Religious Life

For Washington University in St. Louis students who would like to participate in a faith community, there are many student religious groups, and several churches and synagogues are within walking distance from campus.

The list of recognized student religious groups is maintained by the Washington University in St. Louis Interfaith Campus Ministries Association (IFCMA). You may request more information from specific groups by completing our religious interest form.

ACTS – Association of Christian Truth Seekers

A.J. Bennett
314-308-1746
actsaj@gmail.com
http://acts-stl.com/blog/
Association of Christian Truth Seekers (ACTS) offers free, home-cooked dinners and Bible studies that delve deep into the Word of God. Christian students, come to strengthen your commitments; others, join us in seeking understanding of God’s truth. ACTS is a family of friends from WashU and surrounding areas who strive to better serve our Lord and community. Together, we seek a truth of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world. Non-denominational group sponsored by McKnight Crossings Church of Christ.

Asian Christian Fellowship, Harambee and International Friends (part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA)

Cal Hsiao, Campus Staff for Asian Christian Fellowship
cal.hsiao@intervarsity.org
Will Chu, Campus Staff for Harambee
will.chu@intervarsity.org
Brenden Graczak, Campus Staff for International Friends
brenden.graczak@intervarsity.org
Ryan & Keli Weed, Campus Staff for Graduate Christian Fellowship
ryan.weed@intervarsity.org
http://www.intervarsity.org/
InterVarsity is an interdenominational national student movement that has three main chapters at Washington University. We share a common vision: to see the lives of students and faculty transformed, the campus renewed and world-changers developed. We welcome everyone as we seek to live out faith in practical ways and provide authentic communities centered around Jesus Christ.

Catholic Student Center (CSC)

Fr. Gary Braun
braun@washucsc.org
Troy Woytek, Director of Ministry
woytek@washucsc.org
Mark Zaegel, Campus Minister
zaegel@washucsc.org
6352 Forsyth Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-935-9191
http://www.washucsc.org/ and CSC Facebook page
The CSC provides a loving, supportive environment for students of all faiths to gather, study, converse, serve, pray and relax together. Mass at the CSC is on Sundays at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. and Fridays at 12:05 p.m. during the school year. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available 30 minutes before weekday masses.

If we haven’t already, we look forward to meeting you! At WashU, you’ll find a very active and vibrant Catholic community that offers so much more than most students even hoped to find! We hope that this faith community can be a home away from home for you, as it has been for so many students. Know that our professional campus ministry staff is always available to you. We love being able to walk with students in their journeys as they process new thoughts and experiences, wrestle with questions of faith, and discover what is truly life-giving. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can be a resource for you!

Chabad on Campus – Rohr Center for Jewish Life

Malka Abelev, JGrads Director
Gabrielle Blenden, JGrads Program Director
Glenna Gelfand, Office Manager
Esty Munk, Director of STL Area Campuses
Chana R. Novack, Director
Rabbi Hershey Novack, Director and Senior Campus Rabbi
Rachel Philipp, Director of COAST
Chabad House
7018 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-721-2884
hello@chabadwashu.org
http://www.chabadwashu.org/
https://www.facebook.com/ChabadWashU and https://www.facebook.com/JGradsSTL
Chabad is a vibrant and inclusive community, proudly serving undergraduate and graduate students at Washington University. We host weekly Shabbat dinners that typically attract more than 125 students; our holiday programs are attended by hundreds more. We are proud to have facilitated Birthright Israel trips for over 1000 Washington University students. The Chabad Student Association gives students the opportunity to construct and direct social programs, educational classes, Holocaust remembrance events, and even cooking demonstrations!As a part of the campus safety net, Chabad professionals also provide guidance, referral, and chaplaincy, including hospital visits. Though the JGrads initiative, we build a sense of community among graduate students at WashU and throughout St. Louis. Chabad attracts a wonderful group of young people of diverse backgrounds and varying levels of religious observance, and we hope to meet you soon!

Christian Science Organization

All WashU students and faculty are invited to participate in our weekly meetings. We gather informally to discuss the significance and healing effect of spirituality in current affairs, in student life, and in one’s personal experience. Meetings are held on campus, but the time and place may vary with the semester. Please contact one of the names below for more information.
Cecily Hibbs, student president of CSO, 612-865-3699, chibbs@wustl.edu
Mary-Jean Cowell (faculty contact), 314-852-6586, mjcowell@wustl.edu

Coalition for Christian Outreach (EPC)

Cole Lescher, CCO Campus Minister
C: 865-228-2769 || W: 314-854-0185
clescher@centralpres.com
CCO is a campus ministry called Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO). We are partnered with the Central Presbyterian Church (EPC).
We seek to live out the message of Jesus in every square inch of our lives and participate with God in the restoration of all things. We do this by getting to Know God and being transformed by His word, Being Known by others through community and service, being discipled as lifelong followers of Jesus, and Making Him Known in whatever vocation or space God has placed us. We meet on Thursday nights in the Danforth University Center at 8 p.m. If you want to learn more about us (service times, Bible studies, service opportunities, free meals, and much more!) please visit either ccocentral.org or our Facebook page for more information.

Episcopal Campus Ministry (Rockwell House)

The Rev. Beth Scriven, Chaplain
beth@rockwellhouse.org
7023 Forsyth Blvd (just past Big Bend)
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-745-9657
http://www.rockwellhouse.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/rockwellhouse.ecm/
Rockwell House is the Episcopal Campus Ministry in St. Louis. We are a welcoming and diverse community, seeking to follow Christ in compassion and justice as we practice loving God, our neighbors and ourselves. We gather on Sunday evening at 7:10 p.m. for Holy Eucharist and free dinner, and Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. for “The Feast”: a time for dinner, relaxed Bible study, and prayer. Our ministry and many members are Episcopalian, but not all – if you’re interested, you’re welcome! Rockwell House serves as a home away from home for many students in our community, and we hope you will find it to be a home for you too.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Whitney Arthur, St. Louis FCA Programs Director
warthur@fca.org
Larry Kindbom, WashU Campus Huddle Coach
larryki@wustl.edu
1400 S. Highway Drive
Fenton, MO 63099
636-827-7105
http://stlfca.org/
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a place where athletes and coaches connect and grow in their sport and faith in Jesus Christ. FCA is led by student athletes, and we meet on Monday nights for fellowship and huddle meetings. Our hope is to meet athletes and encourage them to grow in their relationships with Christ.

Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU Hillel)

Jacqueline Ulin Levey, Executive Director
jackie@washuhillel.org
Jordan Gerson, Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi
rabbijordan@washuhillel.org
Miriam Ross-Hirsch, Assistant Director
miriam@washuhillel.org
Leah Staffin, Program & Engagement Associate – EZRA Fellow
leah@washuhillel.org
Margaret Butler, Springboard Fellow – Social Justice Specialist
margaret@washuhillel.org
IACT Coordinator for Israel Engagement
TBA Summer 2018
WashU Hillel House
6300 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-935-9040
http://www.washuhillel.org and http://www.facebook.com/washuhillel and http://www.instagram.com/washuhillel
Welcome to the beginning of your Jewish future!  Through our programs and those planned by WashU Hillel’s many student groups, we engage over 1,000 undergraduates each year in our thriving, pluralistic community.  We’re excited to connect you with other Jewish students at WashU and with Jewish culture and traditions through service and social justice, religious life, social and leadership programs, and Israel, including our popular Birthright Israel trips. We have a beautiful home on Forsyth that we hope you’ll visit and make your own with plenty of free coffee and cozy places to relax, study and hang out with friends. Our professional staff works with the WashU Cares team to support the well-being of students. We are always available to provide pastoral care, referral and support in times of illness or need. WashU Hillel is supported by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and is affiliated with Hillel International, connecting us to a vast network of Jewish students throughout the world.

Lutheran Campus Ministry (ELCA)

Rev. Rebecca Boardman
pastor@lcmstl.org
7019 Forsyth Blvd (& Big Bend)
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-863-8140
http://www.LCMstl.org/ and http://www.facebook.com/lcmstl/
The LCM House is here for YOU! Our mission is to help you build community during your university years and engage with service to our world. We live our Christian faith with total inclusivity for all people and a focus on social justice. We gather for Sunday night for dinner & Candlelight Worship, small groups, service events, retreats, interfaith events, Spring Break trips and much more. Only half our community has a Lutheran background…come and see yourself. LGBTQIA affirming. Join our weekly email list (via our website) for more info!

Lutheran Student Fellowship (LCMS)

Village Lutheran Church
Rev. Kevin Golden
pastorkevingolden@gmail.com
Deaconess Laura Jostes
laura.jostes@gmail.com
9237 Clayton Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63124
314-993-1834
https://www.facebook.com/LCMSU2016/ and http://www.villagelutheranchurch.org/
At the Lutheran Student Fellowship, we get it — college is tough. That’s why we support each other inside and out of the classroom, boldly confessing Christ and Him crucified, knowing that no matter who you are or what you’ve done, Jesus forgives YOU. Through weekly Bible study (food included!), social activities and engagement in service opportunities we grow in faith and in love towards God and our neighbor. Check out our Facebook page for updates, devotions, and more! Transportation is provided for students desiring to attend Divine Service each Sunday. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” (Romans 1:16-17)

Muslim Students Association (MSA)

msa@su.wustl.edu
http://msa.wustl.edu/ and https://www.facebook.com/wustlmsa/
Assalamu alaikum! The WashU MSA prides itself in its diversity, both in terms of our inclusive membership as well as our diverse programming. We host a variety of events ranging from a schoolwide Fast-a-Thon, discussion panels with internationally-recognized speakers, fundraisers, philanthropy events, and programs and activities dedicated to building the Muslim community and engaging the WashU community. Our Friday prayers take place at 1:15 p.m. in the basement of Lopata House in the Village, and there are additional prayer spaces available daily in the basement of Lee House on the South 40 and in the Serenity Room on the 2nd floor of Olin Library.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Fr. Michael Arbanas, Spiritual Advisor
314-425-9641
frmarbanas@sngoc.org
https://www.facebook.com/WashUOCF/
A large part of any Orthodox Christian’s religious life is their connection to their brothers and sister in faith. We at the Orthodox Christian Fellowship of Washington University in St. Louis understand that more than anyone, and invite you to join our recently-formed community. The OCF is the official group for Orthodox students on campus, dedicated to building a community centered on fellowship, service, the teaching of Jesus’ message, and education about our Orthodox heritage and the Church. With strong support from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Central West End, the closest Orthodox parish to the campus, we hope to grow together in faith and fellowship during our collegiate years, and we welcome you into our group.

Overflow

Katie Balfany, President
636-887-6551
balfany.k@wustl.edu
Kendall Zeile, Vice President
818-661-8638
kzeile@wustl.edu
Leadership team email: wuoverflow@gmail.com
https://grouporganizer.wustl.edu/organization/overflow and https://www.facebook.com/groups/255686394565592/
Overflow is an interdenominational Christian ministry and a compassionate community of students that seeks to grow in our relationships with God and share Jesus’ love. We gather together on Thursday nights, have small group Bible studies, organize fun community events, provide mentorship opportunities and connect students with local churches. All are welcome!

RUF (Reformed University Fellowship)

Rev. SJ Lim, Campus Minister
sj.lim@ruf.org
Kristen Thompson, Campus Staff
kristen.thompson@ruf.org
http://www.rufwashu.org and http://www.facebook.com/groups/RUFWashU/
RUF is a Christian campus ministry and community at WashU. As the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America, we love the gospel and are committed to embodying it by exploring God’s redemptive work in the world and experiencing it together. Whether convinced or unconvinced of the claims of the Bible, RUF is a safe place for students to consider the invitation of God’s grace in the person & work of Jesus Christ and what it means to follow him.

Washington University Interfaith Alliance

https://www.facebook.com/WUInterfaith/
Washington University Interfaith Alliance is a student-run organization that promotes interfaith cooperation and dialogue through engaging students in programming, service, and advocacy. Some of our members belong to specific faith traditions and others are simply interested in interfaith work. Connect with us through our Facebook page.

UKirk – St. Louis

Rev. Miriam Foltz
ukirk_stl@glpby.org
UKirk at Trinity Presbyterian Church
6800 Washington Avenue
University City, MO 63130
http://www.ukirkstl.org
UKirk – St. Louis is a Presbyterian Church (USA) campus ministry that strives to embody God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ. UKirk (short for “university church”) is a faith community where students worship and follow Christ by serving others, explore and learn about faith, and encounter God’s love. To learn more about Sunday evening dinner & worship gatherings, as well as on-campus small group, service and fellowship opportunities, check out our website or Facebook page.

Interfaith Campus Ministries Association

The mission of WUIFCMA is to foster religious life and interfaith activity on campus.

The Washington University in St. Louis Interfaith Campus Ministries Association (IFCMA) provides a means for the recognized professional religious leaders serving the university community to come together.

The association includes priests, ministers, rabbis, pastors and religious student group advisers, who provide support for each other; serve as a resource for the Washington University community; facilitate and encourage interfaith dialogue and interaction; advocate students’ religious freedom, pride and education; provide peer ethical accountability to all its members; provide a central location for referral to pastoral counseling; and facilitate communication regarding religious issues.

The association meets monthly. To learn more about the Washington University Interfaith Campus Ministries Association please email wuifcma@gmail.com.