Religious and Spiritual Life
Baton Rouge, LA
" Chabad on Campus is a great resource for students looking to learn more about traditional Judaism in a welcoming and friendly environment. Our campus rabbi has a wealth of knowledge about every conceivable Jewish topic and is happy to answer any questions students may have. Chabad on Campus has made a difference in my time at Swarthmore by providing me with genuine Jewish experiences in a totally welcoming and relaxed environment and also by giving me a window into a world of Jewish learning at a pace I felt comfortable with. My college Jewish experience would not have been the same without Chabad."
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
"The religious and spiritual community on campus is surprisingly diverse. For example, the Muslim students' group has adherents of several schools of Islamic thought and a range of practice levels. I also see it in terms of my interactions with people from the different regions of the United States and those whose lives are colored with international experience. At Swarthmore, people do not just unthinkingly follow ritual or coerce others to do so. I was able to find a place within the religious community even as I was very concerned with finding an open, critically-thinking, accepting and adaptive community."
"I've found that Swarthmore Christian Fellowship is a welcoming community for anyone interested in applying or learning more about Christianity. There are large group meetings on Fridays centered on a diverse range of topics as well as prayer meetings during the week. Personally, I always look forward to my dorm's weekly small group meetings that are open to all students (Christian or not). It's a great study break where we read a short passage of the Bible and then spend time freely discussing and interpreting possible meanings of the passage. The SCF community has been essential to the growth of my own religious beliefs at Swat."