Spirituality & Religion

The many spiritual and religious organizations on campus provide a wealth of opportunities to practice faith and fellowship within supportive, welcoming communities.

Office of the Chaplain

The Office of the Chaplain and the Spriritual and Religious Life Center (SPARC) are the central source for information about religious life on campus, local houses of worship, community service programming, the Religious Activities Common, and pastoral counseling.

Chaplain Website

SPARC – The Spiritual & Religious Life Center

SPARC provides space for regular prayer, scripture study and meditation sessions for individuals and groups.  Spaces can be reserved or used on a drop in basis.  There is always space set aside for meditation and prayer (including daily Muslim prayer space) and students can always drop in to hangout, study or take a nap.  Chaplains are always nearby to offer support or space to talk.

Student Religious Organizations

Below is a partial list of student religious organizations. Visit the Office of the Chaplain Student Organizations page for a complete list.

The Christian Association
The Christian Association at Penn is an ecumenical resource that advocates for cultural diversity, interfaith education, and peacemaking.

Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania
Penn Hillel is a welcoming campus Jewish community where students celebrate Jewish life, explore Jewish ideas, and build community.

Hindu Students Council/Young Jains of America
Penn HSC/YJA was started in the fall of 1999 as a University-wide organization with a goal to create an awareness of the Hindu and Jain faiths on campus.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is an evangelical campus mission serving students and faculty on college and university campuses nationwide.

Lubavitch House at Penn
Founded in 1980 by Rabbi Menachem and Chava Schmidt, the Chabad Lubavitch House at Penn is a Chabad on Campus organization, offering deep insights into the heritage of the Jewish people.

Muslim Students Association
The Penn Muslim Students Association seeks to strengthen the Muslim community at Penn and the greater Philadelphia area and create meaningful relationships with other student groups on campus through interfaith initiatives.

New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir
As a group focused on ministry, the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir celebrates and shares their faith through musical performances at and around the University.

Penn Catholic Student Association
The Penn Catholic Student Association was formed to provide a University-sponsored forum for Catholic community service and dialogue on faith and social justice.

Penn Newman Catholic Center
The Newman Center participates in the mission of the universal Roman Catholic Church at Penn and in West Philadelphia.

Penn Cru
Penn Cru is a Christ-centered organization dedicated to Bible study and nurturing a supportive faith-based community.

PRISM Interfaith Group
PRISM is a student interfaith group dedicated to advancing knowledge about religious life and promoting interaction among the various religious groups on campus.