Syracuse UniversityHendricks Chapel


Religious Groups

Hendricks Chapel is home to all student religious or spiritual groups on campus. These groups span a wide diversity of religious traditions and spiritual interests. Participation in religious groups is open to all students.

While each religious group serves a particular faith constituency, the religious groups work together as part of the Religious Life Council on issues of interfaith engagement, student welfare and spiritual programming.

All religious groups support and live out the Hendricks Chapel Ethical Framework that calls upon each chaplaincy and religious group to honor the religious freedom, human dignity, conscience, personal spiritual welfare and the religious tradition of every person to whom they minister.

Information about each student religious group is available through their Web site.  You can also visit the lower level of Hendricks Chapel where each religious group maintains a bulletin board outlining their activities.

For more information on beginning a religious group, download the Student Religious Group document.

Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF)

ACF provides Bible-based spiritual fellowship and mentoring for all students, staff, and faculty who are seeking a closer walk with God. Through friendship, outreach, and campus service, the fellowship shares its love in the community. Our fellowship nurtures students and provides them a home away from home. 


Advisor: Kofi Appiah Okyere
315-443-3587 [SCF2] 

Weekly Meetings:

Fridays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hall of Languages, Room 201 (meeting times may vary slightly depending on the season).

Alpha Phi Omega (APO)

APO is a national co-educational service fraternity based in the principles of leadership, friendship, and service. The SU/ESF chapter seeks to set the standard for college campus-based volunteerism. APO strives to help each member develop leadership skills, secure lasting friendships, and provide service to others.


Maria Velazquez

For more information about our chapter, visit the APO Web Site.

Baha'i Student Club of Syracuse University

The Baha'i Faith is an independent world religion. Its more than 5 million adherents in more than 200 countries and territories in the world follow the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith, such as the oneness of God, the essential unity of the world's major religions, and the oneness of mankind.


For more information, visit the Baha’i Faith website.

Weekly Meetings:

Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Room 202, Hall of Languages.

Bible Study Ministries

Our mission is to support ethnically Chinese students at Syracuse University to help them with their transition to American culture and provide an opportunity for them to learn about Christianity in a culturally-appropriate context.  We also seek to encourage students toward a balanced academic and social experience during their years of attendance at Syracuse University.


 Student Leaders
 Sam Fu

For more information, visit the Bible Study Ministries website and like the Bible Study Ministries on Facebook.

Weekly Meetings:

Fridays, 6:30 p.m., 709 James St.

We meet on Friday evenings to share an authentic Chinese meal, worship God, listen to his Word, and share in discussions about life and faith.


Brothers And Sisters In Christ (BASIC) All Nations

BASIC brings together brothers and sisters in Christ from all nations, denominations, churches and campus groups every week at Hendricks Chapel (Sunday evenings 5 to 6 p.m. in the Noble room) for joint worship and intercession for personal and campus-wide revival. By God's grace, this has been an hour of power experiencing many breakthroughs and has continued non-stop for more than four years even through campus breaks and winter storms!

BASIC also:

  • Arranges welcome trips for new students to scenic sights in the region (Niagara Falls and Adirondack Mountains).
  • Organizes a family luncheon on the Thanksgiving day for international students and scholars on campus without family to join on this important holiday.
  • Holds a Bible Study every Monday evening (8 to 9 p.m.) in room 101 of the Crouse Hinds Hall.
  • Sponsors the FOCUS Discussions that take place every Friday night (9 to 11 p.m.) in the Hall of Languages in room 215.
  • Joins hands with other Christian groups on campus for a time of joint worship and with other religious groups for a time of social service. 


Campus Bible Fellowship

Biblical counseling available. Individual Bible study, special events, transportation to church and other Bible studies also available.


Weekly Meeting:

  • Fridays, 7:30 p.m., 213 Roe Avenue


Catholic Association at SU

The Catholic community at SU/SUNY ESF works with the Roman Catholic chaplaincy to coordinate activities that promote a safe haven for all students of faith while educating them on how to live their beliefs in a college environment. Please join us at Masses, Power Hour or Dinner to become an integral part of our community.  Gatherings are held at the SU Catholic Center at 110 Walnut Place or at Hendrick's Chapel.

  • Sunday Masses: 10:30 a.m. at Catholic Center, 1 p.m. at Hendricks
  • Power Hour - Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m., at the Catholic Center
  • Thursday Dinners - Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. after 7 p.m. Mass at the Catholic Center
  • Refresh - Sunday evenings, 7:00 p.m. at the Catholic Center

We also have service, opportunities, retreats and community building times. Check out the SU Catholic website for more details or to sign up!


Chabad House Jewish Student Center

"The warmest place away from home"

Chabad House Jewish Student Center serves Syracuse University and the campuses of Central NY, with religious services, educational and social programming: "Have Shofar, will travel," Sukkah Mobile, Simchat Torah Dancing, Giant Traveling Chanukah Menorah, Purim Blast, International Student Shabbaton in NYC, Passover Seders, and birthright Israel are some of the many programs offered by Chabad House.

Chabad House Jewish Student Center is the address for a Kosher properly hand written Mezuzah, Tefillin, Shabbat Candles, A Siddur, and anything Jewish. It's the home for every Orange Jew.


Rabbi Yaakov Rapoport and Chanie Rapoport, Executive Directors
Chabad House Lubavitch
825 Ostrom Ave.
Syracuse, NY

For a full updated schedule, visit the Chabad House website.
Find us on Facebook: Chabad House at Syracuse University.

Weekly Meeting:

  • Weekly Friday evening service during fall and spring at 7 p.m.; during winter at 6 p.m., followed by free Shabbot dinner.  RSVP on the Chabad House Facebook page, by email, or call 315-424-0363.
  • Shabbat morning Minyan: Saturday, 10:30 a.m., followed by free Shabbat lunch 

Christian Science College Organization

The CS Organization holds weekly meetings throughout the semester and all are welcome. The meetings are informal and consist of prayer, and readings from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Participants are encouraged to discuss how the application of prayer has helped them or others during the past week.


Weekly Meeting:

  • TBA - Small Chapel, Hendricks Chapel


"A caring community, passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ."

Cru is an interdenominational group seeking to glorify Jesus. Irrespective of your religious background and regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey, we invite you to come explore life's biggest questions with us. We meet on Thursdays as a large group to worship God, listen to His Word, and enjoy each other's friendship and share what God is doing in our lives. Throughout the week we also meet in smaller groups to study the Bible and share life together. For more information, like the Syracuse Cru Facebook page.


Weekly Meeting:  

Thursdays, 8 p.m., Kittredge Auditorium


Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes offers students, athletes, coaches and fans an opportunity to learn more about faith in Christ and how it can positively affect their daily lives. 

Our weekly meeting consists of relationship building, worship and an inspiring message about knowing and growing in Christ. Our meetings are Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. at the Melo Center (please check out the FCA Syracuse Facebook page for exact times and locations). We also offer small group Bible studies as an additional way to develop spiritual maturity. Please check out the FCA Syracuse Facebook page for times and locations.


Weekly Meeting:

  • Wednesdays at 8 p.m. – The Melo Center


Hillel Jewish Student Union (HJSU)

Each year a talented group of students are selected by a group of their peers to work with the staff at Hillel at Syracuse University to engage their fellow students and create dynamic programming. The Hillel Jewish Student Union (HJSU) is a registered organization under the Syracuse University Student Association and through Hendricks Chapel to maximize the number of students they can reach with social, religious, and social justice programming.  The HJSU is one of the oldest and most active student groups on campus and can be reached by E-mail at

Visit, to see our calendar of events and learn more about the HJSU and Hillel at Syracuse University.

Latter-day Saint Student Association (LDSSA)


Weekly Meetings:

  • LDS Institute classes, 6 p.m., Thursdays, at the Syracuse LDS meetinghouse, 801 East Colvin Street, Syracuse.
  • Sunday services, 10:00 p.m. for the Syracuse Ward, 801 East Colvin Street, Syracuse.

Muslim Students' Association (MSA)

MSA builds and maintains a community for Muslims at Syracuse University and educates the campus community on Islam and contemporary Muslim issues.  The MSA introduces Islamic cultures, heritage, and values for understanding and enriching human values.

Services offered and amenities available include a prayer room with ablution station, Friday Juma'h prayers at the Hendricks Chapel, and halal food service at Shaw dining hall.  MSA also offers Eid dinners.

Visit the MSA website and send us a question via email at


  • Advisor on Islam and Consultations:
    Ahmed Malik

Mustard Seed Fellowship

Our mission is to bring together a multinational and multicultural body of students who share faith in Christ and to help them become more like Christ and become better servants of Christ. 


Weekly Meeting:

Wednesday Noon Prayer: At a meeting room in Hendricks Chapel, 12 p.m., throughout the school year. 

Also host:

  • Semi-annual Praise & Worship
  • Annual Bible Conference (January)

Orthodox Christian Fellowship


Weekly Meeting:

Mondays, 5 p.m., in the lower level of Hendricks Chapel or at the Varsity, as announced.  

PENSA (Pentecostal Student Association) Campus Ministry

PENSA is the campus ministry born out of The Church Pentecost, a worldwide Pentecostal Church with its headquarters in Accra, Ghana. The purpose of this organization is to instill and sustain the belief of God at the collegiate level.

It exists to bring all people everywhere to the saving knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ through the proclamation of the gospel, the planting of churches, student ministries and the equipping of believers for every God-glorifying service. This ministry demonstrates the love of God through partnership with governments, communities and other like-minded organizations.


Weekly Services:

  • Sundays: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 935 N. Salina Street, Syracuse, NY, 13208

Other services/events: TBA via the PENSA OrgSync page.


Soka Gakkai International (SGI)

The SGI is based on the teachings and philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, which places the highest emphasis on the sanctity of life. Members seek, through their practice of Buddhism, to develop the ability to live with confidence, to create value in any circumstance and to contribute to the well-being of friends, family and community. 

Our philosophy is rooted in the concept of "human revolution," a process of inner transformation through Buddhist practice. It is a process that leads us to develop our character and to act not only for our personal fulfillment, but also for the betterment of society. 


Weekly Meeting:

  • Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. - Strates Room, Hendricks Chapel

SU Student Buddhist Association


On-Campus Weekly Meditation:

Spring Schedule 2017

Monday, 12 to 1 p.m., 5 to 6 p.m., Small Chapel, Hendricks Chapel
Tuesday, 12 to 1 p.m., Small Chapel, Hendricks Chapel
Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Small Chapel, Hendricks Chapel
Thursday, 5 to 6 p.m., Small Chapel, Hendricks Chapel
Fridays, 12 to 1 p.m., 5 to 6 p.m., Small Chapel, Hendricks Chapel

Other sittings offered during the academic year. Led by Jikyo Bonnie Shoultz, Mokuon Karen Nezelek, and student leaders. No experience necessary, all faith traditions welcome.

Speakers, film nights, and other activities based on members' interests.

Also visit the Zen Center of Syracuse, 266 West Seneca Turnpike, For program schedule, call 315-492-9773

SU Lutheran Student Association (SULSA)

SULSA provides community activities for students who may or may not be Lutheran, their friends, and guests. Come kick back in a "normal" house, get out of the "dorm" and hang out. Make some new friends and chill a bit. Food? Of course! SULSA meets each week. Sometimes students cook dinner at Pastor Gail's house which is just one block from campus. Sometimes we tackle questions over a food court meal in the Goldstein Student Center, sometimes we pack a picnic and go on a hike, and once a month we invite a faculty member or community leader to a full course dinner in exchange for them leading us in a discussion on a contemporary issue. 

For more information, visit the Lutheran Campus Ministry website.

SU Pagan Association

The group provides a safe space for pagans, pagan curious, and pagan friendly people to come together in community to discuss ideas, practice ritual, and to expand their knowledge of the many pagan faith traditions.


Weekly Meeting:

  • Mondays, 7 p.m., Strates Room, Hendricks Chapel

Young Life College

Young Life College's mission is ​to introduce students to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. We hope to mentor these students in their environment and welcome them into a community where they can get to know Jesus. We want to prepare students for a life of faith in college and beyond through community groups, mentorship, biblical study, prayer, and service opportunities. Young Life College is welcome to all!




Religious Observances Policy

Syracuse University recognizes the diverse faith traditions represented among its campus community and supports the rights of faculty, staff, and students to observe according to these traditions.

All University offices are asked to be sensitive to the needs of faculty, staff, and students who are observing a religious holiday when scheduling meetings and events.

Deans, department chairs, and program directors are asked to make every effort to avoid scheduling meetings or events at times that would exclude faculty who are observing a religious holiday from participation.

Supervisors are asked to be supportive of staff members who request vacation or personal time to observe a religious holiday and to make every effort to avoid scheduling meetings or events at times that would exclude such staff members from participation.

Students are asked to consider that it is more difficult to arrange appropriate accommodations in some kinds of courses - for example, those that have certain kinds of laboratories or a significant experiential learning component - so students should consider their need for accommodation for religious observances as they plan their schedule each semester. Students should recall that not every course is offered every academic year and that the catalog indicates how frequently each course is offered.

Faculty are asked to make appropriate accommodation for students' observance needs by providing an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirement that is missed because of an absence due to a religious observance, provided the instructor has been notified no later than the end of the second week of classes for regular session classes and by the submission deadline for flexibly formatted classes. No fees will be charged to the student for the costs incurred by the University for such make-up work. If a faculty member is unwilling or unable to make an appropriate accommodation, the student should consult his or her academic dean.

Syracuse University recognizes that the faith traditions observed by our diverse community include more holidays than can be captured adequately in a list. In addition, some observances vary by tradition and by country and are defined by the lunar calendar. However, to assist in identifying religious observance days, Hendricks Chapel has compiled a list of religious holidays that reflect a large proportion of the University community and that may or may not fall on University work and class days.

The chapel also recommends consulting the more comprehensive Interfaith Calendar.

Religious Observances Notification

Each fall and spring term, students are provided an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirements that may be missed due to a religious observance provided they notify their instructors no later than the end of the second week of classes for regular session classes, and by the submission deadline for flexibly-formatted classes.

Students must notify their instructor(s) if they will be absent from class for religious observances.  Student deadlines and the notification form are posted in MySlice under Student Services/Enrollment/My Religious Observances/Add a Notification.

Instructors may access a list of their students who have submitted a notification in the MySlice Faculty Center