Religious and Spiritual Life

Bryn Mawr believes that faith and spirituality are a significant aspect of many students’ lives and that the free exercise of religion, as well as conversations among people with different world views, is integral to the educational mission of the College and to the quality of student life on campus. We strive to create and support spaces and programs on campus that facilitate religious and spiritual community-building, exploration, and inquiry. Our intent is to celebrate and empower Bryn Mawr’s diverse religious and spiritual community and to welcome interfaith dialogue.


On Bryn Mawr's Campus

Interfaith Chaplain Rabbi Nora Woods 

Student Interfaith Coordinator

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Katherine Santarpia
Katherine (she/her) is a junior at Bryn Mawr. She studies Spanish and political science with a minor in psychology and is fascinated by almost anything in the humanities and social sciences (sorry, STEM folk!). Katherine loves sloths, is friendly like a puppy, and is silly like a goose.

Kosher Kitchen Manager


Al Nash
Al (they/them) is in the class of 2023 at Bryn Mawr. They are a double major in Geology and Linguistics with a minor in Classical Culture and Society and love to talk about rocks and languages. Al enjoys baking (especially challah and babka) and listening to music. They're excited to help students connect to Judaism via kosher food!

As a nondenominational institution, Bryn Mawr does not employ or endorse any religious advisors, groups or representatives.  However, we extend hospitality and assistance to religious advisors and to student religious groups that serve the spiritual and religious needs of our student population. To see a listing of advisors and groups, click on the links at upper left.

Liaison to Religious Advisors

Any questions relating to religious advising at Bryn Mawr College, including but not limited to questions regarding the Guidelines and Code of Conduct, should be addressed to:

Vanessa Christman, Assistant Dean of the College for Access and Community Development
The Pensby Center
Phone: 610-526-6592

Employees of the College are free to hold and express their religious ideas and beliefs as individuals. They are not, however, to use their access to students through the College or their authority as College officials to promote any set of religious convictions or commitments. Attempts to do so should be reported to the Pensby Center or to the supervisor of the employee in question.

Local Places of Worship

We welcome you to visit these places of worship in the area surrounding Bryn Mawr College.

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Pensby Center for Community Development and Inclusion

Student Life and Wellness Building

Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

Phone: 610-526-6592
Fax: 610-526-6593