Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life Affiliates

Affiliates are dedicated to the well-being of the Washington University in St. Louis community, particularly the spiritual, ethical and religious welfare of students, faculty and staff. They are committed to strengthening the University in its mission to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching and learning. As we seek to create an inclusive community, Washington University collaborates with Office for Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life (ORSEL) Affiliates to serve our students of any religious, spiritual, cultural or ethical identities.

Please Note: The Office for Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life is available to assist students of any/no religious, spiritual or philosophical tradition. For help connecting with a community off or on campus, or for interfaith opportunities, please complete the Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life Information Request form or contact us.

For information about the many religious and spiritual student organizations at Washington University, please see WUGO.

Please note: COVID-19 protocols at these off-campus partner organizations may vary. We encourage students to abide by WashU public health practices, even when off-campus, whenever possible. Please reach out to the organizations below for more info about their COVID-19 safety measures.

ACTS – Association of Christian Truth Seekers

A.J. Bennett
314-308-1746

Association of Christian Truth Seekers (ACTS) offers free, home-cooked dinners and Bible studies that delve deep into the Word of God. Christian students, come to strengthen your commitments; others, join us in seeking understanding of God’s truth. ACTS is a family of friends from WashU and surrounding areas who strive to better serve our Lord and community. Together, we seek a truth of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world. Non-denominational group sponsored by McKnight Crossings Church of Christ.

Asian Christian Fellowship, Harambee and International Friends, Graduate Christian Fellowship, Faculty Fellowship

(part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA)

Will Chu, Jeremy Yu | Campus Staff for Asian Christian Fellowship
Solome Haile | Campus Staff for Harambee
Esha Christie, Jesse Gray | Campus Staff for International Friends
Joshua Ho, Linda Tuch | Campus Staff for Graduate Christian Fellowship
George Stulac | Campus Staff for Faculty Fellowship

InterVarsity is an interdenominational national student movement that has four main chapters at Washington University. We share a common vision: to see the lives of students and faculty transformed, the campus renewed and world-changers developed. We welcome everyone as we seek to live out faith in practical ways and provide authentic communities centered around Jesus Christ.


The Carver Project –  Students

Shelley Milligan, Managing Director

540-817-9371

TCP Students is the student ministry arm of The Carver Project, whose mission is to empower Christian faculty and students to serve and connect university, church, and society. We help connect students with Christian faculty and local churches — we desire for students to find their primary spiritual home in local churches that can help them develop the spiritual practices and disciplines to guide them into lifelong discipleship. Our reading groups reflect our core values of uncommon community, focused engagement, and creative dialogue and always include good food. They are open to students of any faith or no faith but are led by Christian faculty from a distinctively Christian perspective. TCP Students: facilitates student reading groups led by Christian faculty on or near campus; connects students and prospective students to other campus ministries, local churches, and the Christian community in and around Washington University; helps current and prospective graduate and professional students find Christian faculty in their area of study at Washington University and peer institutions; and invites and encourages students to attend TCP events and dialogues.  Because we do not offer regular student programming outside of our faculty-led reading groups, we also encourage students to be active in other campus ministries

Catholic Student Center (CSC)

Fr. Gary Braun
Troy Woytek | Director of Ministry

The CSC provides a loving, supportive and diverse environment for students of all faiths to gather, study, converse, serve, pray and relax together.

Mass at the CSC is on Sundays at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m, Wednesdays at 8pm and Fridays at 12:05 p.m. during the school year.  Join us for our Student Sunday Suppers after 4:30 p.m. Mass and for Soup Dinner after our Tuesday 5:15 p.m. Mass.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available 30 minutes before weekday Masses, during Adoration on Mondays from 2-4pm and on Wednesdays from 7-8pm and by appointment.

At the CSC, you’ll find a very active and vibrant Catholic community that offers so much more than most students hoped to find!  This faith community can be a home away from home for you, as it has been for so many students.

Our professional campus ministry staff is always available to you. We love being able to walk with students in their journeys as they process new thoughts and experiences, wrestle with questions of faith, and discover what is truly life-giving. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can be a resource for you!

Scheduled programs are subject to change.  Stay connected through our website or at our social media links above. Join our contact list through the sign up link on our website or through the Catholic Student Union’s WUGO page.

Chabad on Campus – Rohr Center for Jewish Life

Chana R. Novack | Chabad House Director
Rabbi Hershey Novack | Director and Senior Campus Rabbi
Rabbi Yossi Abenson | JGrads Director
Goldie Abenson | JGrads Director
Reshit Ehrlich | Israel Fellow
Glenna Gelfand | Office Manager
Karen Lob | COAST Director
Rachel Philipp | COAST Director
Autumn Sharp | House Manager
Boruch Smason | Director of The Network for Area Campuses

Chabad House
7018 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-721-2884

Send Email to Chabad
ChabadWashU Facebook,  Jewish Graduate Students Association of St. Louis website, and JGradsSTL Facebook

Chabad is a vibrant and inclusive community, serving undergraduate and graduate students at Washington University. Our flagship programs include The Ari Fellowship, COAST, the Sinai Scholars Society, and we have facilitated Birthright Israel trips for over 1000 Washington University students. We host weekly Shabbat dinners that typically attract more than 150 students; our holiday programs are attended by many hundreds more.

Our affiliated student group, the Chabad Student Association, gives students the opportunity to direct social programs, educational classes, Holocaust remembrance events, and even cooking demonstrations.

As a part of the campus safety net, Chabad professionals provide guidance, referral, and chaplaincy, including hospital visits. Through the JGrads initiative, we build a sense of community among graduate students at WashU and throughout St. Louis.

Christian Science Organization

Daniel Hallman | Student president
Mary-Jean Cowell | Faculty contact (314-852-6586)

All WashU students and faculty are invited to participate in our weekly meetings. We gather informally to discuss the significance and healing effect of spirituality in current affairs, in student life, and in one’s personal experience. Meetings are held on campus, but the time and place may vary with the semester. Please contact one of the names above for more information.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in conjunction with the Latter-day Saints Student Association (LDS.sa), invites students at Washington University to worship services and learning opportunities to enhance their understanding of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. All are welcome to learn about and socialize with us.

Sunday worship services:

Young Single Adult (YSA) Ward
12pm to 2pm
10045 Clayton Road, Frontenac, MO
Bishop Aaron Witt, 314-498-9488
Lindell Ward
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
3933 McPherson Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Institute of Religion

Jim Hendricks | Institute Area Coordinator

On WashU Campus, Danforth University Center
Date and time to be determined each semester by students’ schedules coordinated by LDS.sa leader, Hyun Lee, 314-685-7645

Frontenac Building
Thursday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Social Time and treats afterwards

Join Facebook page: St. Louis Institute of Religion

Coalition for Christian Outreach (EPC)

Cole Lescher | CCO Campus Minister
C: 865-228-2769,  W: 314-854-0185

CCO is a campus ministry called Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO). We are partnered with the Central Presbyterian Church (EPC). We seek to live out the message of Jesus in every square inch of our lives and participate with God in the restoration of all things. We do this by getting to Know God and being transformed by His word, Being Known by others through community and service, being discipled as lifelong followers of Jesus, and Making Him Known in whatever vocation or space God has placed us. We meet on Thursday nights in the Danforth University Center at 8 p.m. If you want to learn more about us (service times, Bible studies, service opportunities, free meals, and much more!) please visit either CCO Home Page or our Facebook page for more information.

Episcopal Campus Ministry (Rockwell House)

The Rev. Hope (Hopie) Welles Jernagan | Interim Chaplain
7023 Forysth Blvd (just west of Big Bend)
314-884-1035
Rockwell House Website

Rockwell House is the Episcopal Campus Ministry in St. Louis. We are a fully LGBTQIA+ inclusive community, seeking to follow Christ in compassion and justice as we practice loving God, our neighbors and ourselves. This fall, we will gather outside on Sunday evenings for worship and dinner, and Wednesday nights for dinner al fresco and casual conversation. Our ministry and many members are Episcopalian, but not all – if you’re interested, you’re welcome! Rockwell House serves as a home away from home for many students in our community, and we hope you will find it to be a home for you too. Our house is open for study, cooking, socializing, TV watching, small groups, etc. All indoor activity must be masked.

Ethical Society of St. Louis and the Washington University League of Freethinkers

James Croft | Outreach Director, Ethical Society of St. Louis
617-543-8769

The Ethical Society of St. Louis is a Humanist congregation which offers the benefits of a traditional religious congregation without prayer, ritual, or reference to god or the supernatural. We support the Washington University League of Freethinkers to provide social and discussion events for WashU atheists, agnostics, Humanists, and nones.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Whitney Arthur | St. Louis FCA Programs Director
Larry Kindbom | WashU Campus Huddle Coach

1400 S. Highway Drive
Fenton, MO 63099
636-827-7105

Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a place where athletes and coaches connect and grow in their sport and faith in Jesus Christ. FCA is led by student athletes, and we meet on Monday nights for fellowship and huddle meetings. Our hope is to meet athletes and encourage them to grow in their relationship with Christ.

Hillel at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU Hillel)

Jacqueline Ulin Levey | Executive Director
Jordan Gerson | Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi
Tony J. Westbrook, Jr. | Assistant Director
Avery Lyla Friedman | Program & Engagement Associate
Jessica Partidge | Springboard Social Justice Fellow
Allison Frieze | IACT Coordinator for Israel Engagement

Jamie Avalos | Development & Communications Manager
Missy Novotny | Administrator

WashU Hillel House
6300 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
314-935-9040

Hillel Facebook Page and Hillel Instagram Page

Welcome to the beginning of your Jewish future!  Through our programs and those planned by WashU Hillel’s student groups, we engage over 1,000 undergraduates each year in our thriving, pluralistic community.  We’re excited to connect you with other Jewish students at WashU and with Jewish culture and traditions through service and social justice, religious life, social and leadership programs, and Israel engagement, including our popular Birthright Israel trips.

We have a beautiful home on Forsyth that we hope you’ll visit and make your own, with plenty of free coffee and cozy places to relax and study, but we are more than just our building.  We are here to empower and support you on your personal Jewish journey…wherever and whenever that may be.   We are also always available to provide pastoral care, referral, and support in times of illness or need.

WashU Hillel is supported by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and is affiliated with Hillel International, connecting us to a vast network of Jewish students throughout the world.

LuMin (formerly Lutheran Campus Ministry)

The Rev. Tina Reyes | Pastor

7019 Forsyth Blvd (& Big Bend)
St. Louis, MO 63105
House phone: 314-863-8140

Email
LuMin Facebook Page

LuMin-STL (formerly known as Lutheran Campus Ministry) is a campus ministry of the ELCA that exists to build community, deepen ones’ faith, expand one’s mindset and inspire service to all the world because God loves us. LuMin meets on the WU campus and at our campus house near Washington University to dwell in the Word & Sacrament, to support one another, and as a place of refuge. We are a Reconciling in Christ Community and we welcome all folks as God’s beloved.

For the 2020-2021 School year: please check our website for information about meetings and worship.

Lutheran Student Fellowship (LCMS)

Deaconess Laura Jostes
Vicar Drew Oswald

9237 Clayton Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63124
314-993-1834

LCMSU2016 Facebook Page

At the Lutheran Student Fellowship, we get it — college is tough. That’s why we support each other inside and out of the classroom, boldly confessing Christ and Him crucified, knowing that no matter who you are or what you’ve done, Jesus forgives YOU. Through weekly Bible study (food included!), social activities and engagement in service opportunities we grow in faith and in love towards God and our neighbor. Check out our Facebook page for updates, devotions, and more! Transportation is provided for students desiring to attend Divine Service each Sunday. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” (Romans 1:16-17)

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Fr. Michael Arbanas | Spiritual Advisor (314-425-9641)
Mena Agaiby | President
Julia Arbanas | Secretary

A large part of any Orthodox Christian’s religious life is their connection to their brothers and sister in faith. We at the Orthodox Christian Fellowship of Washington University in St. Louis understand that more than anyone, and invite you to join our recently-formed community. The OCF is the official group for Orthodox students on campus, dedicated to building a community centered on fellowship, service, the teaching of Jesus’ message, and education about our Orthodox heritage and the Church. With strong support from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Central West End, the closest Orthodox parish to the campus, we hope to grow together in faith and fellowship during our collegiate years, and we welcome you into our group.

Ratio Christi Apologetics Club

Mark Taylor | Campus Minister and Advisor

Kiran Boone | Student President

Ratio Christi is a Christian-based apologetics club that integrates faith, reason, science, and philosophy to seek ultimate truth. We welcome students from all World-Views, and we love for everyone to share their own thoughts. Together we tackle questions such as, “Is there a God?”, “Is eternal life possible?”, and “Can we trust the Bible?”. Each weekly meeting is on a specific topic/question, and we always leave plenty of time for interactive discussion. The meetings are every Saturday at 2pm, over Zoom.

Please visit our Instagram or GroupMe for more information

RUF (Reformed University Fellowship)

Tim Price | Campus Minister
Kristen Thompson | Campus Staff

RUFWashU GroupMe

RUFWashU Instagram

RUF is a Christian campus ministry and community at WashU. As the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America, we love the gospel and are committed to embodying it by exploring God’s redemptive work in the world and experiencing it together. Whether convinced or unconvinced of the claims of the Bible, RUF is a safe place for students to consider the invitation of God’s grace in the person & work of Jesus Christ and what it means to follow him.

UKirk – St. Louis

Rev. Max Hill

UKirk at Trinity Presbyterian Church
6800 Washington Avenue
University City, MO 63130

UKirk – St. Louis is a Presbyterian Church (USA) campus ministry that strives to embody God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ. UKirk (short for “university church”) is a faith community where students worship and follow Christ by serving others, explore and learn about faith, and encounter God’s love. To learn more about Sunday evening dinner & worship gatherings, as well as on-campus small group, service and fellowship opportunities, check out our website or Facebook page.

United Methodist Campus Ministry (UMCM)

Pastor Katie

UMCM on Facebook

We are a community of undergrad students, grad students, and young professionals in the St Louis community.  If you are looking for a place where you can “Be You, Be Loved, and Belong!” then this is the community for you!

You don’t have to be Methodist to be part of the group! All that you need is a desire to make a difference in the world, to ask the questions without easy answers, and to form relationships with people who want to do the same.

Sponsored by Grace UMC, a reconciling (LGBTQIA+ affirming), progressive United Methodist Church located near the Danforth Campus in University City.

For more information about these groups or other questions, please contact Callista Isabelle Director of Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life

Washington University is host to many religious, spiritual and ethical life student groups