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Religious, Spiritual and Worldview Campus Groups

As an institution committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and to the well-being of all members of its campus community, the University of Guelph strives to recognize, respect and celebrate the diverse religious, spiritual and worldview identities on campus.  The University promotes religious pluralism which is defined by respect for people’s diverse religious and non-religious identities, mutually inspiring relationships between people of different backgrounds, and common action for the common good.   

Campus groups supporting students who identify with a religious, spiritual or worldview tradition are recognized on campus in one of two ways: by having staff members join the Multi-Faith Resource Team or by accreditation through the Central Student Association.  All groups recognized on campus have agreed to work together in respectful and faithful authenticity, to practice transparency, and to uphold the spiritual and emotional safety of students.

Religious, Spiritual and Worldview Campus Groups staffed and supported by the Multi-Faith Resource Team

Chabad of Guelph – Jewish

Chabad of Guelph is a meeting place for Jews of all backgrounds to connect with each other and explore their heritage in an accepting and warm environment.  At Chabad of Guelph every Jew is family!

Ecumenical Campus Ministry (ECM) – Christian, Protestant – Anglican, Presbyterian and United Church

ECM is the on-campus home of the Anglican, Presbyterian, and United Church at the University of Guelph.  We offer discipleship programs and worship gatherings, consistent with the mainline Protestant tradition.

Guelph Campus Ministry (GCM) – Christian, Protestant – Christian Reformed Church

GCM seeks to be a community where you can root yourselves deeply in Christ and discover your calling; where your gifts and talents can be identified and encouraged; and where you can find comfort and guidance in the midst of your struggles and disappointments.

Guelph Hillel – Jewish

Through promoting Jewish identity, cultivating student leadership and embracing religious and political diversity in an inclusive environment, Guelph Hillel enriches the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

Newman Centre Guelph – Christian, Roman Catholic

Newman Centre Guelph is the spiritual home of Catholic students at the University of Guelph.  Weekly activities in the Oratory (aka chapel) include weekday Masses, the Rosary, Adoration and Sunday Mass.  Weekly community activities include small group faith studies, dinners, and various talks.

Student-led Clubs accredited through the Central Student Association (CSA) supporting Religious, Spiritual or Worldview Identities

Guelph Asian Christian Fellowship:

We are a group of university students who acknowledge Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour and who strive to know and strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Hindu Students Society (HSS): 

Hindu Students Society is a faith club that aims to bring all the Hindu Students on campus together.  We share our experiences as well as celebrate religious festivals.  We aim to education students on campus about Hinduism not only as a religion but as a way of life.

InterVarsity Undergraduate at Guelph (IVCF – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship):

Transforming youth, students and graduates, in all their ethnic diversity, into fully committed followers of Jesus Christ.

Muslim Students’ Association (MSA):

The Muslim Students’ Association is dedicated to providing accessible services for Muslim students in order to help meet their spiritual needs.

Parkview Student Group:

We are a Christian club where students can build relationships, discuss relevant issues, and explore how faith relates to those issues in a small, safe group atmosphere.

Power to Change (P2C):

We’re a group of students who love Jesus and love to tell others about Him.  We meet weekly in small groups and as a community, run events to help others discover Jesus for themselves.

University Catholic Community (UCC):

What does “Being Catholic” mean today?  Join fellow students in the UCC who are seeking the answer to this question through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Indigenous Students

Community connection and supports are available through the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC).  The Indigenous Student Centre engages a community of people from a variety of First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures, backgrounds and world views.  They strive to foster a diverse and holistic community based on Indigenous kinship models.  Being immersed in an inclusive community helps us to feel connected to each other and to something bigger than ourselves. 

The ISC offers supports through advising, counselling and programming.  A variety of Visiting Elders and Knowledge Holders facilitate cultural and spiritual teachings and provide individual and group advising.  To meet with an Elder, email Elders@uoguelph.ca or come to any open programming posted on GryphLife.   

Additional Resources

The U of G Yoga and Meditation Collective hosts weekly yoga and meditation sessions on campus every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00-1:00 PM.  The collective hosts additional events periodically.  Find out more by contacting yoga@uoguelph.ca.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? 

Contact Sonya Wu-Winter (swuwinte@uoguelph.ca), Coordinator of Multi-Faith Programs, to find out about other resources or to discuss starting a student group on campus.