Distinguished by the diversity of its members, the University of Rochester welcomes people of various faiths from around the world. The Interfaith Chapel works to support the expression of this mixture of heritages and groups.
Chaplains and Faith Community Leaders
The University has many religious or spiritual groups or communities affiliated with the Interfaith Chapel. The Catholic Newman Community, the Protestant Chapel Community, Hillel, Chabad and Cru all have full-time chaplains or religious leaders who serve their student community, and three of those chaplains have offices in the interfaith chapel.
The Zen Meditation Group, URCF, Muslim community, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Agape are all served by part-time chaplains or religious leaders who share office space in the Interfaith Chapel.
The Hindu Students’ Association serves the religious and spiritual needs of Hindu, Sikh, and Jain students. They hold on-campus activities and sponsor trips off campus to the Sikh Gurdwara and the Hindu Temple. They are advised by the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.
The director, chaplains, and faith community leaders work together to respond to students’ needs in ways that meet present-day religious and spiritual realities. We strive to bridge boundaries that traditionally have divided people of different faith traditions, and of none at all. We encourage students to embrace the diversity that is so much a part of life in this University and our nation and to claim that diversity as a means for intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth.
The chapel currently hosts the following faith communities:
- Buddhist Students’ Association
- Chabad House
- Hillel– Jewish Life
- Hindu Students’ Association
- InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship
- Muslim Students’ Association
- Newman Community – Roman Catholic Christianity
- Protestant Chapel Community
- UR Christian Fellowship
- Zen Meditation Group
Buddhist Students’ Association
Founded in 2022, the Buddhist Students’ Association (BSA) provides an outlet for Buddhist to practice their traditions, organizes events for religious observances, and hosts discussion and educational programs. We cater to all Buddhist denominations and are open to people of all religions. See the BSA website for more information.
Chabad House – Jewish Student Community
It’s warm and friendly atmosphere has earned the Chabad House a reputation as a “home away from home” for students, where a meaningful Jewish experience can be enjoyed. See the Chabad House website for more information.
Rabbi Asher Yaras
Cru is a caring community, passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ. Cru strives to create an environment where anyone can come dialogue and explore questions about faith and spirituality, as well as a place where Christian students can grow, mature, be mentored, and have opportunities to lead and live out their faith in Jesus Christ.
Hillel – Jewish Life
Hillel is proud to be the catalyst for vibrant, pluralistic, inclusive Jewish life at UR: all kinds of Jewish, all kinds of Jews. Hillel strives to foster an environment in which every Jewish student feels empowered to meaningfully engage with Judaism and Jewish living while on campus, and in an enduring way long after. See the Hillel website for more information.
Hindu Students’ Association (HSA)
The programs and spaces of the Hindu Students’ Association are designed to nourish the mind, body and soul. Worship services support collaborative spiritual engagement while prayer and meditation spaces offer an opportunity for quiet introspection. Lectures and discussions address classical and contemporary themes. Hindus and non-Hindus, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, post-docs, staff and faculty are all welcome to be a part of the vibrant Hindu community at University of Rochester.
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship
We are a group of graduate students who are committed to developing a supportive community with the common goal of spiritual development, academic excellence, and Christian witness. Meeting times and locations based on the availability of interested students. Contact Eric Bean for details.
Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) – Islamic Community
Two MSAs (undergraduate and graduate) serve the Muslim students on campus. They provide programming of interest to the Muslim community, conduct Jumma prayers on Fridays, and participate in interfaith activities on campus to educate the community about Islam. See the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) website for more information.
Advisor to Muslim students
Newman Community – Roman Catholic Christianity
As people of Catholic Christian faith, we gather to enrich our relationship with God and one another by nurturing the link between intellectual and spiritual life. See the Newman Community website for more information.
Rev. Brian Cool
Protestant Chapel Community – Mainline Protestant Christianity
The Protestant Chapel Community is an open and inviting group of mainline Protestant Christian students who worship weekly and participate regularly together in programs of service, education, and fellowship. See the Protestant Chapel Community website for more information.
Rev. Samuel Kinsman
UR Christian Fellowship – Christianity in the Gospel Tradition
The University of Rochester Christian Fellowship is dedicated to serving the University community by providing a Christian Protestant service in the spirit-filled gospel tradition. For more information see the UR Christian Fellowship website.
Zen Meditation Group
The Zen Buddhist Group provides an opportunity for students to explore Buddhism and other Eastern traditions through weekly meditation session, discussions, and traditional Buddhist ceremonies. Whether you are curious about Buddhism or a dedicated practitioner, you are welcome to join us.