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American University-Kay Spiritual Life Center

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American University

Spiritual Space

Kay Spiritual Life Center

Work Type

Multi-faith Center


North end of the central quadrangle, Washington D.C.


Dedicated in 1965


A circular building with narrow stained glass windows of abstract design (representing the Creation, no iconography) and wooded pews, raised platform (altar). Has a pipe organ in the main chapel. Used for worship, lectures, and musical performances. Religious Life groups that use the center include: Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish (including Hillel), Islamic, and Unitarian Universalist.

Seating Capacity

300 in main chapel, Kay Lounge seats 30 in circle of chairs, 60 for theatre, 20 classroom; kitchen accommodates 100.

Other Spaces in Facility

Kay Lounge for events, lectures and services. Two meditation chapels, a sacristy, and storage for altar furnishings (all on casters). Muslim Prayer Room in lower level of Kay Center. Kitchen on site.

Religious Life Staff


(c)American University

Image Source

American University



“American University-Kay Spiritual Life Center,” Spiritual Spaces, accessed January 15, 2019, http://omeka.wellesley.edu/spiritualspaces/items/show/13.