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Faith Communities

Distinguished by the diversity of its members, the University of Rochester welcomes people of various faiths from around the world. The Interfaith Chapel works to support the expression of this mixture of heritages and groups.

Chaplains & Directors


Teshin Matt Sweger
(443) 875-6774 
teshinsweger@gmail.com

Zen Meditation Group 
Buddhist 

A Zen meditation group meets on Thursdays, 6:30-8:00, in the sanctuary of the chapel,  for sitting meditation and dharma talks led by Teshin Matt Sweger. Meditation is open to any interested person, whether or not you have any prior experience or training in Zen practice.


Rev. Hodong Hwang 
(615) 306-2261
harveydhwang@gmail.com

Asian Christian Community

The Asian Christian Community provides an Asian worship environment for Asian-Americans and Asian international students through sermon, worship and prayer meetings, some in the Korean language, others in English or other Asian languages. We hope to guide Asian students in a path under God for a fulfilling spiritual and academic college experience. Pastor Hodong Hwang is the chaplain to this group.


Sasha Hallock
Sasha Hallock, Staff 
Sasha.Hallock@Cru.org

Deanna Kustus, Staff 
deanna.kustas@cru.org

Cru

Cru is a caring community, passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ. Cru strives to create an environment where anyone can come dialogue and explore questions about faith and spirituality, as well as a place where Christian students can grow, mature, be mentored and have opportunities to lead and live out their faith in Jesus Christ.

Brian Cool
Rev. Brian Cool
(585) 275-8523
bcool@admin.rochester.edu

Newman Community

Roman Catholic Christianity

As people of Catholic Christian faith, we gather to enrich our relationship with God and one another by nurturing the link between intellectual and spiritual life.



Rabbi Michael Silbert
University of Rochester Hillel
(585) 275-5981
RMSilbert@admin.rochester.edu

Hillel

Jewish Life

Hillel is all about students, with the mission to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

 

Denise Yarbrough
Dr. Ahmet Celenli
advisor to Muslim students
(585) 275-4321
Ahmet.Celenli@admin.rochester.edu

Muslim Students’ Association (MSA)

Islamic Community

Two MSAs (Undergraduate and Graduate) serve the Muslim students on campus. They provide programming of interest to the Muslim community, conduct Jumma prayers on Fridays and participate in interfaith activities on campus to educate the community about Islam.


Protestant Chapel Community

Mainline Protestant Christianity

The Protestant Chapel Community is an open and inviting group of mainline Protestant Christian students who worship weekly and participate regularly together in programs of service, education, and fellowship.


Brian White
Brian White, Pastoral Associate 
(585) 275-8517
bwhite8@admin.rochester.edu

UR Christian Fellowship

Christianity in the Gospel Tradition

The University of Rochester Christian Fellowship is dedicated to serving the University community by providing a Christian Protestant service in the spirit-filled gospel tradition.


Asher Yaras
Rabbi Asher Yaras
(585) 503-9224
ayaras@ur.rochester.edu

Chabad House

Jewish Student Community

Its warm and friendly atmosphere has earned the Chabad House a reputation as a “home away from home” for students, where a meaningful Jewish experience can be enjoyed.

 


Fr. Patrick Cowles
Chaplain, OCF of Rochester
(585) 244-1976
fpholyspirit@hotmail.com

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Orthodox Christian Fellowship is a nationally recognized campus group that gathers for fellowship, to learn more about the Orthodox Christian faith, to worship God, and to serve through various ministries.

The Director, Chaplains and Faith Community Leaders

The Director of Religious and Spiritual Life works with chaplains and faith community leaders to create, articulate and carry out the mission of the Interfaith Chapel within the university and greater Rochester community.  She provides leadership by encouraging multi-faith understanding, interfaith dialogue, education, and cooperation, through a variety of educational programs, spiritual offerings and service projects in the University and the local community off campus.  The director supports the chaplains and faith community leaders in their work, encourages small and emerging student religious groups, and initiates and promotes interfaith programs and education.  Regular dialogue with interfaith leaders on other campuses and in the Rochester interfaith community, and participation in regional, national and international interfaith gatherings enhances her outreach at the U of R. The Director maintains a blog as a forum for community discussion of issues in the world from an interfaith perspective. See www.interfaithconversations.blogspot.com.  The Director also holds an appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Classics where she teaches courses in interfaith studies and engagement.

The university has twelve religious or spiritual groups or communities currently affiliated with the Interfaith Chapel.  The Catholic Newman Community, The Protestant Chapel Community, Hillel, Chabad and Cru all have full time chaplains or religious leaders who serve their student community and three of those chaplains have offices in the interfaith chapel. The Zen Meditation Group, URCF, OCF, and the Korean Christian Community all have part time chaplains, who share office space in the interfaith chapel. With the rapidly increasing religious diversity within the university and nation, the chapel has become home to a variety of other faith communities, including, the Muslim Students Association, the Hindu Students Association and the Secular Students Association, all of which have religious or other advisors who work as part of the Interfaith Chapel team.  The director, chaplains and faith community leaders work together to respond to students needs in ways that meet present day religious and spiritual realities. We strive to bridge boundaries that traditionally have divided people of different faith traditions, and of none at all. We encourage students to embrace the diversity that is so much a part of life in this university and our nation and to claim that diversity as a means for intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth.