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Faith Resources

Menlo College is committed to supporting the growth and development of the whole person. Moreover, it is recognized that the college experience can offer students an important opportunity to explore their inner lives for purpose and meaning. The college’s Mission Statement is based on the following core values

Consistent with these institutional core values, Menlo recognizes the value of all religious traditions, and provides information about several local faith communities that have been identified due to their proximity to campus and their specific outreach to the college student population. Additionally, all interested individuals are welcome to come together in various venues for a time of regular discussion, celebration and ongoing community service.

Meditation Room

We support all faiths and religions on campus, and offer students a private space for prayer or meditation, available in the Student Union. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Student Union will be operating under a limited schedule, but you may call Menlo Security to be let into that space for up to 30 min at a time.

Faith Based Student Clubs

Community Service
All of the prominent spiritual traditions recognize the value of compassion, and emphasize the basic connection between serving God and serving others. The word compassion is derived from the Latin words, pati and cum, which together mean “to suffer with.” All of the faith traditions at Menlo recognize the demonstration of compassion as the call to enter into places of pain and injustice.

Regular community service opportunities are undertaken with the intention of serving the needs of the weak, vulnerable and powerless. Examples of on-going community service commitments include: the All Faith House Project at Habitat for Humanity in Silicon Valley, the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo County and Samaritan’s Purse.


Information About Local Faith Communities
By virtue of being located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Menlo College is fortunate to be in close proximity to many faith communities that represent religious traditions from all over the world. The following list provides basic information about noteworthy communities located near campus and their specific outreach to the college student population. The list is alphabetical and by no means comprehensive.

Congregation Etz Chayim
4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto
Please visit www.etzchayim.org for more information.

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
Please visit www.mppc.org for more details about meeting locations.

Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto
Please visit www.pabt.org for more information.

St. Raymond Church
1100 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
Please visit www.straymondsparish.org for more information.

Sunnyvale Hindu Temple and Community Center
450 Persian Drive , Sunnyvale
Please visit www.sunnyvaletemple.org for more information.

Yaseen Foundation, the Muslim Community Association of the Peninsula
621 Masonic Way, Belmont
Please visit www.yaseen.org for more information.


Web Resources
The following web sites are also sources of information regarding topics of spirituality and faith:

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