The Numen Lumen Pavilion receives its name from this university’s historic motto, a Latin phrase for “spiritual light” and “intellectual light.” The multi-faith center will be a place for prayer, meditation and reflection in the heart of campus. Affirming the university’s commitment to the development of mind, body and spirit and respect for differing religious and spiritual traditions, the center will encourage campus dialogue and promote interfaith collaboration.
The two-story building will feature a circular sacred space adjoined by a multipurpose room, a meditation room, a classroom, meeting and study rooms, and offices of the Vera Richardson Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. An outdoor meditation garden will be located between the Numen Lumen Pavilion and the Gray Pavilion.
Elon University President Leo M. Lambert cites charity, justice, hospitality, reconciliation and understanding as some of the values the Numen Lumen Pavilion will represent. “Imagine the unending possibilities we can create at this university when we act on those values,” Lambert said.
Construction consists of concrete foundations, steel framing, metal stud wall construction with brick façade, extensive exterior trim details, shingled roof system over metal trusses, and a copper-roofed rotunda. Interior finishes are comprised of drywall, slate tile, wood flooring, and carpet throughout.