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Active Religious & Spiritual
Student Organizations

This list includes active religious/spiritual student organizations.  For a list of additional worship spaces in the Centre County area, please visit Local Houses of Worship.

Bahá'í

Bahá'í Campus Association

Bahá'í Campus Association

Mission

The purpose of this association shall be to further the tenets of the Bahá'í Faith; to invite those interested to investigate the Faith for themselves; to promote the unity of mankind; and to foster understanding, love and fellowship on this campus by sponsoring such things as lectures, information tables, service projects, discussions, informal gatherings, social activities and public meetings. (Aliases: Baha'i; Bahai)

Not Currently Active

This group is not currently active. Please contact the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement in 103 HUB-Robeson Center (814-863-4624, studentorg@psu.edu) if you have questions about this organization's status.

 

Buddhism

Dharma Lions

Dharma Lions: The Mindfulness and Meditation Community at Penn State

Mission

Dharma Lions is a community that’s dedicated to practicing and revealing greater sense of well-being for ourselves and others. We provide space to explore mindfulness in a simple yet direct and meaningful way, usually through guided instructions by senior meditation practitioners. The invitation is to explore our deepest values, discover the inner world of authenticity, and experience a true sense of belonging. Our group is open to all students and local community members from beginners to enlightened beings:) We hope to meet you and learn together from each other. May you be well, happy, and peaceful!

Not Currently Active

This group is not currently active. Please contact the Office of Student Activities in 103 HUB-Robeson Center (814-863-4624, studentorg@psu.edu) if you have questions about this organization's status.

Christian

Adventist Campus Ministries

Adventist Campus Ministries

Mission

Provides a place for Adventists/Non-Adventist to discuss in-depth aspects of the Bible; promotes spiritual growth, both personal and corporate.

Alliance Christian Fellowship

Alliance Christian Fellowship

Mission

The purposes of this Organization shall be:

A. To provide a place to worship the triune God (God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit).

B. To provide, for individual believers of kindred spirit, fellowship with one another without affecting their denominational ties or campus organizational affiliation.

C. To encourage students to maintain a close personal walk with God.

D. To encourage students to engage in the influencing of others toward Christ.

E. To promote Christian fellowship and growth.

F. To bear witness to the Christian truths included in the membership application.

G. To provide a place where students lead and participate in the operations of a local student church.

H. To challenge and equip students for effective leadership, service, and responsibility in the Church and the world.

I. To help students live out a Great Commission/Great Commandment ministry in conjunction with our parent and sponsoring organization, the State College Christian Missionary Alliance Church.

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  • 207 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center/Eisenhower Chapel
    724-581-8822
Asian American Christian Fellowship

Asian American Christian Fellowship

Mission

Establishes for the express purposes of providing opportunities for Asian students at the University to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Contact
  • 209-A Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Assembly of God Chi Alpha

Assembly of God Chi Alpha

Mission

The purpose of this organization shall be to provide opportunities for the students of the Pennsylvania State University to develop their spiritual and social lives through worship, fellowship, discipleship, community service, witness, and prayer. This organization shall be primarily concerned with serving Assembly of God students and all those of like faith who believe:

1. ….the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written word of God.

2. ….there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

3. …in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to the earth.

4. …faith in Christ demands obedience to God’s Word.

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Bridges International

Bridges International

Mission

Bridges International is a caring community of Christ-followers welcoming all international students and scholars as well as interested American students and we are committed to:- Serving others- Promoting social connections- Engaging in spiritual conversations- Helping internationals and Americans grow to become leaders who can love, encourage, and serve others.

Burning Hearts

Burning Hearts

Mission

To promote Christian outreach to the Penn State community by providing speakers and events on campus.

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  • 227 Sparks
    (814) 883-6587

Calvary at Penn State

Calvary at Penn State

Mission

The goal of the organization is to get students of Penn State University connected to Calvary Church which will help them be better connected with Jesus Christ, serve the community, and find their calling.

The purpose of this student organization is to serve as a bridge between the student body and the Calvary Church community, getting students plugged into the opportunities for community service, leadership development and social activities that Calvary Church provides.

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oaa5061@psu.edu

Affiliations
  • Calvary Church
Campus Ministry International

Campus Ministry International

Mission

The purpose of the Penn State CMI is to provide in-depth study of Apostolic faith while setting up programs & services to encourage and maintain spiritual awareness. We are endeavoring to explore and experience the power and ministry of Jesus Christ, as was experienced by the early church.

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Catholic Campus Ministries

Catholic Campus Ministry

Mission

The mission of the Catholic Campus Ministries at Penn State is to give witness to a Catholic presence in university life and to promote and sustain the well being of the whole Catholic person. Grounded in the tradition of the Church, Catholic Campus Ministries provides for an environment and fellowship that challenge members to encounter the Living Christ and be transformed by His Spirit. To aid in this mission, Catholic Campus Ministries provides for community members the obilgatory liturgies essential to the faith and in the process also addresses the liturgical needs of many in the international student community. In addition, Catholic Campus Ministries offers retreats, service opportunities, book and Bible studies, lectures and other activities within a tradition of diverse ethnic, cultural and language backgrounds that benefit the campus community and the universal Catholic Church. 

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  • (814) 865-4281
Cedar Heights Church RSO

Cedar Heights Church RSO

Mission

The Cedar Heights Registered Student Organization is an RSO that fosters a multi-ethnic community where people who don't know Jesus can come to learn about him and understand the good news Jesus brings. Also, to be a place where Christians can learn, mature and become closer to Jesus and better worshipers of God.

Christian Grads

Christian Grads
(Graduate Student Movement of Cru)

Mission

Provides fellowship for graduate students interested in investigating or developing a Christian belief system.

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Christian Student Fellowship

Christian Student Fellowship

Mission

Promotes fellowship among Christian students, encourages development of Christian maturity, provides a vehicle for Christian ministry, and develops programs of Christian education.

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  • 208-209 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
    (814) 865-1562

Coalition for Christian Outreach

Coalition for Christian Outreach

Mission

Aims to deepen and strengthen the spiritual life of the student body through Bible study, prayer, and fellowship.

Cru

Cru

Mission

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

Meeting Schedule
  • Thursday Large Group Meeting
    7:00 p.m.
    HUB - Freeman Auditorium

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DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship

DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship

Mission

DiscipleMakers is a local chapter of the Pennsylvania-based DiscipleMakers organization. Our purpose is to help people learn about Christianity, about why knowing Jesus matters, and about how to live out your faith day to day. We welcome everyone no matter what their background or interest level is. We seek to meet people where they are at and investigate who Jesus is and why he matters. We also place a high value on community and individual mentorship and investment. We do all of this through things like small group investigative Bible discussions, mentoring relationships, specific Bible study training, and through a loving and caring community. Since we are a local chapter of a larger organization there are also many opportunities to learn and grow through inter-collegiate conferences and service trips.

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Elohim Bible Study Club

Elohim Bible Study Club

Mission

The Elohim Bible Study Club exists to provide all interested Penn State students, regardless of religious affiliation, an academic perspective of the Bible through historical fact and modern science. The Club also shares the love of the Spirit and the Bride, God the Father and God the Mother, through volunteer services in the Penn State community. The Elohim Bible Study Club is affiliated with the World Mission Society Church of God. 

Happy Valley Christian Community

Happy Valley Christian Community

Mission

The purpose of Happy Valley Christian Community is to follow Jesus and befriend people from all countries of the world. We believe that love is the most powerful force in the world and that we should extend this love even to those who dislike us or hate us. We believe that a deep love for God and others is the best possible foundation for building intentional communities, strong families, and vibrant churches. We frequently host discussion forums on these and many other topics. We also host cultural events, Bible studies, Christian Worldview classes, seminars, and more. We seek to promote the teachings and values of Jesus and his Apostles and we endeavor to live them out in a manner similar to the early Christians. HVCC facilitates connections between the student community and the local community and is affiliated with Followers of Jesus church.

Harvest Christian Ministry

Harvest Christian Ministry

Mission

Focuses on raising spiritual leaders who share the same core values.

Not Currently Active

This group is not currently active. Please contact the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement in 103 HUB-Robeson Center (814-863-4624, studentorg@psu.edu) if you have questions about this organization's status.

Home of Hearts

Home of Hearts

Mission

As the only Chinese speaking Christian fellowship for undergraduate students in Penn State University, Home of Hearts shares the good news with Chinese-speaking students and builds up relationships.

Incarnation Campus Fellowship

Incarnation Campus Fellowship

Mission

The purpose of the Incarnation campus Fellowship is to help students group in their love and knowledge of God in Jesus Christ through Sunday worship services, small groups, and discipleship. Incarnation Campus Fellowship is a ministry affiliated with the Anglican Church in North America.

International Christian Fellowship

International Christian Fellowship

Mission

International Christian Fellowship is a welcoming student group serving the needs of international students, providing opportunities to develop genuine friendships, discover Jesus Christ, grow in their relationship with Him, and lovingly share Christ's love with others at Penn State and the world.

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  • 210A Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
    (814) 404-8116
Korean Students for Christ

Korean Students for Christ

Mission

Develops and enhances the students' personal relationship with Jesus Christ and allows them to believe Him as their Lord and Savior through numerous activities.

Latter-Day Saint Student Association

Latter-Day Saint Student Association

Mission

Encourage and support members in achieving their academic goals and maintaining a balanced life while on campus, by encouraging members to participate in activities and services on campus and in the community.

Not Currently Active

This group is not currently active. Please contact the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement in 103 HUB-Robeson Center (814-863-4624, studentorg@psu.edu) if you have questions about this organization's status.

Lions for Christ

Lions for Christ

Mission

The purpose of Lions for Christ is to provide an opportunity for Christians to gather in an informal setting to study God’s word and to build each other up spiritually. These objectives will be obtained through Bible readings/discussions and prayer. The aim is to emulate Christ in our lives and to share His teachings with others.

Lutheran Student Community

Lutheran Student Community

Mission

As believers in Jesus Christ, the Penn State Lutheran Community is committed to: Welcoming all the name of Jesus, Embracing Personal Growth and understanding, Exploring the connections between God’s Word and the world, Preparing to follow Jesus’ example with our lives, So we may go forth in a celebration of God’s Love. On the Penn State campus, Lutheran Student Community will welcome you into this community of faith where people talk, listen & share the challenges and joys of campus life, explore who God is, and help you find for yourself what place God has in your life.

Meeting Schedule
  • Sundays 
    8:00 p.m.
    Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S Garner Street

  • Thursday
    5:00 p.m.
    Worship Hall (Room 127), Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

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The Navigators at Penn State Univeristy

The Navigators at Penn State University

Mission

Helps provide for students a spiritual challenge equal to their capabilities by individually helping them in their personal development and growth as followers of Christ, and teaches others to do the same.

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  • 207 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

New Life Student Fellowship

New Life Student Fellowship

Mission

Reaches and equips students for a lifetime relationship with Jesus Christ and develops a multiplying ministry as servants of Christ to the world.

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  • New Life website
    207A Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
    (814) 883-5950
    Follow us on Facebook at New Life @ PSU

Newman Catholic Student Association

Newman Catholic Student Association

Mission

Promotes, builds, and serves the developing University-Catholic community through religious, educational, and social activities, and encourages members to take an active role in the Church and secular society.

Meeting Schedule
  • Mondays
    7:15 p.m.
    Frizzell Room A/B, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
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  • 203 HUB-Robeson Center

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Mission

Supports fellowship on campus; experiences and witnesses the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of Faith.

Meeting Schedule
  • Saturday Vespers
    6:00 p.m.
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 119 S. Sparks

  • Sunday Liturgy
    10:00 a.m.
    Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 119 S. Sparks

  • Thursday Meeting
    7:00 p.m.
    122 (Pod 2) Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

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Presbyterian Student Fellowship

Presbyterian Student Fellowship

Mission

Forms a body that provides its members with opportunities for spiritual growth, community outreach and mutual support in an environment where its members are faithful to God, to society and to each other, with the ultimate goal of improving The Community.

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  • 132 W. Beaver Ave.
    State College, PA 16801

Reformed University Fellowship

Reformed University Fellowship

Mission

RUF provides an in-depth ministry to university students firmly rooted in the authority of the Bible, and its manifold applications. We are an on-campus community in Penn State seeking to experience the gospel in community with others, equip leaders for service during and after college, and to grow in wisdom and knowledge of the gospel as it relates to Reformed traditions. With the skillful employment of student-lead music, we communicate and comprehend the truths of the gospel. At RUF we focus on 4 main things: Christ, Community, Cause, Culture.

Meeting Schedule
  • International Dinner and Discussion
    Tuesdays
    6:30 p.m.
    118 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

  • UG Large Group
    Thursdays
    6:00 p.m.
    Frizzell A/B, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

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  • 217 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
    (814) 441-5090

Remnant Ministry

Remnant Ministry

Mission

Our mission is to restore biblical evangelism, build personal relationships with God, and establish a firm foundation for those who wish to continue their walk of faith with Jesus Christ.

Revive at PSU

Revive at PSU

Mission

Revive is a Jesus-centered campus ministry at Penn State. We are real people doing real life together, & we are intent on adopting everyone into the family of faith by showing them their value as children of God.

We are connected to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. To be Lutheran simply means that we accept the scriptural truths that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century and led to a renewed focus on the Gospel. Locally, we are a part of the church, Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran.

Storehouse

Storehouse

Mission

Storehouse is here to love God and our neighbors, follow Jesus, seek to live out the Good News, and serve Penn State University & Happy Valley (love, follow, seek, serve). 

We have so much fun doing this as a community and would love for you to join in!! If you're interested in joining one of our groups or just want to connect, shoot us a message!

Student Mobilization

Student Mobilization

Mission

Student Mobilization is a collegiate ministry that looks to develop leaders across campus and provide opportunities for students to connect with one another.

Unity Christian Campus Ministry

Unity Christian Campus Ministry

Mission

Vision: Embrace God, Embrace People, Embrace Purpose

In 1977, the "Ministries of Life Fellowship" and the "Black Christian Fellowship" merged to become UCCM, and since have never looked back. Unity Christian Campus Ministry is a group of college students who want to live for God in community. We live life together and commune for Bible Studies, kickbacks, community service, and more. Our advisors are sources of spiritual, physical, and emotional support and guide us through thick and thin. As always, but especially today, UCCM is not in agreement with the mistreatment of anyone based on race, gender, religion, sexuality, and anything else of the like. Together we can live the purpose-filled life God has called us to.

Victory Christian Fellowship

Victory Christian Fellowship

Mission

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Our vision is to help students from all backgrounds know God in a genuine relationship and fulfill His plan for their lives.  We’re not interested in forcing anything on anybody, but enjoy introducing students to the perfect and loving God. Our goal is to help you connect with God through an experience with Jesus Christ  that will tangibly change your life forever! 

The Well Student Fellowship of Penn State

The Well Student Fellowship of Penn State

Mission

Hello! We are The Well, formerly The Salt Company. We are a group of students connected to a local church, Wellspring church, that want to create a community of Christian believers to love and follow Jesus together. We would love for you to join us! We currently meet on Wednesday nights at 8p in 212 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, across from the library on campus. All are welcome, no matter your religious background or affiliation - we are non-denominational and would love to meet you! Hope to see you there :)

Wesley Student Foundation

Wesley Student Foundation

Mission

The Wesley Student Foundation is a ministry of St. Paul's UMC, along with Abba Java Coffeehouse. Abba Java is a free student coffeehouse - come and get a coffee or tea or a snack! You can always find a pastry or a bagel or a muffin inside. Abba Java also provides places for students to study.  Visit our website at www.wesleypsu.org for more information. 

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Affiliations
  • St. Paul's United Methodist Church
    250 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801
    Abba Java House.

Young Life

Young Life

Mission

Enables college students to serve as Christian role models in the lives of local middle and high school students through community service and outreach; trains and guides college students in the areas of successful Youth Ministry.

Not Currently Active

This group is not currently active. Please contact the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement in 103 HUB-Robeson Center (814-863-4624, studentorg@psu.edu) if you have questions about this organization's status.

Hindu

Vedic Society

Vedic Society

Mission

Helps all people discern reality from illusion, spirit from matter, the eternal from temporary; encourage the student community to appreciate and understand higher dimensions of knowledge as given in the vedic scriptures.

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Islam

Al-Ghadeer Association

Al-Ghadeer Association

Mission

The purpose of the Al-Ghadeer Association is to provide a community for the Shi'as in State College, hold social and spiritual gatherings, pray and read and study The Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed and Ahlulbayt (PBUT).

Not Currently Active

This group is not currently active. Please contact the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement in 103 HUB-Robeson Center (814-863-4624, studentorg@psu.edu) if you have questions about this organization's status.

Muslim Graduate Student Organization

Muslim Graduate Student Organization

Mission

MSGO is a group that hopes to build a safe and supportive community where Muslim graduate and professional students from different schools and cultures at Penn State feel comfortable to express themselves openly, create mutual aid networks and develop inter-cultural understanding.

Muslim Students' Association

Muslim Students' Association

Mission

Promotes unity and join action among the Muslims, conducts various activities in the best traditions of Islam, promotes friendly relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, and makes Islamic teachings known to non-Muslims.

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Jewish

Aish Penn State

Aish Penn State

Mission

The purpose of Aish Penn State is to provide a cultural and traditional outlet for Jewish students by providing Jewish learning, heritage trips, socials, and holiday celebrations.

Not Currently Active

This group is not currently active. Please contact the Office of Student Activities in 103 HUB-Robeson Center (814-863-4624, studentorg@psu.edu) if you have questions about this organization's status.

Chabad: Jewish Student Organization

Chabad: Jewish Student Organization

Mission

To foster Jewish pride and identity by providing a warm environment that enables Penn State students to explore their Jewish heritage regardless of religious background or financial status.

Meeting Schedule
  • Fridays
    7:00 p.m.
    Chabad House - 443 Waring Ave. (downtown)
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  • 215 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
    (814) 863-4929
Hillel

Hillel

Mission

Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of the 6,000 Jewish students at Penn State so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Penn State Hillel’s student leaders, staff, and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming, and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually, and socially. Penn State Hillel helps students find a balance between being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Penn State Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability, and results.

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  • 114 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
    (814) 863-3816
JGrads

JGrads

Mission

JGrads exists to create an active and enriching environment for Jewish graduate students at Penn State through planning events, speakers, activities, and meals tailored for Jewish graduate students.

Pagan

Silver Circle

Silver Circle

Mission

Silver Circle provides a supportive and educational meeting ground for people interested in all paths of pagan spirituality. Silver Circle also aims to foster a healthy spiritual community for people of different spiritual paths, educate the University, local community, and others about pagans and paganism, provide a safe space and promote understanding, acceptance, and tolerance.

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Sikh

Sikh

Sikh Student Association

Mission

The Sikh Student Association (SSA) on campus serves to provide a group for not only Sikh students but all students on campus to learn more about the faith and spread awareness about its people. SSA hosts bi-weekly meetings, langars (community meals), and fundraising trips. 

Religious/Spiritual

Chinese Student Ministries

Chinese Student Ministries

Mission

Welcomes new Chinese students, scholars, and their families to Penn State. Builds up a friendly and loving Chinese-speaking students community through special events, personal contact, and supportive services. Connects the Chinese-speaking students community with the American culture and other international cultures.

InnerVision Circle

InnerVision Circle

Mission

The purpose of InnerVision Circle is to provide a warm, vibrant atmosphere of friendly camaraderie in a favorable academical environment for any interested students, faculty, and staff to enjoy a unique education on inner enrichment.

Pregnancy Resource Clinic at Penn State

Pregnancy Resource Clinic at Penn State

Mission

To offer Penn State students facing an unplanned pregnancy hope and healing through connecting them with the resources that exist at State College's Pregnancy Resource Clinic.

Science and the Bible Club

Science and the Bible Club

Mission

To research the relationships between Science and the Bible and to educate others regarding these relationships.

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Location

111 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center - Eisenhower Chapel
University Park, PA 16802
spiritual@psu.edu

 

Our events and programs are open to all students regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, or any other protected class. Student Affairs is committed to building a community of belonging for all.