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Religious groups at SCU

  • iconIf you're Buddhist (or interested in Zen Meditation)

    Zen Mindfulness Meditation takes place every Wednesday during the 10 weeks of the fall, winter and spring quarters, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. in the Multifaith Sanctuary in St. Joseph’s Hall. All are welcome, regardless of religious background or experience. Contact Dr. Sarita Tamayo-Moraga for more information, or find out more about various Mindfulness and Meditation opportunities on campus.

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  • iconIf you're Christian

    • Christian Life Community: Small groups rooted in Ignatian spirituality that meet for reflection, social events, worship and service projects. Contact Jill Murray.
    • Christians In Action: Put your faith into action through service and advocacy. Contact Katya Nemec.
    • Core Christian Fellowship: An interdenominational Christian club that offers small groups, prayer, church carpools and weekly Nightlife events. Core also arranges carpools to local churches. Contact Monet Gonnerman.
    • Make a Joyful Noise Gospel Choir: For anyone with a love for gospel music to come together for singing and fellowship. Contact Adrielle Williams.
    • Orthodox Bronco: Connect with other SCU Orthodox students and learn more about the Orthodox tradition. Contact Phoebe Mankaryous.
    • Tuesday Bible study: Tuesdays @ 5:30 p.m. in Campus Ministry. Come anytime, even if you've never been and it's halfway through the quarter already! Contact Katya Nemec.
    • Wonderfully Made: a collegiate Christian ministry helping young women grow spiritually, emotionally, and interpersonally. Click here to be brought to their webpage.
    • Worship: For services on campus, or to connect with a local church or carpool, contact Laura Brekke.
  • iconIf you're Hindu

    The SCU Hindu Student Council seeks to bring together Hindus and non-Hindus on campus through spirituality and seva (service) and to promote the awareness of the essence of Hinduism in the Santa Clara community. In the past, HSC has offered campus celebrations of Diwali and Holi. Many students who have participated in HSC are also part of Intandesh, which promotes social and cultural awareness of South Asian countries through community service, knowledge, education, and love. Contact Tanu Mondkar.

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  • iconIf you're Jewish

    Campus Ministry partners with the SCU Jewish Student Union to educate the SCU community about Jewish culture, religion and values, and to provide a community for Jewish SCU students. The JSU works in close collaboration with Hillel of Silicon Valley: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, which serves free Shabbat dinner every Friday night at the Hillel House, and a carpool is provided for SCU students. Past Hillel/JSU events on campus include the Welcome Weekend Havdallah, a Passover Seder dinner, and participation in interfaith programs. Hillel also helps Jewish young adults (age 18-26) participate in a free 10-day trip to Israel during winter and summer breaks (the “birthright trip”). For more information, call 408-286-6669, or email advisor Michal Strutin.

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  • iconIf you're Muslim

    The Muslim Students Association works to implement the essence of Islam for the betterment of the Muslim and non-Muslim community on campus through community service, education and social activities. Many students who participate in the MSA also are part of United Middle East, a group that aims to reach out to Middle Eastern students and anyone else interested in increasing awareness of diversity;of national and cultural identities throughout the Middle East through social/cultural events and causes. Contact MSA president Sarra Hilali.

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  • iconIf you're interested in SCU Interfaith Council

    Join the SCU Interfaith Council for Thursday Dinner Discussions on the "odd" weeks of the quarter (1, 3, 5, etc.). Enjoy free food and learn about other traditions. SCUIC also sponsors interfaith service projects each quarter. Contact: Seher Siddiqee.

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  • iconIf you're looking for something you don't see here

    Contact Laura Brekke if you're looking for something else not listed here. New groups are forming all the time, and we're happy to try to connect you to what you need.

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  • iconIf you're not sure what to believe

    You’re right on schedule. College is often a time of figuring out what you believe and making your faith and practice your own. Campus Ministry is here for exactly that reason — to help answer your questions and provide you with resources and direction, to listen to your doubts and struggles, to offer ways for you to live your faith in daily life, and to be a safe and non-threatening place of exploration. That's why we offer so many opportunities to ask and seek. We think these ultimate questions are pretty important, so we’ll be with you on the journey.

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Benson Center 105, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
(408) 554-4372 (main line)
(408) 554-4373 (fax)