Get Connected: On-Campus Student Religious and Spiritual Organizations
Student Religious Groups represented below have a Chaplain or a Faculty member of the Claremont Colleges as an Advisor, agree to be respectful of those who have different beliefs, and are open to and value the multi-religious experience of The Claremont Colleges.
- 3C InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
- 3C InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a community of students who are growing in Christian faith. Anyone is welcome to our meetings, Bible studies, and events--Christians of any background, students of other faiths, or students asking questions about faith. You're invited anytime. For more information visit the 3-College InterVarsity (3CIV) web site.
- Catholic Student Pastoral Council
- Student planning group meets weekly before Sunday evening Mass with Fr. Joe.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Scripture Study Institute Class meets weekly for class and activities.
- The Claremont Colleges Bahá’í Club
- The Claremont Colleges Bahá’í Club aims to increase awareness of the Bahá’í Faith and promote interfaith dialogue within the Claremont Colleges and the surrounding community. Our goal is to create a space for fellowship, prayer, and critical inquiry into spiritual questions in the Claremont Colleges, and to investigate the Bahá’í teachings in the context of these questions. People of all religions and beliefs are welcome at all Bahá’í Club events.
- Eastern Orthodox
- Community meets on occasion during the academic year for holiday and worship events.
- Hillel at the Claremont Colleges
- Hillel at the Claremont Colleges is the center for Jewish life at the 7 Cs. We serve the Jewish community in whatever ways we can, whether through social, religious, or social action opportunities, or through any other aspects of your daily life. For more information visit the Hillel web site.
- Hindu Society
- Group gathers for holy days and special events.
- Jewish Mentor Program
- The Jewish Mentor Program strives to foster a sense of community for all Jews, religious and secular, by providing a space for students to self-identify as Jewish in whatever way they may choose. The program supports the diversity of experiences among Jews and hopes to serve as a medium for promoting dialogue on Jewish issues, both within the organization and beyond, through workshops, social events, and other programming. The program not only serves as a resource for students to meet other Jewish first-years and find community, but it also strives to affirm all aspects of mentees' transition to college and personal growth.
- Multifaith Service Council
- The Multifaith Service Council, a group formed by the Office of the Chaplains, brings students of various faith, secular and spiritual traditions from the Claremont Colleges together to organize service projects, dialogues, and events to build community, peace, and understanding.
- Muslim Student Association
- The Muslim Student Association (MSA) functions to promote awareness of Islam among the community, to provide a support structure for Muslim students, and to hold Islamic events. Some functions of the MSA are to develop a greater understanding of Islam, promote unity and conduct activities that increase unity and activism. Membership of the MSA is open to all students of the undergraduate schools, and the graduate schools. For more information, visit the Muslim Student Association blog or contact the MSA by email.
- Pomona/Pitzer Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
- Pomona/Pitzer Intervarsity Christian Fellowship meet weekly. All are welcome to attend.
- Quakers Society/Friends
- Quaker ideals of inquiry-based education, consensus decision making, peace, equality, and integrity will provide the foundation for our meetings. This 7C Quaker group will be rooted in community. Our meetings will be a space to transfer knowledge through community by having discussions on how to explore peace, justice and sustainability within the 7C's as well as outside of them.
- Queers of Faith
- Queers of Faith is a 7C Interfaith Student Organization for LGBTQAI Students of Faith and their allies. We are welcoming to students and community members of all faith backgrounds and sexual orientations. QOF meets twice monthly at McAllister Religious Center. Our main goal is to create a safe place to work through the trials, tribulations, and triumphs that come from living as and/or loving Queer Religious folk. We also work to raise the wider community's awareness as to our presence.
- Soka Gakkai Buddhists
- Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is a Buddhist network that actively promotes peace, culture, and education through personal exchange and social contribution. Soka Gakkai members embrace Nichiren Buddhism. Please visit the SGI's website for more information. During our meetings, we pray, study and discuss Buddhism and its application to our daily lives, and support each other in our faith. All are welcome to our meetings! Learn more about our campus activities.
- Zen Meditation
- In this group we practice basic mindfulness, learning to reside in the present moment and experience it fully. An ancient practice that originated in Asia and is now being widely used in the West, mindfulness is not an effort to escape the place where we are, nor the pursuit of special, exotic states of consciousness. Instead, it is the cultivation of openness, acceptance and equanimity, enabling us to become more at peace with our lives. Parts of our experience that we have suppressed or pushed away are allowed back into our awareness. This process of self-reconciliation enhances our capacity to handle stress and awakens renewed zest for life. Instead of divorcing the "spiritual" and "emotional" dimensions of our lives, we allow a time for personal sharing of our inner experiences, thus creating a small, supportive community.
A Word of Caution on High Pressure Groups
Final Word... Be Careful! and check this brochure to learn how to better respond to high-pressure tactics.
In past years some students have had painful experiences with certain destructive religious groups—groups not affiliated with the Claremont Colleges, which are not subject to the collaborative code of non- proselytizing and mutual respect on which the Claremont Colleges Office of The Chaplains has been founded. These groups are often less than candid about who they are and what their agenda is as they contact (and in some unfortunate cases harass) students, particularly newcomers.
If you believe that you are being recruited or harassed by such a high pressure group—or if you are concerned about a friend—contact any of the Chaplains.
The Chaplains are here to help you have a healthy experience of your spiritual journey while you are at The Claremont Colleges.