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
cchsiao787@gmail.com
Brenden Graczak, Campus Staff for International Friends
bgraczak1@gmail.com
Will Chu, Campus Staff for Harambee
will.chu@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.

Bhakti Yoga Club

Yamuna Jivana das
314-583-2756
Pranjal Agrawal
669-220-8443
byc.washu@gmail.com
http://byc.wustl.edu/
Bhakti Yoga Club provides students the opportunity to experience spiritual culture from ancient India through a blend of small group discussions, yoga classes, speaker events that provide ancient prescriptions for modern maladies, and vegetarian cooking classes. Bhakti Yoga is the Vedic Science of connecting with God through devotion, bringing about genuine care for all people and things. All faiths are welcome! We meet on Fridays at 6 p.m. with yoga, dinner, discussion and mantra meditation.

Catholic Student Center (CSC)

Fr. Gary Braun
braun@washucsc.org
Troy Woytek
woytek@washucsc.org
Mark Zaegel
zaegel@washucsc.org
6352 Forsyth Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-935-9191
http://www.washucsc.org/
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

Kelly Harris, JGrads Director
Esty Munk, Director of STL Area Campuses
Chana R. Novack, Director
Rabbi Hershey Novack, Director and Senior Campus Rabbi
Chabad House
7018 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-721-2884
hello@chabadwashu.org
http://www.chabadwashu.org/ and http://www.jgrads.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 Shabbat dinners that typically attract more than 100 students each week. 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! Though the JGrads initiative, we build a sense of community among graduate students at WashU and throughout St. Louis. A part of the campus safety net, Chabad professionals also provide guidance, referral, and chaplaincy, including hospital visits. 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 individuals 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

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon)

LDSSA (Latter-Day Saints Student Association)

Reed & Jennifer Whitlock (Campus Contacts)
reedowhitlock@gmail.com, 323-363-6237
jennifermillerwhitlock@gmail.com, 805-312-4421
Jim Hendricks (Church Education System, Director for St. Louis area)
hendricksjl@ldschurch.org, 636-734-6540
Facebook page — St. Louis Institute of Religion
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Christian church that emphasizes the teachings of Jesus Christ, the importance of education and a focus on the family. We meet weekly on campus in the DUC for classes and hold joint social activities off campus with other young adults in the St. Louis area. All are invited to participate.

College Central (Coalition of Christian Outreach)

Cole Lescher
Director of College Ministry
Central Presbyterian Church
7700 Davis Drive
Clayton, MO 63105
C: 865-228-2769 || W: 314-854-0185
clescher@centralpres.com
Katie Walker
kwalker@centralpres.com
College Central is a campus ministry of Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton, MO. We are partnered with a campus ministry organization called Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) and are members the Evangelical 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 life long followers of Jesus, and Making Him Known in whatever vocation or space God has placed us.
If you want to learn more about us (service times, Bible studies, service opportunities, free meals, and much more!) please visit either our church website or our Facebook page for more information.

Cru

Zach Firsick
zachary.firsick@cru.org
314-307-9396
Bethany Firsick
bethany.firsick@cru.org
314-604-2686
http://www.stlcru.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/255686394565592/
Cru is a caring community passionate about connecting students to Jesus. We are an interdenominational movement that exists to help every student grow in his or her relationship with God, no matter where he or she is spiritually. Thursday night gatherings (Overflow), small group Bible studies, one-on-one mentoring and conferences are just a part of what we do!

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/
https://www.facebook.com/rockwellhouse.ecm/
The Rockwell House is the official Episcopal presence at Washington University. We invite students to make Rockwell House their home church away from home. We are a welcoming and diverse community. We are Christ-centered and welcome all seekers. We gather on Sunday evening at 7:10 for Holy Eucharist and a prepared (free!) dinner and Wednesday evening at 6:30 for “The Feast,” a time for dinner, relaxed Bible study and prayer. Come and see!

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Whitney Arthur, St. Louis FCA Area Representative
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. 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, Director of Programming & Engagement
miriam@washuhillel.org
Leah Staffin, Program & Engagement Associate – EZRA Fellow
leah@washuhillel.org
Margaret Butler, Springboard Fellow – Social Justice Specialist
margaret@washuhillel.org
6300 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-935-9040
http://www.washuhillel.org
http://www.facebook.com/washuhillel
http://www.instagram.com/washuhillel
Welcome to the beginning of your Jewish future! Through our programs and those planned by WashU Hillel’s 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. 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.

Jewish Learning Experience

Doron Lazarus, Director and Campus Rabbi
director@jlecampus.com
http://www.jlecampus.com
314-440-9304
The Jewish Learning Experience offers fantastic programs to connect all Jewish students with amazing opportunities. We offer our signature Reloaded Seminar on campus where Jewish students from all backgrounds have a chance to connect and discuss Jewish ideas that mean most to them! We run trips to Poland, Israel and US Outdoor Adventure Retreats. In addition we have an internship coordinator that connects our students to amazing summer positions in every field all over the world. Check out our website and be in touch to get connected to exciting Jewish life on campus!

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/
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 to Guatemala and much more. 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 Intern Laura Jostes
laura.jostes@gmail.com
9237 Clayton Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63124
314-993-1834
https://www.facebook.com/LCMSU2016/
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. And knowing that we are forgiven, we seek to share God’s love throughout the WashU and St. Louis communities: spreading the Gospel and serving our neighbor, feeding the poor, and seeking justice for the widows and the fatherless.
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 on the 2nd floor of Olin Library.

RUF (Reformed University Fellowship)

Rev. SJ Lim, Campus Minister
Kristen Thompson, Campus Staff
sj.lim@ruf.org, kristen.thompson@ruf.org
http://www.rufwashu.org
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.

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.

Unitarian Universalist Student Association

Sarah Turecamo, President
sturecamo@wustl.edu
The Unitarian Universalist Student Association is a Washington University campus community religious association whose vision is to ‟seek and develop and promote a culture that actively encourages religious and spiritual exploration, social and environmental responsibility, and radical social acceptance and inclusion.” We are loving and accepting of all races, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, disabilities and political affiliations. All are always welcome!

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.