Lynn University breaks ground on the Snyder Sanctuary

Various elements will be used to reflect spiritual concepts from around the world
Lynn University breaks ground on the Snyder Sanctuary

Published Apr. 08, 2014

Snyder sancLynn University has broken ground on its multi-faith facility, the Snyder Sanctuary, on March 28. The building was made possible by a generous gift from Jamie S. and Stephen F. Snyder, vice chairman of Lynn University’s Board of Trustees.

The Snyder Sanctuary was designed by Newman Architects, who also designed the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center and the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Library on Lynn’s campus.

As part of Lynn University’s Dialogues of Learning curriculum, students take classes in three dialogues, including “Belief and Reason.” In addition to being exposed to religious texts like the Bible, Torah and Koran, students also study works by Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Martin Luther King Jr. and John Locke.

“The Snyder Sanctuary will provide our campus with a central place to continue to explore belief and reason, where we can all come together to appreciate and celebrate our religious and spiritual diversity,” said Lynn University President Kevin Ross.

A governing body will be created to follow the guidance set by the donors—it is to always be a sanctuary for people of all faiths, never favoring one creed over another. To help avoid any possibility of one faith being favored over another, there will be no religious iconography and no administrative office manned by clergy of any religion.


The Snyder Sanctuary draws on various elements to reflect a variety of concepts about spirituality found in cultures across the globe.

This vision wouldn't have been possible without the generous support from the Snyder family. In addition to the new sanctuary, they have also supported:

  • The "Snyder Idea Lab" in the International Business Center
  • The Snyder Scholar scholarship
  • The Wold Performing Arts Center
  • The Conservatory of Music

The facility is expected to be finished in the late fall. It will not be open to the public.