Religious & Spiritual
A Closer Look: Swarthmore Sitting Group"It's been wonderful having a sangha, a group of meditators," says Julian Chender '09 (left). "After practice, we talk about our experience and ask each other questions that have arisen. It's a wonderful way to connect with people and share experiences and ideas." more
Religious & Spiritual Groups
The Buddhist Community at Swarthmore (BCS)
BCS seeks to increase awareness of the world's Buddhist traditions and provide a space for students to explore and practice Buddhism. Newcomers are always welcome, regardless of their prior experience (if any) with Buddhism. Likewise, practitioners of any "flavor" of Buddhism are encouraged to join and bring their background to the group. The group meets weekly to discuss the Dharma, plan events, and meditate. These meetings take place either over a meal in a private room at Sharples or as "Tea Circle" meetings in Bond Hall. Special events take place throughout the year and include movie screenings, trips to area Buddhist temples/centers, and visits by speakers/teachers.
Catholic Newman Community
Newman at Swarthmore provides the liturgical, spiritual, and educational resources of the Catholic Church to Swarthmore students, faculty, administration, and staff. The celebration of the Eucharist on Sundays, mid-week, and special occasions such as Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and the graduation Baccalaureate makes present the central mystery of the Catholic faith. Opportunities for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are frequently available. Theology and scripture study groups meet regularly, in addition to an annual Tri-Co Newman retreat. Special programs, speakers, and social events are provided as student interest and need direct. Rev. Edward A. Windhaus is the Newman Chaplain. All contact information and schedules along with important Catholic educational and support links can be found at the Tri-Co Newman Website.
Chabad on Campus
Chabad on Campus seeks to increase awareness of Jewish spiritual heritage, values, cultures, and traditions by providing educational opportunities and by facilitating the observance of Jewish rituals and customs. Chabad on Campus is a partnership between Swarthmore students and Rabbi Eli and Blumie Gurevitz, offering students a Jewish 'home away from home' with Talmud study, classes on Jewish mysticism, kosher food, hands-on holiday events, and more.
Ecumenical Liturgical Ministry (ELM)
ELM began as the Episcopal-Lutheran Ministry, a student sub-group of the Swarthmore Protestant Community, and has branched out to include students from many Christian denominations. We celebrate Communion together every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Bond, gather for Friday prayers at 12:30 p.m. in the Rose Garden, and sponsor church visits on occasional Sunday mornings. We also have discussions about theological issues and matters affecting our faith in the modern world.
Swat Hillel is the umbrella organization for Jewish student groups on campus. All interested students and groups that focus on issues of Jewish concern are welcome, regardless of religious belief, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, national origin, or class. Swat Hillel affiliates are committed to regularly meeting to build connections and further relationships within the Swarthmore Jewish community.
Hindu Club of Swarthmore (HCS)
The HCS fulfills the needs of students who identify with or would like to become more aware of Hinduism. We aim to inform the Swarthmore community and shed light on possible misconceptions about the Hindu faith.
These Interns assist in organizing programs for the Interfaith Center. These include interfaith text studies, the annual Thanksgiving meal, and Religion and Spirituality Week on campus. They work closely with the Religious Advisors and student groups.
Muslim Students Association (MSA)
The MSA functions as an open support group that provides a support system for its members through regular meetings, establishing regular congregational prayer and connecting Swarthmore's Muslim community with other local and national Islamic organizations and student groups. The MSA also works to educate the larger campus community about Islam and the experiences of Muslims. Open meetings are held Fridays at 1:30 p.m. in Bond Hall.
Ruach, meaning "spirit" in Hebrew, organizes many religious events at Swarthmore, including weekly Shabbat services and major holiday accommodations. Ruach is affiliated with no specific branch of Judaism, allowing for plurality and acceptance of all backgrounds. Ruach invites students to explore and integrate Judaism into their college experience.more
Swarthmore Bahá'í Club
The purpose of the Bahá'í Club is to further the tenets of the Bahá'í Faith, to invite those interested to investigate the Faith for themselves; to promote the unity of mankind; and to foster understanding, love and fellowship on the Swarthmore campus by sponsoring devotional gatherings, discussions, informal gatherings, social activities and public meetings.
Swarthmore Christian Fellowship (SCF)
Swarthmore Christian Fellowship is a chapter of the interdenominational Christian ministry InterVarsity. We welcome everyone, from the life-long churchgoer to the curious skeptic, to attend any of our events, which range from whole group meetings (Fridays at 7pm in Kohlberg 115) to weekly Bible studies (in smaller, more intimate settings) to weekly prayer meetings to weekends away from Swat spent relaxing and learning more about God. We seek to encourage the growth of Christians at Swarthmore, as well as to provide the campus as a whole with a way to explore Christianity in a comfortable and loving environment. more
Swarthmore Protestant Community
The Swarthmore Protestant Community is a nondenominational group of seekers rooted in the Christian tradition who support one another in worship, reflection, and spiritual growth. The Swarthmore Protestant Community strives to create a safe space where questions are welcome and individual differences in faith are respected. It is associated with the Protestant Campus Minister and supported by Partners in Ministry, an alliance of area churches.
Swarthmore Rosh Chodesh
The Swarthmore Rosh Chodesh group provides an opportunity for Jewish women to explore their spirituality and Jewish identities by observing the women's holiday of Rosh Chodesh. Meetings are monthly and include a short, informal service, followed by craft projects, discussion, and yummy snacks.
Swarthmore Sitting Group
The Swarthmore Sitting Group is a secular meditation group open to all students and faculty. We practice mindfulness/awareness meditation, the practice of being present in the moment. more