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Campus Religious Groups

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 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 TriCo Newman retreat. Special programs, speakers and social events are provided as student interest and need direct. Rev. Edward A. Windhaus is the Newman Chaplain. more

Ecumenical Liturgical Ministry of SPC

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 together every Thursday with singing at 7:30pm and communion at 8pm in Bond. We gather for Friday prayers at 12:30pm in the Rose Garden, and sponsor church visits on occasional Sunday mornings. We also have discussions about theological issues and matters effecting our faith in the modern world.

Hindu Club of Swarthmore

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.

Interfaith Interns

The Interns are two students hired by the Dean for Multicultural Affairs to 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

The MSA functions as an open support group providing 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.


Ruach's goal is to further Jewish culture and religion on campus and in the larger Swarthmore community. We will plan and coordinate any programs and activities, and communicate with other Jewish-related groups, in order to achieve this end, keeping in mind that we are an apolitical group. Judaism has many different interpretations and traditions; we attempt to maintain this diversity while integrating them into a cohesive community. 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 and alliance of area churches called Partners in Ministry.

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. In this practice one discovers and makes friends with oneself, and trains the mind to work with oneself, rather than against. The Swarthmore Sitting Group formed out of the natural need for a sangha, a community of meditation practitioners, to promote a sense of regularity for and open discussion about the practice. Our meetings include an introduction to the practice, a short sit, and a discussion/question session. A senior practitioner from the Shambhala traditions conducts several workshops each semester to delve more deeply the practice. We encourage everyone to explore meditation, especially if you are unfamiliar with the practice.