Below is a reminder of Lehigh's Religious Life policies and a list of student religious organizations active at Lehigh. The Chaplain’s Office maintains this list for informational purposes as a service to the Lehigh community. The Chaplain’s Office provides support for religious organizations and clubs, and it encourages students to express their own religious views while respecting and exploring the religious views of others.
Student religious organizations with clubs status are organized through the Student Senate like all other clubs at Lehigh but they receive endorsement for recognition by action of the Chaplain's Office.
POLICIES REGARDING RELIGIOUS LIFE AT LEHIGH
The University Chaplain's Office is responsible for all issues regarding Religious Life at Lehigh. This designation of responsibility has been made by Lehigh University, a private institution of higher learning with no sectarian bias. The University Chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Lloyd Steffen, reports to the Vice President for Equity and Community in his role as University Chaplain. Questions about religious group activities, aid with programs, and other information or assistance should be directed to the University Chaplain's Office at 610-758-3877. To assist students and visitors to campus, the following policy guidelines are observed:
1. Questions regarding Religious Life, including those arising from religious groups, should be directed to the Chaplain's Office.
2. Groups that invite visiting clergy or other religious professionals to campus should inform the University Chaplain's Office so that these visitors may receive a formal invitation from the University and thus be present on campus in conjunction with a religious activity. As a private institution, Lehigh University could request that individuals not officially invited to campus be asked to leave.
3. Religious materials may be distributed on campus, but the mode of distribution must be worked out in consultation with the Chaplain's Office. The University observes a non-intrusion policy with respect to living quarters. Religious group advisers must meet with students elsewhere than in residence halls, fraternities and sororities; and student residences on campus are not to be entered for purposes of distributing religious materials by any advisor or off-campus person. The Chaplain's Office can assist in the effort to distribute materials in a non-intrusive way and arrange for alternative spaces for meetings, including the Dialogue Center.
4. Reserving space on campus for religious life activities must be made through the Chaplain's Office. The Dialogue Center at 661 Taylor Street is the preferred space for religious clubs that wish to meet for religious life activities, and requests for other space on campus must be made through the Chaplain's Office. The Dialogue Center at 661 Taylor Street is available to religious life advisers for meetings with students, and the Dialogue Center may be scheduled for religious group meetings by contacting Terri Ball-Nicholas at 610-758-3788 or firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Funding requests for group events must be made in advance through the Chaplain's Office. Funding request forms are available on the "Documents
" page of the Chaplain's Office website.
The Chabad Club is a recognized student religious club with a constitution that meets university requirements for clubs. An independent organization in the community called "Chabad at Lehigh" has no affiliation with Lehigh University. "Chabad at Lehigh" is a local religious organization that serves members of the local community and is located off-campus in South Bethlehem.
For information about the off-campus "Chabad at Lehigh" organization, see: Chabadlehigh.org. The unaffiliated organization, "Chabad at Lehigh," sponsors events and programs that include:
Weekly one-of-a-kind Shabbat services and dinners
Social events such as BBQs, Israeli Night, and Challah Baking
High Holiday and Passover services and meals
Lunch and learns
The Sinai Scholar Society
Birthright Israel trips
And much more!
"Chabad at Lehigh" can be followed on Facebook and Twitter
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Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Action (FCAIA)
Lehigh’s chapter of FCAIA encourages Lehigh’s athletes, Christian or otherwise, to explore their relationship with Jesus Christ and their relationships with their teammates and peers. Christian coaches are involved to help and challenge the members. The group holds roundtable discussions and practices an interactive form of worship that cannot be found in ordinary church environments. Discussions usually involve both large and small groups, and last about an hour. The group brings in outside discussion leaders, including other Christian leaders on campus and athletes from outside of the university. The group also plans activities like retreats and bowling. FCAIA encourages its members to attend one another's sporting events. Matt Utesch, track and field coach, is the advisor.
Schedule: Regular meeting on Sunday at 7 PM in the Student Athlete Lounge of Taylor Gym
President: Harrison Kauffman (email@example.com)
Vice President: Reagan Jahn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer: Chris Martensson (email@example.com)
Lehigh Advisor: Matt Utesch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Action
Hillel is a student-run organization serving the campus Jewish community, and is headquartered in the Jewish Student Center at 216 Summit Street. Hillel provides cultural and social programming as well as some religious activities. Its regular programs include Sunday "Bagel brunches," Sabbath dinners, holiday celebrations, speakers and film discussion groups, as well as an inclusive Passover Seder for the entire campus community. Hillel organizes transportation to worship services and a program of local nursing home visitation.
President: Andrew Coopersmith (email@example.com)
Vice President: Stephen Greenwald (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Rebecca Salsburg-Frank (email@example.com)
Marketing: Emily Weston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Events: Lizzie Shaffran (email@example.com)
Community Engagement: Roger Blumin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jewish Life Director (Interim): Rabbi Steven P. Nathan (email@example.com)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Roger Simon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hindu Students Organization
The purpose of this organization is to bring together Hindu students, as well as those interested in learning about the religion, to learn about the culture and discuss issues facing Hinduism today.
Throughout the year we also celebrate various religious festivals including Diwali and Holi.
Meeting times: TBA
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)
InterVarsity provides a safe and challenging place for all students to explore Jesus’ invitation to follow him. We want to see members grow in their faith as they strive to live out Jesus’ words on Lehigh’s campus, study scripture in community, and engage in service, prayer, and outreach. InterVarsity’s vision is to see lives being transformed, Lehigh’s campus renewed, and world changers developed.
Small Groups—open groups where students gather in dorms across campus to look at the Bible together (for times and locations see contacts below)
Retreats – a place where students from schools across PA gather to receive relevant teaching and encouragement to live out their faith on campus and take active steps towards Jesus
Camp – a week at the end of the school year where students gather at a camp to study the book of Mark together and examine their lives based on their study
The Well - a weekly gathering of students from across campus to learn from relevant speakers about following Jesus in college, participate in musical worship and prayer, and connect with others exploring or growing in faith in Jesus (Thursdays, 8 pm)
Lehigh Multi-Faith Initiative (LUMI)
Lehigh Mult-faith initiative (LUMI) invites members of the Lehigh family together believing that spiritual questions merit attention and discussion. Answers to these questions will be varied, but honest witness to each individual's faith experience is worthy of respectufl listening and civil discussion. The group is pledged to affirming an attitude of respectful engagement and offering dialogue as a model for engaging across faith traditions, religious divisions, and denominational lines. LUMI exists to encourage friendship and respect across faith identies. It does not privilege an one particular perspective on spiritual matters. The group offers safe space to discuss faith and the questions for which faith is an important component.
Muslim Student Association (MSA)
Muslim students from Lehigh meet for Friday services at The Dialogue Center, 661 Taylor Street, lower level. Details of meeting times and places are provided by e-mail.
The purpose of the Newman Council is to organize and unify the Catholic community at Lehigh University. It assists the members of the Lehigh community in coming to a personal adult expression of the faith, provides a visible student symbol of active Catholic life to all Lehigh students, and establishes a presence within the local community. It also eases the transition into college-life and guides the Catholic students as they face challenges to Catholic ideals and teachings in the college environment.
Although the Newman Council endeavors specifically to build an active Catholic community on campus, all members of the university family are invited to participate in its activities. The Newman Center is located in Bishop Edward P. Cullen Hall at the Holy Ghost Church, 417 Carlton Avenue; all are welcome to partake of this facility.
Schedule: Mass at 8:00am, Thursday and Friday, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church
Sunday Mass at 12:10pm and 9:10pm in Packer Memorial Church during semester times
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) available through special arrangement with the Newman Center
Catholic Chaplain and Director, Catholic Campus Ministry: Rev. Christopher S. Butera (email@example.com
None Of The Above
A student-run organization which exists to provide atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and believers questioning their faith with a place to meet and talk about a range of ideas. Generally topics of discussion center around religion (or lack thereof) and atheist culture but are entiely informal. The group is completely non-judgemental and invites anyone of any faith to come for conversation. We do not at this time hold organized prayer sessions.
Meeting schedule: TBA
Unknown at present
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official collegiate campus ministry program under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. OCF is charged with connecting Orthodox college students - and those interested in the Orthodox Christian faith - to Christ and His Church. OCF realizes this mission by:
Supporting fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others, and study of the Christian Faith; Providing a variety of thoughtful and innovative programming including College Conference and Real Break domestic and international service projects; and, Training lay and clergy volunteers as well as our students for leadership roles on campus and beyond. The Lehigh University Chapter of OCF is under the spiritual guidance of Father Alexandros Petrides of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Bethlehem. The group holds weekly dinner meetings, as well as outreach events throughout the year.
Spiritual Advisor to students: Rev. Fr. Alexandros Petrides, Assistant Priest
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
1607 West Union Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Campus ministry of discipleship and evangelism affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America that applies the scriptures to the problems facing Lehigh students today while remaining faithful to the historic creeds of the church. RUF has regular weekly meetings for fellowship and teaching, weekly dorm Bible studies, weekly social activities and periodic retreats.
Schedule: Regular meeting on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m in Neville II
Spirit Temple Campus Fellowship of Lehigh University (STCF Lehigh)
The purpose and aim of STCF Lehigh is to promote student mental and spiritual life on campus and to work with the off-campus independent religious organization, Spirit Temple Bible Church.
Schedule: Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. in STEPS 280
President: Fiona Yuwei Cui
Vice President: Xiuyuan Mary Li
Secretary: Kester Ace Gibbons
Treasurer: Pan Ni
Clergy Advisor: Dr. Ese Duke
University Bible Fellowship (UBF)
UBF is an international, evangelical student organization that emphasizes world missions and focuses on one-on-one Bible study and discipleship. UBF believes that the Bible is the one, true and only inerrant record of God's dealings with sinful mankind and that salvation is to be found only in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the Father, Who is both God and man, together as God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The purpose of the Lehigh's chapter of UBF is to propagate the gospel of Jesus to Lehigh students by studying the Bible and to encourage them to live according to the teachings of the Bible.