Religious and Spiritual Life 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 Student Assembly of Interfaith Leaders (SAIL). Their mission is to be the greenhouse for leaders of all backgrounds, and the incubator for leaders of all future promise.

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 website or social media accounts. For questions and more information, email or call 315.443.2901.

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. 


Weekly Meetings:

  • Fridays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in 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.


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 international students at Syracuse University by helping them with their transition to American culture and providing 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.


For more information, 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 Meetings:

  • Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., 101 Hall of Languages


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 Hendricks Chapel.

  • Sunday Masses: 10:30 a.m. at Catholic Center, 1 p.m. at Hendricks
  • Tuesday/Thursday: Fr. Gerry’s office hours (Confession with no appointment necessary), 2-4 p.m. at Hendricks
  • Wednesday: “20 minute” Mass at Hendricks at 12:10 p.m. and Fr. Gerry’s office hours, 1-2 p.m. at Hendricks
  • Thursday Dinners: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. after 7 p.m. Mass at the Catholic Center

We also have service, opportunities, retreats and community-building events. 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 Meetings:

  • 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 


Chinese-American Friendship Association (CHAFA)

CHAFA is an interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization with the purpose of sharing friendship and God’s love with the Chinese community at SU and ESF. In keeping with that purpose we seek to engage the Christian community of the greater Syracuse area with the Chinese community at the universities. Emphasis is placed on building relationships with our Chinese members and fostering a sense of community within CHAFA. To fulfill our purpose, the organization offers a variety of groups and weekend activities as listed in our website:


CHAFA Wechat: syracusechafa


Christian Outreach

Christian Outreach is a service-learning organization that provides community service opportunities, Bible studies, workshops and Alternative Spring Break trips. Our aim is to love God, serve Others and share Christ.


Weekly Meetings:

  • Tuesdays, 8 p.m - 9:30 p.m.
    Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel

During each semester we will offer trainings for various types of community service and investigative Bible studies.


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 Meetings:

  • 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 Meetings:  

  • Thursdays, 8 p.m., Grant Auditorium


Engaging Culture Group (ECG)

"Exploring together what really matters most in life!"

ECG is a Chrisitan faith-based group that is open to all who desire an interactive exploration of shared ideas and thinking ... our gathering is friendly, casual and with sweet treats (free) provided.

For More Informatin Contact:


Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes offers students, athletes, coaches and university staff an opportunity to learn more about God’s love for them and how it can positively affect their daily lives.

Our weekly meeting consists of food, relationship building and an inspiring message about knowing and growing in Christ.  Our meetings are Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. at the Melo Center (Michael Tobin Academic Lab).  We also offer small group Bible studies as an additional way to develop spiritual maturity.


Weekly Meetings:

  • Tuesdays at 8 p.m. – The Melo Center (Michael Tobin Academic Lab)


G Fy G (Glorify God)

Glorify God exists to glorify Jesus by representing the ideas of faith, love, and hope as it is mentioned in the Bible. We are founded from a range of members in different church denominations but have the central idea that Jesus Christ is Our Lord and Savior. We support and encourage students to live out their faith on campus through leadership opportunities, service events and worshiping Christ.


  • Elder Melvin Baker, Historically Black Church Chaplaincy Associate Chaplain
    315.395.0466 (Cell)


Hillel Jewish Student Union (HJSU)

The Hillel Jewish Student Union creates a diverse and comfortable Jewish community at Syracuse University through programming, leadership opportunities and interpersonal relationships.  The HJSU cultivates relevant and relatable programming around the arts, social justice, Israel, Jewish identity and positive Jewish role models in order to empower the current and future generations of Jewish leadership on campus. 

The Hillel Jewish Student Union hosts events like Passover Seder in the Carrier Dome, Israel Fest and Shabbat services (5pm) and delicious kosher Shabbat dinners (6pm) every Friday throughout the academic year at the Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life (located at 102 Walnut Place).  Shabbat with the Hillel community is a wonderful way to relax and recharge with old and new friends at the end of the week! Hillel also hosts services, meals and programming for Jewish holidays.

You can learn about all of our events, programs and leadership opportunities on our website:

And stay up-to-date with Hillel on our social media!
Facebook:  Syracuse Hillel             
Instagram:  @syracusehillel      

The Winnick Hillel Center for Jewish Life
102 Walnut Place
Syracuse, NY 13210

Hillel Staff and HJSU advisors:

Jillian Juni, Executive Director

Rabbi Joel Goldstein, Campus Rabbi and Jewish chaplain

Jessica Lemons, Chief Operations Officer

Ronen Tzadok, Jewish Agency Israel Fellow


Hindu Students Association

Hindu Students Association (HSA) is an organization that focuses on bringing Hindu culture and traditions to the Syracuse University campus. The Hindu Students Association seeks to foster an environment of Hindu spirituality through an open community. We host celebrations for major holidays like Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi.




Hope Christian Student Fellowship

Hope Christian Student Fellowship (Hope CSF) is a multicultural group open to both domestic and international students. The purpose of Hope CSF is twofold: 1) To provide a warm community like a family to students who are far away from ‘home’ and 2) To provide a worshipping community for Christian students. Hope CSF is a “Home away from home” and a “House of Worship.” For this purpose, our gatherings always include warm welcomes, good fellowship and lots of great food. Everyone is welcome to the Hope family!


Weekly Meetings:

  • Fridays, 6:30 p.m. - “Dinner Church” featuring praise music and dinner in the Chaplains' Suite (lower level of Hendricks Chapel)
  • Sundays, 12:30 p.m. - Traditional worship service and lunch at Erwin First Church (920 Euclid Ave.)

For more information about Hope family, visit their Facebook page or Instagram profile.


Impact Movement at Syracuse University

Our mission to is to take the truth of Jesus to the campus, community, and world by producing leaders who are spiritually focused, financially responsible, and morally fit. We seek to provide a biblically centered context in which issues related to the Black community are discussed. 



For more information follow us on Instagram: @cuseimpact. 

Weekly Meetings:

  • Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
    Life Sciences Building - Room 156


Latter-day Saint Student Association (LDSSA)


Weekly Meetings:

  • LDS Institute classes, 7 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.


L.I.F.E. @ SU

L.I.F.E. stands for Love Is For Everyone.  We want all student to have the chance to experience Jesus's love, which is for everyone.

We are a non-denominational Christian group interested in taking a critical look at spiritual concepts and principles from the Bible. We host small group discussions and individual bible studies to understand the value and application of these principles to our communities, both local and global, as well as in our individual lives. We believe that the teachings of Jesus and the Bible have the power to not only change lives but transform the world when lived out with conviction in the hands of leaders.

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…” (John 14:12)

We also host numerous other events on campus and in the community to strive to help students feel loved and like they have a home away from home.

L.I.F.E. is associated with the Syracuse International Christian Church.



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 Meetings:

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

We also host two special events:

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


Orthodox Christian Fellowship


Weekly Meetings:

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


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 Meetings:

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


SU Student Buddhist Association


On-Campus Weekly Meditation:

Hendricks Chapel (Small Chapel, located at the lower level of Hendricks)

Schedule for Meditation

Led by senior practitioners, Zen Center of Syracuse, and by experienced students.
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 (SPIRAL)

SPIRAL (Student Pagan Information, Relations, and Learning) 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 Meetings:

  • Mondays, 7 p.m., Small Chapel (lower level of Hendricks Chapel)

The Vineyard

The Vineyard Student group is a gathering of students on Thursdays at 6:30 in Nifkin Lounge (ESF). We have music, relevant teaching, and discussion. We also believe that God wants to actively work among us in prayer, healing, and prophesy. A couple times per semester we will engaged in a community service project. The atmosphere is laid back and open to everyone!


Weekly Meetings

  • Thursdays, 6:30pm, Nifkin Lounge (ESF Marshall Hall)