Student Religious and Spiritual Groups

Student religious group at an outdoor event on campus. Click to learn more about student religious groups.Hendricks Chapel is home to all student religious and spiritual groups on campus. These groups span a wide range of diverse religious traditions and spiritual interests. Participation in religious groups is open to all students.

A student religious group stands around a table packing care packagesWhile each religious group serves a particular faith constituency, the religious groups work together as part of the Student Assembly of Interfaith Leaders (SAIL). Their mission is to be the greenhouse for leaders of all backgrounds, and the incubator for leaders of all future promise.

All religious groups support and live out the Hendricks Chapel Ethical Framework that calls upon each chaplaincy and religious group to honor the religious freedom, human dignity, conscience, personal spiritual welfare and the religious tradition of every person to whom they minister.

Information about each student religious group is available through their website or social media accounts. For questions and more information, email chapel@syr.edu or call 315.443.2901.

Chaplain JoAnn Cooke is spiritual advisor to Quaker and Atheist students. Contact her at jmcooke@syr.edu to learn more or for support.

Adventist Christian Fellowship

Adventist Christian Fellowship provides Bible-based spiritual fellowship and mentoring for all students, staff and faculty who are seeking a closer walk with God. Through friendship, outreach and campus service, the fellowship shares its love in the community. Our fellowship nurtures students and provides them a home away from home.

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Alpha Phi Omega

Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-educational service fraternity based in the principles of leadership, friendship and service. The SU/ESF chapter seeks to set the standard for college campus-based volunteerism. APO strives to help each member develop leadership skills, secure lasting friendships,and provide service to others.

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For more information about our chapter, visit the APO website.

Baha’i Student Club of Syracuse University

The Baha’i Faith is an independent world religion. Its more than 5 million adherents in more than 200 countries and territories in the world follow the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, such as the oneness of God, the essential unity of the world’s major religions, and the oneness of mankind.

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For more information, visit the Baha’i Faith website.

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Bible Study Ministries

Our mission is to support Chinese students at Syracuse University by helping them with their transition to American culture and providing an opportunity for them to learn about Christianity in a culturally appropriate context.  We also seek to encourage students toward a balanced academic and social experience during their years of attendance at Syracuse University.

We meet on Friday evenings to share an authentic Chinese meal, worship God, listen to his Word and share in discussions about life and faith.

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For more information, like the Bible Study Ministries on Facebook.

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Brothers And Sisters In Christ All Nations

Brothers And Sisters In Christ brings together brothers and sisters in Christ from all nations, denominations, churches and campus groups at Hendricks Chapel for joint worship and intercession for personal and campuswide revival. By God’s grace, we have experienced many breakthroughs and have continued non-stop for more than four years even through campus breaks and winter storms!

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Buddhist Meditation Association

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Learn more with this introductory video from BMA President, Rosalie Turner ’23 (SUNY-ESF)!

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Weekly Meetings:

The Buddhist Meditation Association meets every Sunday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Small Chapel for meditation, tea, and discussion.  On the first Sunday of each month, all are welcome to an open BMA Club meeting.

Meditation Schedule

Led by senior practitioners, Zen Center of Syracuse, and by experienced students.
No experience necessary, all faith traditions welcome.

Also visit the Zen Center of Syracuse, 266 W. Seneca Turnpike, www.zencenterofsyracuse.org. For program schedule, call 315.492.9773.

Campus Bible Fellowship

Biblical counseling available. Individual Bible study, special events, transportation to church and other Bible studies also available.

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Weekly Meetings:

  • Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel, Chaplains’ Suite, lower level

Campus Connect

Campus Connect, along with the Lutheran Chaplaincy, provides opportunities to get involved in the Syracuse community, particularly with refugee and other underserved populations. Students engage in fun team-building activities and club dinners.

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For more information, visit the Lutheran Campus Ministry website.

Catholic Association at Syracuse University

The Catholic community at Syracuse University/SUNY ESF works with the Roman Catholic chaplaincy to coordinate activities that promote a safe haven for all students of faith while educating them on how to live their beliefs in a college environment. Please join us at Masses or in the small groups to become an integral part of our community.  Gatherings are held at the University’s Catholic Center, 110 Walnut Place, or Hendricks Chapel.

  • Sunday Masses: 10:30 a.m. at Catholic Center, limited to 55 due to COVID-19; 1 p.m. at Hendricks Chapel, limited to 75.
  • Tuesday/Thursday: Fr. Gerry’s office hours (Confession with no appointment necessary), 2-4 p.m. at Hendricks Chapel in the Small Chapel, lower level.
  • Wednesday: “20-minute” Mass at Hendricks Chapel at 12:10 p.m. and Fr. Gerry’s office hours, 1-2 p.m. at the Catholic Center.
  • Thursday Dinners: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. after 7 p.m. Mass at the Catholic Center (due to COVID-19, pre-registration is required, sign up at Sunday Mass).
  • Small faith-sharing groups: Register by contacting Campus Minister Jeremiah Deep (jedeep@syr.edu).

We also have service, opportunities, retreats and community-building events. Check out the SU Catholic website for more details or to sign up.

Chabad House Jewish Student Center

“The warmest place away from home”

Chabad House Jewish Student Center serves Syracuse University and the campuses of Central New York, with religious services, educational and social programming. “Have Shofar, will travel,” Sukkah Mobile, Simchat Torah Dancing, Giant Traveling Chanukah Menorah, Purim Blast, International Student Shabbaton in NYC, Passover Seders and birthright Israel are among the many programs offered by Chabad House.

Chabad House Jewish Student Center is the address for a Kosher properly handwritten Mezuzah, Tefillin, Shabbat Candles, A Siddur and anything Jewish. It’s the home for every Orange Jew.

Contact:

  • Rabbi Yaakov Rapoport and Chanie Rapoport, Executive Directors
    Chabad House Lubavitch
    825 Ostrom Ave.
    Syracuse, NY
    315.424.0363
    chabad@syr.edu

For a full updated schedule, visit the Chabad House website.
Find us on Facebook: Chabad House at Syracuse University.

Weekly Meetings:

  • Weekly Friday service during fall and spring at 7 p.m.; during winter at 6 p.m., followed by free Shabbat dinner.  RSVP on the Chabad House Facebook page, by email, or call 315.424.0363.
  • Shabbat morning Minyan: Saturday, 10:30 a.m., followed by free Shabbat lunch

Christian Outreach

Christian Outreach is a service-learning organization that provides community service opportunities, Bible studies, workshops and alternative spring break trips. Our aim is to love God, serve Others and share Christ.

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Weekly Meetings:

  • Tuesdays, 8-9:30 p.m.
    Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel

During each semester we will offer training for various types of community service and investigative Bible studies.

Christian Science College Organization

The CS Organization holds weekly meetings throughout the semester and all are welcome. The meetings are informal and consist of prayer, and readings from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Participants are encouraged to discuss how the application of prayer has helped them or others during the past week.

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Weekly Meetings:

  • Thursdays at 1 p.m. in the Small Chapel, lower level of Hendricks Chapel

Cru

“A caring community, passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ.”

Cru is an interdenominational group seeking to glorify Jesus. Irrespective of your religious background and regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey, we invite you to come explore life’s biggest questions with us. We meet on Thursdays as a large group to worship God, listen to His Word, and enjoy each other’s friendship and share what God is doing in our lives. Throughout the week we also meet in smaller groups to study the Bible and share life together. For more information, like the Syracuse Cru Facebook page.

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Weekly Meetings:

  • Mondays, 8:30 p.m., Main Chapel in Hendricks Chapel

Engaging Culture Group

“Exploring together what really matters most in life!”

Engaging Culture Group is a Christian faith-based organization that is open to all who desire an interactive exploration of shared ideas and thinking. Our gathering is friendly, casual and with sweet treats (free) provided.

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes offers students, athletes, coaches and University staff an opportunity to learn more about God’s love for them and how it can positively affect their daily lives.

Our weekly Tuesday meeting consists of food, relationship building and an inspiring message about knowing and growing in Christ. We also offer small group Bible studies as an additional way to develop spiritual maturity.

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Weekly Meetings:

  • Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Zoom. For more information and to join the team, contact William Payne at wpayne@fca.org or Michelle Malara at mmalara@fca.org.

Glorify God

Glorify God is an organization run by students seeking to glorify Jesus by representing the ideas of faith, love and hope as it is mentioned in the Bible. Our goal is to find and create opportunities for students to connect with other students on campus, as well as members of the City of Syracuse community, in ways that strengthen our faith and prepare us to share the Gospel with others.

We are founded from a range of members belonging to different church denominations and different ethnicities, but have the central idea that Jesus Christ is Our Lord and Savior. We support and encourage students to live out their faith on campus through activism, service events and worshiping Christ.

We see the spiritual needs of our campus. We seek to unite students from all different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in living a healthy, biblical lifestyle, as interpreted in the Christian Faith.

Contact:

  • Elder Melvin Baker, Historically Black Church Chaplaincy Chaplain
    315.395.0466 (Cell)
    msbaker@syr.edu

Hillel Jewish Student Union

The Hillel Jewish Student Union (HJSU) creates a diverse and comfortable Jewish community at Syracuse University through programming, leadership opportunities and interpersonal relationships.  The HJSU cultivates relevant and relatable programming around the arts, social justice, Israel, Jewish identity and positive Jewish role models in order to empower the current and future generations of Jewish leadership on campus.

HJSU hosts events like Passover Seder in the stadium, Israel Fest and Shabbat services (5 p.m.) and delicious kosher Shabbat dinners (6 p.m.) every Friday throughout the academic year at the Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life (located at 102 Walnut Place).  Shabbat with the Hillel community is a wonderful way to relax and recharge with old and new friends at the end of the week! Hillel also hosts services, meals and programming for Jewish holidays.

You can learn about all of our events, programs and leadership opportunities on our website:  www.syracusehillel.org.

And stay up-to-date with Hillel on our social media!
Facebook:  Syracuse Hillel
Instagram:  @syracusehillel

The Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life
102 Walnut Place
Syracuse, NY 13210
315.422.5082
hillel@syr.edu

Hindu Students Association

The Hindu Students Association (HSA) focuses on bringing Hindu culture and traditions to the Syracuse University campus. HSA seeks to foster an environment of Hindu spirituality through an open community. We host celebrations for major holidays like Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi.

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Hope Christian Student Fellowship

Hope Christian Student Fellowship (Hope CSF) is a multicultural group open to both domestic and international students. The purpose of Hope CSF is twofold: 1) to provide a warm, family-like community “home”; and 2) to provide a worshiping community for Christian students. Hope CSF is a “Home away from home” and a “House of Worship.” For this purpose, our gatherings always include warm welcomes, good fellowship and lots of great food. Everyone is welcome to the Hope family!

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Weekly Meetings:

  • Fridays, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom: “Read John Together” online small group Bible study. Contact Director Jee Hae at jsong11@syr.edu for Zoom link.

For more information about Hope family, visit their Facebook page or Instagram profile.

Impact Movement at Syracuse University

Our mission is to equip Black students to become disciples of Jesus Christ who integrate their faith into every aspect of their lives. Through evangelism, discipleship, and study of the Bible, every student involved is challenged to enthusiastically embrace and critically understand their identity as integral to the ministry of the Gospel on campus, in the community and throughout the world.

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For more information follow us on Instagram: @cuseimpact. 

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Latter-day Saint Student Association

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L.I.F.E. @ Syracuse University

L.I.F.E. stands for Love Is For Everyone.  We want all student to have the chance to experience Jesus’s love, which is for everyone.

We are a non-denominational Christian group interested in taking a critical look at spiritual concepts and principles from the Bible. We host small group discussions and individual Bible studies to understand the value and application of these principles to our communities, both local and global, as well as in our individual lives. We believe that the teachings of Jesus and the Bible have the power to not only change lives but transform the world when lived out with conviction in the hands of leaders.

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…” (John 14:12)

We also host numerous other events on campus and in the community to strive to help students feel loved and like they have a home away from home.

L.I.F.E. is associated with the Syracuse International Christian Church.

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Muslim Students’ Association

The Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) builds and maintains a community for Muslims at Syracuse University and educates the campus community on Islam and contemporary Muslim issues.  The MSA introduces Islamic cultures, heritage and values for understanding and enriching human values.

Services offered and amenities available include a prayer room with ablution station, Friday Juma’h prayers at the Hendricks Chapel, and halal food service at Shaw dining hall.  The MSA also offers Eid dinners.

Visit the MSA website and send us a question via email at msaatsu@gmail.com.

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Mustard Seed Fellowship

Our mission is to bring together a multinational and multicultural body of students who share faith in Christ and to help them become more like Christ and become better servants of Christ.

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Contact hopegive@gmail.com for more information!

We also host two special events:

  • Semi-annual Praise and Worship
  • Annual Bible conference (January)

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

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Contact Rowan Ide at ride@syr.edu for information about weekly meetings and Sunday services.

Student Assembly of Interfaith Leaders

In partnership with Hendricks Chapel,

the Student Assembly of Interfaith Leaders (SAIL) intends to be a setting for students of all backgrounds, with the trust that such efforts will foster and support an inclusive, accessible campus community of opportunity for a richly diverse student body.

SAIL’s primary goals are:

  • To serve as a model for interfaith community and cooperation
  • To create and sustain programs and services for the campus and for our local community
  • To develop interfaith leaders
  • To strengthen all participating religious and spiritual life groups
  • Function as a student advisory committee for the dean of Hendricks Chapel

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Soka Gakkai International

Soka Gakkai International is based on the teachings and philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, which places the highest emphasis on the sanctity of life. Members seek, through their practice of Buddhism, to develop the ability to live with confidence, to create value in any circumstance and to contribute to the well-being of friends, family and community.

Our philosophy is rooted in the concept of “human revolution,” a process of inner transformation through Buddhist practice. It is a process that leads us to develop our character and to act not only for our personal fulfillment, but also for the betterment of society.

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Syracuse University Pagan Association

Syracuse University’s Pagan Association is SPIRAL. Student Pagan Information, Relations, and Learning (SPIRAL) provides a safe space for Pagans, Pagan-curious, and Pagan-friendly people to come together in community to discuss ideas, practice ritual, and to expand their knowledge of the many Pagan faith traditions.

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The Vineyard

The Vineyard student group gathers on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in Nifkin Lounge (SUNY-ESF). We have music, relevant teaching and discussion. We also believe that God wants to actively work among us in prayer, healing and prophesy. A couple times per semester we will engage in a community service project. The atmosphere is laid back and open to everyone!

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Contact btayl100@syr.edu for more information.