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McMaster Okanagan Office of Health & Well-being

Prioritizing Optimal Health & Well-being at McMaster

Spirituality and Health & Well-being

Spiritual health and well-being includes expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life. It encourages spiritual reflection on values, identity, worldview, meaning-making, and personal development, and the effort to serve and live from these values on campus, within a diversity of cultures and faiths, and in society.

How is spirituality related to health?

Some research shows a connection between your beliefs and your sense of well being. Positive beliefs, comfort, and strength gained from religion, meditation, and prayer can contribute to well being. It may even promote healing. Improving your spiritual health may not cure an illness, but it may help you feel better.

McMaster Spiritual Resources

McMaster University Multifaith Resources Link to website

The McMaster Multifaith Resources website is an idea that started with the Interfaith Issues Working Group of the President’s Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community, also known as PACBIC.  PACBIC works to advance the University’s 3rd strategic goal: “building an inclusive community with a shared purpose.”

The Interfaith Issues Working Group is mandated to:

  1. make recommendations on emerging interfaith issues on campus.
  2. establish suitable interfaith gathering and prayer spaces on campus
  3. consider ways to ensure that reasonably priced and diverse food choices are available to all members of the campus community, including choices for those with specific religious dietary requirements.

McMaster Brighter World Spiritual Articles