Religious Diversity at Cornell

April 7, 2004

Source: The Cornell Daily Sun

On April 7, 2004 The Cornell Daily Sun reported, "Anabel Taylor Hall, built in 1894, still bears its founder, Myron C. Taylor's, statement of purpose on its stone walls:'Religion is the greatest force in the world today. Anabel Taylor Hall, as an interfaith center, is built on the simple conception that we are all believers in God and human liberty, and that people of all faiths must stand together for good and against evil.' Today, the building is the home of Cornell United Religious Work, which encompasses 25 faith communities. These religious groups, ranging from the United Pagan Ministries to Southern Baptist, provide students with opportunities for worship, guidance and interfaith dialogue. Judging from surveys that incoming freshman fill out each year, Cornell has a high amount of diversity in religious observance. Almost 70 percent of students identified themselves as associating with some religious tradition. Catholic was the most common religious preference, with 21.1 percent, and Jewish fell in second with 15.6 percent. These were followed by a number of Protestant denominations, and then Hindu and Buddhist. Cornell has always attempted to serve students of all faiths, from its beginnings as a school not associated with a particular denomination through the current day."