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 and Contemplative Practices. 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
Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices
Meeting times and places are subject to change. Contact groups for most current information.
Buddhist Sangha (from the Sanskrit for community) is for people who practice or are curious about any sect of Buddhist teachings (dharma). The group meets weekly on Tuesdays at 8:30 am and Thursdays at 8:30 pm via Zoom during distance learning. Please contact Buddhist Sangha for link to join. In addition, Buddhist Sangha takes periodic trips to local Buddhist centers, 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
Chabad Jewish Community (CJC)
Chabad Jewish Community (CJC) is a fun, inclusive Jewish community! From Shabbat dinners and programming for all Jewish holidays, to individual and group Torah study, to volunteering in our surrounding Poughkeepsie community, come explore Judaism in many different ways and find how you connect. Our goal is to make Judaism and Jewish practice accessible and relevant for all Jewish students on campus- from the unaffiliated, secular student to the more practicing student. Our board meets weekly and these meetings are open to all who want to be involved! We join Chabad on Fulton (the local Chabad house one block away from campus) for our Shabbat dinners every Friday at 7pm for a family style, home cooked meal.
Contact: Chabad Jewish Community for more information.
Episcopal Church at Vassar College (ECVC)
The Episcopal Church at Vassar College (ECVC) sponsors a weekly Sunday Worship at 4:00 pm in the Chapel Tower Foyer, and on Tuesdays for a “Free for All” Supper at 6:00 pm in the Main Building's Gold Parlor.
Secular Student Alliance (SSA)
The Secular Student Alliance at Vassar (SSA) exists to promote community for atheists, agnostics, humanists, questioning students, and other freethinkers at Vassar College. The SSA recognizes that there are still many harmful stereotypes and misunderstandings of what it means to be an agnostic or humanist, for example, as well as the appropriation of such labels. The group seeks to dispel such myths and inform each other and the Vassar community on the meaning and liberation that secular beliefs and ethics can bring to one’s life, as well as the potential to engage in conversation with other religious groups to create more tolerant, plural societies. The group also exists to advocate for and protect the rights of freethinkers, including through robust state-church separation activism. Meetings are held every two weeks on Fridays at 4 pm in the 2nd floor lounge at Ferry House. Please check the Events Calendar or contact SSA for more information.
Sikh Student Association (SSA)
The Sikh Student Association (SSA) has both a goal of being a support system (Sadh Sangat) for its Sikh members, and raising awareness of Sikh values and struggles for the greater campus and communities. The primary goal is to provide a community of support through equality, love, and compassion. One major project of the SSA has been replacing Sikh stereotypes and unconscious stigmas with awareness of Sikhi. SSA takes weekly trips to the local Gurdwara Sahib (a place of worship for all) at Gurudwara Midhudson Sikh Cultural Society in Wappingers Falls, NY. Free transportation is provided from Gordon Commons on Sundays at 11:30am, returning at 2:30pm. The SSA also holds monthly meetings as well as events for the campus and local communities. Please check the Events Calendar or contact SSA for more information. All are welcome.
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 on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Chapel Tower Foyer for creative worship, discussion, and meditation; the group also collaborates with the local UU congregation.
Contact: Unitarian Universalists
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 meetings on Wednesday at 8:00 pm in the Gold Parlor. The VCC also offers all-campus programming such as guest speakers, social events, and retreats.
Vassar Hindu Association
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. Vassar Hindu Association did not meet this term but we are hoping that the group will reestablish next semester. If you are interested in this group, please contact Vassar Hindu Association at the link below.
Contact: Vassar Hindu Association
Vassar Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (VXF)
Vassar Christian Fellowship (VXF) is Vassar College’s chapter of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Intervarsity’s vision is “to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed.” As part of Intervarsity, VXF seeks to establish and advance witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus by growing in love for God, God’s Word, and God’s people from every ethnicity and culture.
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 at 6:00 pm and dinners at 7:30 pm in the Bayit (51 Collegeview Avenue), programming for all major Jewish holidays, cultural and educational programs that explore Jewish life and Jewish identity, opportunities for social action, and social events.
Vassar Muslim Students Association (VMSA)
The Vassar Muslim Students Association (VMSA) is a group for Muslims and those interested in Islam. The group discusses issues of concern in the Muslim community and the community at large. VMSA is a VSA organization sponsoring weekly meetings on Thursdays at 8:00 pm and Jum'ah Prayers on Fridays from 1:30-2:15 pm in the Muslim Prayer Space, located on the lower level of the Old Laundry Building. VMSA also sponsors special meetings and dinners celebrating Muslim holidays, movies, speakers, and other social events for the campus community.
Vassar Quaker Meeting
The Vassar Friends invite you to their weekly meetings in the Thompson Library Quiet Room (3rd Floor) from 11:00 am to noon on Sundays. Gatherings are open to the whole Vassar community and no prior experience 'quaking' is necessary. The group practices silent worship to listen for leadings and observe the S.P.I.C.E.S. to cultivate community, come join!
Contact: Vassar Quakers