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Student Religious Organizations

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 Provost of the University 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 x83877.  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 Susan Meyers at x83877 or sum5.

Chabad Club

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
  • Guest speakers
  • High Holiday and Passover services and meals  
  • Lunch and learns
  • The Sinai Scholar Society
  • Mezuzah bank
  • Birthright Israel trips
  • And much more!

"Chabad at Lehigh" can be followed on Facebook and Twitter

Contacts:

Secretary: Sarah Longwill (sml217@lehigh.edu)
Faculty Advisor: Professor Steve Goldman
Outside Advisors: Rabbi Zalman Greenberg (rabbi@chabadlehigh.org)
 

Cru

Cru is a community where the gospel captures hearts, transforms lives, and launches men and women into a lifelong adventure with Jesus Christ.

Contacts:

Links:

LehighValleyCru.com

 

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 8 PM in the Student Athlete Lounge of Taylor Gym

Contacts:

Links:

 

Hillel Society

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.  

Links:

Links to Jewish Holiday Calendar:

http://world.std.com/~reinhold/jewishholidays.txt

Contacts:

 

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:  time and location to be announced

Contact

 

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

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.

Events:

  • 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)

Contact:

Links:

Mindfulness Meditation

Open to members of the Lehigh community with desire to learn the basics of mindfulness meditation, sit together in silence, and explore questions around the practice.  Regular meditation has been found to be helpful with everything from stress reduction to pain management to immunity against the common cold.  Mostly it is about learning to be in the present.  This group is appropriate for beginning and seasoned meditators, and people with any or no religious background. 

Schedule:
Group meets at the Dialogue Center on Mondays from 4:15-5:00 pm

Contact:
Associate Chaplain, Danielle Stillman (danielle.stillman@lehigh.edu)
 

Muslim Students Association

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.

Contact:

Links:

 

NEWMAN COUNCIL

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

Contacts:

Links:

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

Contact:

  • Not known at present time

 

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.

 Contacts: 

  • President:  Dominick Falcon (djf219@lehigh.edu)
  • Spiritual Advisor to students:  Rev. Fr. Alexandros Petrides
    Assistant Priest, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
    1607 West Union Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA 18017
  • Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Jacob Kazakia (jyk0@lehigh.edu)

Links:

 

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)

RUF is a 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.  The group advisor is engineering professor Gary Harlow.   Rev. Scott Mitchell, affiliated with Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, is the full-time campus minister. 

Schedule:

  • Regular meeting on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m in Packer Memorial Church

Contact:

Links

 

St. Peter's Lutheran Church - Campus Ministry

Many students attend St. Peter's Lutheran Church located on the corner of Packer and Vine.

Schedule:

  • Traditional communion service on Sunday at 8:15 AM and 11 AM
  • Informal communion service on Sunday at 6:30 PM
  • Traditional communion service on Wednesday at 10:30 AM

Contact:

Currently not active

 

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.

Contact: