Spiritual Wellbeing

May 23, 2024

Don’t forget to use your Spiritual Wellbeing Leave before August 31, 2024.  As part of Baylor’s campuswide Spiritual Wellbeing initiative, all eligible Baylor staff received 8 hours per year of time off dedicated to use for purposes of Spiritual Wellbeing. As of January 31, Baylor employees have collectively utilized 3,572 amount of Spiritual Wellbeing hours to further their mental, physical, and holistic health.  We encourage everyone to utilize this time prior to end of August. The spring season often offers opportunities for spiritual renewal through a variety of activities.

Are you still looking for ways to take your leave?  The spring season often offers opportunities for spiritual renewal through a variety of activities.  Please see the suggestions below:

  • Volunteer with a food drive or meal service (ex: Shepherd’s HeartMeals on Wheels Waco, etc.).  Many organizations that provide food security services often need increased help during the holidays.
  • Set aside time for Lenten or Easter devotionals.
  • Assist your church or neighbor with spring cleaning or gardening.  Many churches and families like to celebrate the spring holidays with fresh spaces and foliage. 
  • Enter the spring season with a time of reflection.  Spend time on a nature walk reflecting on seasons of change and the wonders of God’s beautiful creations on Earth.

Read more about how one of your colleagues has spent their Spiritual Wellbeing Leave so far this academic year and what this benefit means to them.

"I purposefully planned my Spiritual Wellbeing around the theme of “Love” by reading Old and New Testament books Zephaniah and Philemon; “Chasing Vines- Finding your way to an immensely fruitful life” by Beth Moore; and listening to soundtracks including “Your Love” by Blessing Offor gave me a heart-focused experience to hear God’s voice within scripture, words, music, and lyrics. Quiet prayerful time of reflection flowed with newfound perspective. Grateful to Baylor for those blessed moments."

-Dr. Dana Lee Haines, Financial Services

Spiritual Wellbeing results from our communion with God and greatly supports our mental health.  Baylor University encourages staff to use this benefit to further these endeavors in a way that is most meaningful to you personally.  You can find more information about Spiritual Wellbeing Leave at this webpage.  We would love to hear about your experience utilizing Spiritual Wellbeing Leave.  Please contact Human Resources at Human_Resources@baylor.edu to share your story.