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Religious, Spiritual and Worldview Campus Groups

U of G is home to many diverse religious, spiritual, and worldview campus groups which offer students opportunities to discover community, ask important questions, connect in friendship, and find support in their expression of faith and spirituality.

Religious, spiritual, and worldview campus groups are recognized on campus either through the Multi-Faith Resource Team or through accreditation by the Central Student Association. All recognized groups have agreed to work together in respectful and faithful authenticity, to practice transparency, and to uphold the spiritual and emotional safety of students.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact Sonya Wu-Winter, the Multi-Faith Programs Coordinator at faith@uoguelph.ca, and she can point you to resources or help you start a new group.

Religious, Spiritual and Worldview Groups at U of G

Al-Zahra Student Association - Muslim
The University of Guelph's Al-Zahra Student Association is a club created for Sh'ia Muslim students and/or anyone wishing to learn more about the Sh'ia faith. We hold events that cater to the social and spiritual needs of Sh'ia Muslim students and provide a safe space for discussion of various topics impacting the Sh'ia people. While also strengthening the bond between each other through spiritual, athletic and social events.

Athletes in Action - Christian
Athletes in Action is a supportive community for varsity athletes who desire to explore and practice the Christian faith in their life and sport. Our goal is to create a safe place for athletes of any faith background to be curious and ask questions. We also want to help Christian athletes grow in their faith, particularly as it relates to their sport life.

Chabad of Guelph - 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.

Ecumenical Campus Ministry (ECM) – Christian, Protestant
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 Asian Christian Fellowship (GACF) - Christian
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.

Guelph Campus Ministry (GCM) – Christian, Protestant
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.

Hindu Students Society (HSS) 
The 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.

LIFT Church Club - Christian
LIFT Church is a group of small groups called Simple Churches. We invite you to join one of our Simple Churches as we come together to learn, serve the campus, and do life together.

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.

Newman Centre – 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.

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) – Christian
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.

Sikh Students Association (SS)
The Guelph SSA meets every week for open discussion and to occasionally do Keertan (singing of hymns) and visit the local Gurudwara. All are welcome to join!

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.