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Spiritual Development

Spirituality is an important part of life at Nebraska Methodist College. As a school created in 1891 through the efforts of Methodist deaconesses, we couldn't be prouder of our institutional heritage of Christian faith and service.

We continue to embody this identity today through our core values of caring, excellence, holism, learning, and respect, alongside the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church, which guide and inspire our mission to positively influence the health and well-being of our community.

Spirituality is ultimately, to borrow from Ronald Rolheiser, about what we do with the fire inside us, how we channel the life-pulse that drives each of us. 

Put another way, spirituality is about our deepest passions, desires and beliefs and how we put those into practice in our lives.  Spirituality gives us a sense of who we are, where we came from, where we are going and what sense there is in all of this.

Viewed through this lens, spirituality is for everyone because it engages us with life's big questions about identity, meaning, purpose and place in the world. 

Students at NMC will be challenged to think about these ultimate questions, not in an effort to tell them what to think, but to reflect and grow in their own understanding, beliefs, values and vocation - that is, a student's sense of purpose or calling as a healthcare professional.

For some students, this process will be explicitly religious and always include their faith lives and relationship with God; for others, the process will be more about self-discovery and finding personal meaning in life and in work.  A variety of voices and perspectives helps us all to learn and grow in important ways, so we welcome and encourage both ends of the spectrum, and everything in between!

We want all students, faculty, and staff to engage spirituality during their time here, but we also want to practice it each and every day at the College. We strive to create a community where everyone feels supported and cared for, heard and respected.

Pastoral care is an important aspect of spirituality at NMC and the Director of Spiritual Development is available to provide support through listening and conversing on any issue, offering spiritual guidance and promoting reflection, self-awareness and holistic well-being. 

Care for students in crisis is a critical part of spiritual development at NMC, alongside the promotion of spiritual well-being and self-care among students in their everyday lives.