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Student-led Communities of Faith

Spiritual practices and religious identity part of a Vassar education.

Listed below are the currently active student-led groups, supported and sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Whether you're a long-time member of a particular tradition or simply exploring your spiritual identity, all students are welcome at services, discussion groups, and other activities of any of these groups.

To get more information or to get involved, please contact:

Rev. Sam Speers
Director, Religious and Spiritual Life
1-845-437-5550

Meeting times and places are subject to change. Contact groups for most current information.

Buddhist Sangha

Buddhist Sangha (from the Sanskrit for community) is for people who practice or are curious about any sect of Buddhist teachings (dharma). In addition to weekly meditation sessions and periodic trips to local Buddhist centers, the group sponsors dharma talks each semester and provides a forum to share questions, experiences, and information related to any sect of Buddhist thought and practice.

Contact Buddhist Sangha.

Vassar Catholic Community (VCC)

The Vassar Catholic Community (VCC) works to deepen and enrich the religious life of Roman Catholics at Vassar and anyone who is interested in or has questions about Catholicism. The group is a VSA organization whose activities focus on faith, community life, and social justice, including Mass on Sunday at 5:00 pm in the Chapel and weekly "Catholics and Conversation" meetings.  The VCC also offers all-campus programming such as guest speakers, social events, and retreats.

Contact VCC or Linda Tuttle, Affiliate Advisor

Vassar Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (VXF)

Vassar Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (VXF) is dedicated to helping Christian students grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. The group is a VSA organization that sponsors weekly meetings for prayer and fellowship, small group Bible studies, and retreats.

Contact: VXF

Ecumenical Protestants

Ecumenical Protestants serves students who come from the rich diversity of liberal Protestant traditions. Sunday evening worship services help students link their faith and learning and are held at 7:00 pm in the Chapel tower foyer.

Contact: Ecumenical Protestants or The Rev. Robin James, Affiliate Advisor

Episcopal Church at Vassar College (ECVC)

The Episcopal Church at Vassar College (ECVC) sponsors a weekly Episcopal Eucharist on campus Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Chapel tower foyer, and Tuesday "Free for All" Suppers at 6:00 pm in the Jade Parlor of Main Building.

Contact: ECVC or The Rev. Robin James, Affiliate Advisor

Hindu Heritage

Hindu Heritage is a group for people who share a practice, heritage, or interest in any sect of Hinduism. Transportation to a local Hindu temple is available monthly.

Contact: Hindu Heritage

Vassar Muslim Students Union (VMSU)

The Vassar Muslim Students Union (VMSU) is a group for Muslims and those interested in Islam. Prayers are held regularly in the Library Quiet Room and transportation is available to Friday prayers at a local mosque. The group discusses issues of concern in the Muslim community and the community at large. VMSU is a VSA organization sponsoring special meetings and dinners celebrating Muslim holidays, movies, speakers, and other social events for the campus community.

Contact: Vassar Muslim Students Union

Vassar Jewish Union (VJU/Hillel)

The Vassar Jewish Union (VJU/Hillel) strives to serve the diverse needs of the Vassar Jewish Community. The group is a VSA organization that sponsors weekly Friday night services and dinners, programming for all major Jewish holidays, cultural and educational programs that explore Jewish life and Jewish identity, opportunities for social action, and social events.

Visit the website or contact: Vassar Jewish Union or Rabbi Kerry Chaplin, Rachlin Advisor to Jewish Students

Vassar Pagan Circle

The Vassar Pagan Circle provides an open forum for discussion of pagan spiritualities and a sharing of interests and beliefs. The group is a VSA organization that offers a variety of social, spiritual, and educational events throughout the semester.

Contact: Pagan Circle.

Quaker Meeting

Quaker Meeting sponsors a weekly meeting in the manner of Friends for the Quaker community and anyone interested in the rich contemplative and activist traditions of the Society of Friends.

Contact: Quakers

Unitarian Universalists

Vassar's "UU" group engages spirituality and social issues, working to build a welcoming community in the non-creedal traditions of Unitarian Universalists. The group is a VSA organization that meets weekly for creative worship, discussion, and meditation; the group also collaborates with the local UU congregation.

Contact: Unitarian Universalists

Wholistic

Wholistic is a coalition of students working to make the life of the body and spirit at Vassar as vibrant as the life of the mind. The group is a VSA organization that provides resources, literature, dinners, workshops, and programs to help students live balanced and healthy lives.

Contact: Wholistic