the space. Leave other shoes outside the door or clean them on the mats outside.
    • The ablution stations are for ritual cleansing and washing.
    • Please treat all ritual items with respect, including meditation cushions. Use prayer rugs only with prior approval from the Muslim Student Association. Yoga mats may be used by anyone. None of the ritual supplies--including meditation cushions and yoga mats--may be removed from the Multifaith Center. 
    • Respect the sacredness of the space and the sacred texts that may be stored in the space.
    • To reserve the space, contact Lynn Glarner at lglarne@gustavus.edu
    • To preserve the special character of the space, please refrain from studying or holding ordinary meetings in the Multifaith Center, whether reserved or not.