Student-Run Religious and Spiritual Communities On Campus
Offering opportunities to gather around common religious or spiritual interests for support, personal growth, celebration, and belonging, these groups make important contributions to the quality of campus community life. Contact them directly to get involved.
Affiliated with Casco Bay International Church of Christ (ICOC), this Evangelical Christian student group meets for discussion Wednesdays, 1:15-2:00 PM in 206 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland; and for Devotional Meetings on Fridays, 7:30-8:45 PM in Lee Hall, Wishcamper Center, Portland.
Steve Lafrance, Advisor - email@example.com
Cierra Pickens, Student Leader
Baha’i Campus Association
The main purpose of the Baha'i Campus Association is to promote unity on the USM campus and in the surrounding community.
Roya Hezabian, Advisor
firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-5078
Ideh Rohani, Student Contact
Catholic Newman Club
Meet onThursdays at 8pm at the Pastoral Center at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Congress Street. Rides are available and dnner is provided. The program is the Catholicism Series by Fr. Robert Barron, an interactive study program for presenting, understanding and teaching the Catholic Faith. It explores over 50 locations throughout 15 countries including to the sacred lands of Israel, Uganda, Italy, France, Kolkata and NYC, with a goal of discovering the full meaning of the Faith.
Ali Stauble, Advisor - 207-318-5199 email@example.com
Anna Tibbets, Student Contact - 207-239-2685
Hillel (Jewish Student Organization)
The Southern Maine Hillel serves the Greater Portland community including students, faculty and staff at the surrounding colleges including: The University of New England (UNE), Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), Maine College of Art (MECA) and the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies.
Rabbi Hillel Katzir, Chaplain and Hillel Director
207-786-4201 - firstname.lastname@example.org
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
InterVarsity is a Christian outreach to students seeking to pursue Jesus, be transformed, and impact the world. We meet Wednesdays at 8:30 PM in Bailey 201 on the Gorham campus.
John Haslam, Advisor and IVCF Christian Fellowship Chaplain
email@example.com or 838-6745
Eric Rollins, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ruel Libby (email@example.com)
Muslim Students Association
The Muslim Student Association has its campus "home" in the Multicultural Center, Woodbury Campus Center. Contact Reza Jalali, 780-5798 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The Navigators Christian Fellowship
"The Navigators: Advancing the Good News of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost. This calling tells us that the Good News of Jesus and His Kingdom are just that - Good News - and it should feel like Good News to all with whom we connect."
- We meet at the Willettes' (43 Clay Road in Gorham, just two miles from campus) on Tuesdays for Soup's On at 4:30 PM; then we head over to the Gorham campus to meet together and study the Word at 7:30 in the Hastings Formal Lounge.
- Friday Nite Lite is simply a time to enjoy each other as people and do something fun that allows students not into the club and pub scene to get out and do something. This varies week to week.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me at email@example.com, or if you are looking for us on a given night and cannot find us, call me at 207-272-3799.
Rus Willette, The Navigators Advisor
Pagan Students Association
Meets weekly on Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:00 PM in Woodbury Campus Center, Room 132 (conference Room). All are welcome.
Cynthia Jane Collins, Pagan Chaplain
firstname.lastname@example.org or 282-1491
USM Buddhist Association
Interested in sharing and discussion of all aspeacts and schools of Buddhist thought.
Student Contact: Chris Massaro, email@example.com
If no organization of your religious or spiritual tradition exists, you can gather a group and start one. Consult the Chaplains’ office at 228-8093 or the Center for Student Activities & Involvement at 780-4090.
Solidarity, Sympathy, and Silence for Boston
The tree on the Portland campus dedicated on September 11, 2011 reminds us that when those attacks took place, we didn’t know how we’d go on, but we have. Another hateful act has rocked our world; more people have died and suffered grave injury. But the tree has continued to grow, to blossom and leaf, to rest in winter, and to begin again each spring. Life is resilient.
The explosions in Boston on Monday were powerful. The pain on the part of those whose loved ones were killed, and on the part of those injured is powerful. The hatred that motivated the act, and the fear and anger it provoked are powerful.
But our gathering in solidarity and sympathy is more powerful still. Solidarity, because it means we are one people, is more powerful. Sympathy, because it means we are being with, feeling with, those who grieve and ache and must heal, is more powerful. Solidarity and sympathy have more power to carry the day. They have the power to redeem this divided, killing, maiming, aching, and yet somehow resilient world.
In solidarity and in sympathy, we hold in our minds and hearts all those impacted by the horrible events of Monday in Boston.