Religious Student Organizations
The literal meaning of “Ahimsa” is nonviolence. It respects the belief that all beings are connected as one and was regarded as the highest ideal to strive for by Mahatma Gandhi in his “Satyagraha” (Truth) movement for India’s freedom. Ahimsa is Columbia’s one and only student organization devoted to promoting this Jain and Gandhian edict.
The Bahá’í Club is a student group whose membership is not confined to members of the Bahá’í Faith. It organizes regular, diverse activities open to all. Its main purposes are to bring people together in a spirit of friendship; to promote independent and unprejudiced thinking; to foster unity among different racial, ethnic, and religious groups on campus; and to collaborate with organizations having similar aims.
We are a group who focus on vegetarianism and spiritual growth through Hindu teachings. All are welcome to attend, whether or not they identify as vegetarian or spiritual. The only prerequisite is an open and curious mind.
Part of the Episcopal Campus Ministry, the Canterbury Club is the student organization at Columbia University and Barnard College representing Episcopal and Anglican life on campus. We support students by offering chapel services as well as fellowship, educational, and spiritual opportunities. We hope you will join us every Sunday in St. Paul’s Chapel at 6:15 p.m. for our weekly service, during which we celebrate the Eucharist (Communion). We also meet weekly for a catered lunch, conversation, and noonday prayer. Please see our website for times this semester!
The Chabad Student Network brings unique Jewish programming to the entire Columbia Community and serves as a representative of Columbia University undergraduates at many local and international events. The Chabad Student Network is looking to bring many more events to campus that foster communal and Jewish life. The heart of Chabad at Columbia University resides in a brownstone at 624 West 113th Street. Chabad is based on the ideology that tikkun adam (bettering yourself) will promote tikkun olam (bettering the world), and vice versa. Rabbi Yonah and Rebbetzin Keren Blum and their children host a free Shabbat dinner every Friday night during the academic year. Exact times can be found at chabadstudentcenter.org.
We are a student group who meets to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and encourage spiritual growth through reading the Bible, the Word of God.
Christian Union Lumine is a nondenominational student Christian organization focused on leadership development. We offer Bible courses, personal discipleship, prayer groups, retreats, and a rich variety of ministry and social activities. We voluntarily choose to affiliate ourselves with the regional organization, Christian Union, which partners with Christian organizations on numerous Ivy League campuses.
The purpose of the Columbia Art of Living is to create a stress-free, energetic and joyful campus community, ready to face the challenges of academic life and beyond. The organization will conduct regular yoga/meditation sessions for students/faculty/staff of Columbia University and affiliated institutions. The aim is to bring more focus, greater clarity of mind and overall well-being.
Hillel involves students in Jewish life on campus through diverse programs and a variety of student groups within Hillel representing the variety of Jewish identities and expressions. Students have opportunities to get involved Jewishly through culture and the performing arts, social action, Israel programming, religious life communities, educational activities, and social events. Our staff includes professionals from numerous Jewish backgrounds and areas of expertise, and we are available to meet with you. Our home is the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, 606 West 115th Street. We welcome you all!
Columbia Catholic Undergraduates is a community of Columbians who believe the truths proclaimed by Jesus Christ through His Catholic Church, and who strive to integrate this Catholic faith into our daily lives.
CCK, a Christian fellowship group at Columbia University, is a community of undergraduate students with a common desire to learn about Jesus and share our faith with others. Through weekly Bible studies, small groups, fellowship events, and plenty of good food, we explore the life of Jesus, tackle tough questions, and strive to build deeper relationships with Christ and each other. Dinner and Bible study on Fridays, 7:30 p.m., in Lerner Hall (please check our FB page www.facebook.com/cck.cu for the specific room each week).
At Crown and Cross, we aim to engage our diverse academic community with discussions related to our faith. Through sharing Christian perspectives, we endeavor to convey Christianity as something that appeals to both the mind and the heart.
The Columbia University Buddhist Association (CUBA) seeks to provide Columbia students with the opportunity to meet regularly in a supportive group setting to practice meditation, discuss Buddhism, and develop friendships.
CU Sewa is a group that seeks to embody the importance of the Sikh tradition Sewa (Selfless Service) in the community, as well as open discussion about other practices and beliefs of Sikhism. Sewa strives to perform societal service in the traditional Sikh way and hosts cultural events, discussions, and other projects to broaden one’s religious understanding. We share a goal to create Sikh awareness in the community through Sewa, meanwhile making society a better place through our efforts.
Falun Dafa Club at Columbia University creates opportunities for the Columbia community to learn and practice the exercises and belief system of Falun Dafa, to promote the traditional Chinese values Falun Dafa represents, and to spread awareness about the persecution of Falun Dafa in mainland China.
The Hindu Students Organization provides a forum for students to practice and explore Hinduism in an atmosphere marked by tolerance, open-mindedness, and a willingness to engage in dialogue. Although Hinduism and its customs take many forms, the HSO focuses on weekly devotional services, pujas on auspicious occasions, seva or service, and a general celebration of Hindu traditions and festivals. In order to reflect the diversity of the Hindu community, the HSO maintains a nonsectarian position with regard to the beliefs, practices, and politics it espouses.
Recognizing the importance of both diversity and unity, and insisting that only by embracing the former can we truly claim the latter, the Interfaith Collective intends to engender a new vibrancy and honesty within the university surrounding matters of faith. It hopes to create a community – within itself and within Columbia – where all are welcome and none feel alone.
InterVarsity is an interdenominational Christian ministry that is open to the entire campus community to explore the life and teachings of Jesus. A core belief is that each person is treasured and valuable to God, and each initiative of the group stems from this belief.
SOON Movement, formerly known as Korea Campus Crusade for Christ (KCCC), is an interdenominational campus ministry committed to the vision God has given to us to help fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20: "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations..."
We are a student association for Korean students and alumni at Columbia University, hosting weekly worship services and other extracurricular activities such as choir, intercessory prayer, and study breaks.
LaMP is an ecumenical Christian ministry serving young adult college and graduate students in Morningside Heights. Many of our students are from Presbyterian, Methodist and Lutheran backgrounds but others are from other religious traditions - and some are exploring faith for the first time. All students are welcome at LaMP.
The Columbia University Latter-day Saint Student Association (LDSSA) brings together Mormon and Mormon-adjacent students for frank discussion of the ways that LDS religious identity intersects with society and academia. The LDSSA meets once a week for religious discussion (CES Institute) and once a week for non-religious social events. We welcome students of all faith backgrounds, but do request mutual respect and open-mindedness when discussing religion.
The MSA aims to foster Muslim life on campus and strengthen the bonds between our allies, associates, and members within the Columbia community. We are united in the goal of promoting MSA’s presence on campus for both current and future constituents. The MSA aims to organize a variety of events that will seek to promote and address issues that are relevant to our community. We seek to educate our community about the various aspects of Islam, hoping to increase awareness about contemporary issues that are relevant to society today. As a result, we hope to work closely with our community members in order to better understand and acknowledge their needs.
The Orthodox Christian Fellowship is dedicated
to providing fellowship for Orthodox students on campus. We meet every Thursday in the Choir Room of St. Paul’s Chapel at 6:30 p.m.
Columbia University Bible Fellowship is a nondenominational, evangelistic campus organization and Christian club focused on raising disciples of Jesus at Columbia University.
Many of our nation’s colleges and universities have included the Latin word veritas in their mottos, signifying the pursuit of truth, a pursuit that was the foundation for much of the educational system for generations. Our name, The Veritas Forum, evokes our desire to explore the ideal that veritas represents. The Veritas Forum engages students and faculty in discussions about life’s hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life.
GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS
Muslim Business Students Association
Israel Business Association
Christian Business Fellowship
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia Christian Fellowship
CUMC Muslim Student Association
Medical Center Jewish Association
Christian Legal Society
J. Reuben Clark Law Society (Latter-Day Saints)
Jewish Law Students Association
Muslim Law Students Association
Hindu YUVA at Columbia University