Penn Student Organizations
Penn students pursue their faith and fellowship within a wide variety of student organizations.
For more information please follow the links to each organizational website or contact our office.
Organizations are grouped by faith tradition and listed alphabetically.
Scroll down to browse the full list of groups below or sort by faith tradition:
Student Contacts: Sam Murray
The Penn Baha'i Association aims to unite members of the Baha'i faith and students of all faiths on Penn's campus in order to promote the ideals of the oneness of humanity and unity among the world's religions. Study circles, devotional gatherings, and community service projects form the core activities through which the Association works toward this goal.
Student Contact: Mi Jeong Jo
Staff Contact: Eva Davis
Soka Bodhisattvas is a student organization contributing to the creation of a culture of peace and nonviolence based on the teachings of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism as practiced in the Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA). This group aims to help students unlock their hidden potential and achieve creative harmony with their environment through the philosophy and practice of Nichiren Buddhism.
Asian Baptist Fellowship (ABF) is a campus group committed to studying the Word of God and building Christ-centered relationships. We strive to learn more about God through the Bible and share God's love with all in the Penn community. All are welcome to join us on Friday nights for thought-provoking Bible studies, food, fun and fellowship.
ABF is the college ministry of Philadelphia Mission Baptist Church (PMBC)
BASIC (Baptist Campus Ministry)
The Christian Association (CA) is a community of hospitality, service & advocacy, and faith exploration. We strive to live out the Gospel message— to bring God’s love to Penn students (undergrad & grad), faculty, staff and neighbors. We welcome every person into our doors regardless of religious affiliation, orientation, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race or gender.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Action is a meeting of student athletes dedicated to exploring their faith through prayer, Bible study, fellowship and worship.
Affiliated with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Athletes in Action (AIA)
As Penn's first and only Christian a cappella group, we hope to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel on campus and the West Philadelphia area. In acknowledgment and celebration of God’s sovereignty, we seek to worshipfully compel others to know Jesus more through music and our lives.
Impact Movement - (Christian students of the African Diaspora)
We bring together students, researchers, and their families from any country, culture, or religion for the purpose of friendship, learning, and spiritual support. We offer free English chats, Bible discussions for internationals from any faith, multi-national discussions forums, social activities, and holiday celebrations with Americans.
We are associated with Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF) locally and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship USA nationally
ISI Philly is a Christian organization that, beginning January 2013, will offer international students: Friendships with American families, Special activities (cultural, social, recreational), ESL opportunities, Discussions about the Bible, Small group gatherings. ISI Philly welcomes any student, regardless of race, nationality, or religious preference.
ISI Philly is affiliated with International Students, Inc.
Staff Contacts: Ellen Williams
Intervarsity is a community of Christian students seeking to create and facilitate relationships between people and Jesus. We seek growth through scripture study, prayer, and weekly small and large group meetings. We desire to allow Jesus to shape and guide our lives as we live together and individually in class, sports, music, arts, work, and the rest of our lives. Anyone is welcome to join us, regardless of faith background.
Affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA
Student Contacts: Xiao Ji
Jiayin Christian Fellowship is one of several graduate student Christian Fellowships of the University City Chinese Christian Church that regularly meets in West Philadelphia (currently at 4420 Pine Street). Every Friday evening, 12-15 graduate (or recently graduated) students of Univ. of Penn or Drexel University meet as a fellowship. We study the Bible together as well as hold lively discussion of topics that relates to our daily Christ-Center living. Many students who seek to find out more of the Christian faith come and find our fellowship discussion stimulating and our relationship genuine. Please contact us if you would like to join our group!
Affiliated with the University City Chinese Christian Church
Student Contacts: Ben Notkin
Lamp Post, Penn's first Christian journal, exists to foster meaningful, faith-based dialogue in the Penn community. We are a group of inter-denominational Christians who belief that Christianity is essential in today's world and on this campus. We are in search of greater understanding, we do not claim to have all the answers, and we hope to connect with all who are in search of Truth.
The UPenn Latter-Day Saints Student Association (LDSSA) exists to serve the friends and members of The Church Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are a part of the University of Pennsylvania Community. The club seeks to foster friendships and promote faith through weekly scripture study, social events, and inter-collegiate conferences.
Affiliated with the LDS Philadelphia 3rd YSA Ward at 39th & Chestnut
UniLu is a campus ministry and a parish of families and single adults, welcoming all persons regardless of affectional orientation or gender presentation. Questions about faith are welcome here as well as a way we grow in faith together. We serve the community through weekly meals for our HIV/AIDS affected neighbors. Your help is always welcome.
UniLu is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Lutheran Student Movement (LSA), and Reconciling Works-advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans throughout the ELCA. We also maintain close ties with the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).
Student Contact: Erika Anderson
As a group focused on ministry, the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir seeks to spread the word of the Lord through song and help to serve as a catalyst for change in the spiritual lives of those affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, as well as in the surrounding communities. The choir meets twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8 to 10 pm in College Hall 200. The choir has open rehearsals and auditions are not required!
The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) meets weekly on campus. Our mission is to provide all students engagement with the ancient Christian faith. The OCF is student led with Orthodox clergy advising. Our weekly activities include among other things prayer, discussion, and fellowship.
OCF is affiliated with the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas
Student Contact: Maggie Buff
The Penn Catholic Student Association was founded to offer students a university-sponsored forum to meet other Catholics and live their faith through service to the community. With the help of Fox Leadership's Faith and Service Partnership, we are committed to Catholic social teaching through service to Penn, West Philadelphia, and the global community.
Penn Cru is a community where the gospel captures hearts, transforms lives, and prepares students to be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. We are the local chapter of Cru Global, a world-wide caring community passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ. We long to see the day when everyone at Penn knows someone else who truly follows Jesus.
Penn Faith and Action is a gospel-centered community that welcomes students from all backgrounds. Our ministry emphasizes leadership development, rigorous study of scripture, social justice and active involvement in campus and community life. We encourage every student to pursue their calling as servant, disciple and leader, growing in the likeness and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Penn Faith and Action is resourced by Christian Union.
Penn for Jesus forges partnerships in prayer to build missional communities that transform college campuses with the Gospel of Jesus. At the University of Pennsylvania, we function as a coalition group for Christ-centered organizations.
Affiliated with Campus Renewal Ministries
PGCF is a heterogeneous community of University of Pennsylvania graduate students growing in our understanding of God through Christ and His revealed Word, living integrated Christ-transformed lives, and inviting others to know Him. We have weekly prayer, worship, small group Bible discussion, and occasional social events.
We are affiliated with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship USA
The Penn Newman Catholic Ministry is the Roman Catholic Church's presence on Penn's campus. Penn Newman offers a variety of social, spiritual, and service opportunities. All Penn students are welcome to participate.
Penn Newman is affiliated with Sts. Agatha & James Parish in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Staff Contact: Dave Brindley
Philly Bridge exists to serve you as an international students in our community. We do that through... Service: Providing you with valuable services that meet your tangible needs. Social: Providing social networking opportunities to get to know other Americans and fellow international students. Spiritual Resource: Providing you with opportunities to learn about Christianity and the Bible.
Philly Bridges is part of Bridges International
The mission of Renewal College Fellowship (RCF) is for every individual to experience the gospel of the life-changing grace of Jesus Christ within a caring Christian community. Our hope is that you would be able grow in Christ and find a community that encourages you on your spiritual journey.
RCF is the college ministry of Renewal Presbyterian Church
Whitefield Society exists to promote the integration of faith, learning, and service at the University of Pennsylvania. To that end we are a discipleship community that meets to develop the notion of a Christian worldview & missional life style that engages the whole person in our context. Through shared reading, prayer, mentoring, and study the Whitefield Society endeavors to grow in the knowledge of Scripture, a Christian worldview, and better grasp God’s missional heart for the unique context of the University of Pennsylvania.
Penn HSC/YJA was started in 1999 to increase awareness about Hinduism and Jainism. In the last decade, we have expanded rapidly on the national scene to become one of the most active chapters in the nation. HSC's main events include Garba, Diwali, Saraswati Puja, and Hindu Jain Awareness Week along with many weekly activities.
We are affiliated with the OmKar foundation which helps college organizations with religious and prayer services.
The Faith Fund committee is a group of committed religious student leaders who work to provide funding and programming support for activities that consider religious and spiritual themes and non-event based support for religious and spiritual organizations. Religious and non-religious Penn student organizations are eligible to apply for event funding.
Student Contact: Dahlia Kenawy
The purpose of Penn Jews and Muslims (Penn JAM) is to build ties and bridge the gaps between the Jewish and Muslim communities on the Penn campus. Its main goals are to create meaningful and lasting friendships between group members and to build on the principles of diversity and religious pluralism through dialogue and social gatherings. Though the group targets mainly Jewish and Muslim students, everyone is invited and encouraged to attend events and become involved with the organization.
PRISM is Penn's religious umbrella group. We work with individual groups to promote religious life at Penn while also encouraging interfaith dialogue. We plan regular interfaith service and dialogue projects and through the Faith Fund we provide funding for religious events on campus.
Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania is the umbrella organization for Jewish life on campus. We encompass many religious, educational, social, cultural, Israel advocacy, and other groups that allow students to explore and create their own Jewish experiences on campus. Our lively, fun community is comprised primarily of Penn undergraduates, but we also have a group for graduate students and young professionals and we welcome students from Drexel, Temple, and other Philadelphia-area schools.
We are affiliated with the national and regional branches of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Life on Campus.
The Conservative Jewish Community is a warm group that offers social, educational and religious opportunities for the Penn Jewish community. Every Friday night and Saturday, CJC holds Shabbat services filled with upbeat melodies and singing. In addition we provide a welcoming community all week including informal learning, exciting speakers, social gatherings and delicious dinner events.
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
Staff Contact: Miriam Steinberg-Egeth
The Jewish Graduate Student Network, a program of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, serves all of the Jewish graduate and professional students in the Philadelphia area through campus-based and city-wide events. The Grad Network offers a wide range of social, educational, cultural, and religious programs, as well as career development and community service opportunities. The Grad Network offers extensive programming for Penn students as well as opportunities for Penn students to meet their peers at other universities.
J-Bagel is a Philadelphia-wide student group dedicated to serving members of the LGBTQAI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Transexual/Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Ally, Intersex) community. J-Bagel runs events for the Jewish and/or LGBTQAI community, including social gatherings, panel discussions, and Shabbat dinners. J-Bagel keeps an active online listserv where privacy is deeply respected.
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
Staff Contact: Rabbi Josh Bolton
The Jewish Renaissance Project is about you, your interests, your friends, and your Jewish identity! JRP is an alternative choice for Penn students who want to figure out what Judaism means in a sophisticated and intellectually open way with other people who look and talk just like you. JRP programs are diverse (with different designs for freshmen, Greeks, those who live off-campus and everyone else in between) and cover any way that you could want to explore your Judaism.
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
The Orthodox Community at Penn is one of the most active and vibrant student groups of Orthodox Jews in the country! Join us for daily events, classes, and services - or just come chat in the kosher dining hall at Hillel (Steinhardt Hall, 39th and Locust).
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
Tzedek Social Justice (TSJ), is Hillel's community service and advocacy group on campus. Framed by the Jewish imperatives of tzedakah (righteousness), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness), and tikun olam (repairing the world), Penn Hillel TSJ is committed to engaging and empowering students in meaningful public service both on and off campus and encouraging creative Jewish thinking about social justice issues. Some of our annual events include Mitzvah Day, Adopt-a-Family Drive and Relay for Life.
RJC is Penn's Reform Jewish Community, providing a spiritual, social, and religious home for Reform Jews on campus. If you are interested in musical and creative Shabbat services, warm and welcoming social events and dinners, or opportunities to learn more about Judasim, let us know!
Affiliated with Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, Union for Reform Judaism
Shabbatones - (Jewish A Capella)
Student Contact: Marlee Stesin
The Shabbatones always put on a great show. Having toured London, California, Florida and Boston, they have brought their a capella delight far and wide. With a repertoire of popular Israeli, American and Jewish songs, the Shabbatones' music appeals to a wide group of people. So make sure to keep an eye out for this fantastic group as they rock their vocals all over campus.
Shira Chadasha is a community which strives to provide Penn’s Jewish student body with spirited and inclusive prayer opportunities. We offer a traditional service that promotes the maximum participation of females and males within a halachik framework. Meeting throughout the semester, Shira Chadasha hosts lively Friday Night and Shabbat day services attended by a diverse group of students from throughout the Penn Hillel community. Shira Chadasha aims to increase awareness and discussion of issues related to prayer and spirituality, gender roles and Jewish Law, and the fostering of inclusivity in our Jewish communities.
Affiliated with Penn Hillel
Lubavitch House, a branch of Chabad on Campus, creates an open and welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds and affiliations, to celebrate and explore their heritage. Our goal is to provide students a warm and non-judgmental space to participate in a variety of expressions of Jewish life: Educational classes, religious celebrations and holidays, community service and social programming. We strive to be the place where "every Jew is family."
MEOR Means Illumination. Light reveals and inspires. Light expands vision and uncovers new realities. MEOR is dedicated to illuminating lives with Jewish light. We hope to create a vibrant Jewish future led by a new generation of Jewish students who are; literate in Jewish wisdom, culture, and heritage; instilled with a deep personal identity that inspires commitment to Jewish values; empowered and actively engaged in Jewish community and support of Israel.
We are affiliated with the national branch of Meor, located in NYC.
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PennWheel is a community for those interested in exploring pagan and nature-based religions and spiritualities. We aim to hold study groups and spark discussions on various beliefs, as well as coming together to observe the various holidays on the Wheel of the Year. Please email us if you are interested!
We seek to create an inclusive and engaging environment for those on Penn's campus who are interested in Islam. Through diverse programming, we aim to positively contribute to the social, professional, religious, and spiritual development of our members, and to collectively give back to the broader Penn and West Philadelphia communities. Additionally, our campus minister provides religious, spiritual and pastoral guidance and counseling to Muslims at Penn in order to enrich their experience while here.
Student Contact: Seth Koren
The Penn Secular Society aims to foster community among the irreligious, provide a haven wherein members may discuss religion and related issues, and encourage the Penn community to think critically about their beliefs.
Affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance, and a member of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason
Penn Students of AMF - (AMF - Actively Moving Forward a support group for students coping with illness or death of loved ones)