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Religious & Spiritual Life

Campus Faith Communities

DiversityNumerous religious groups on campus represent the religious diversity of the student body. Members of the University of Denver Religious Council ("DURC") lead some of those groups, and aid the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life in realizing its vision and accomplishing its mission. The DURC is made up of official representatives of religious groups or traditions recognized by the University as serving an existing campus constituency. (Groups whose leaders are members of the DURC are indicated by an asterisk.)

Bridges International*
"Bridges International is a faith-based organization dedicated to serving the needs of international students living in the U.S.  Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to serving them in an unabridged, holistic way. We understand the joys and difficulties of cross-cultural living, as many of us have lived and studied abroad as well. We know these students arrive with their own unique culture and perspective.  We respect that individuality, and love learning more about them as we help them to live and understand life here in the U.S.  Our goal is to care for international students: mind, body, and spirit. We serve them through airport pick-ups, English language assistance, host families, travel, fun social activities, and as a friend to wrestle through life's deepest questions of meaning and faith.

If you are a student new to the U.S., welcome!  How can we help?   

Events and contact info at   www.bridgesdenver.orgnathan@bridgesdenver.org

Buddhist Chaplaincy*

The Ven. Claude d'Estrée offers one-on-one instruction on meditation and Buddhist philosophy as well as inter-faith exploration of contemplative and meditative traditions and spiritual direction. The Ven. d'Estrée is a lineage holder in both the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the Chogye-Son (Zen) tradition of Korean Buddhism. Raised in the Russian Orthodox Church, he is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School where he focused his work on comparative spiritual disciplines and liberation theology.  Currently he is a professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies as well a Director of both the Human Trafficking Center and the International Human Rights Degree Program.

Contact Ven. Claude d'Estree at 303-871-6286 or cdestree@du.edu.

Campus Ambassadors Christian Community*

Just like our name says, we are focused on Christ and community on campus! If you want to have fun, make friends, and discover how much God loves you, check us out. We're doing weekly bible studies, one-on-one discipleship, parties, service projects, retreats and more. No matter where you stand, we'd love to see you!

Contact Abby Baumbach at 720-530-8237 or by email at abbybaumbach@gmail.com, visit us online at www.denverCA.com or on Facebook.

Catholic Student Fellowship*

Father John Ignatius and student leaders provide Roman Catholic ministry at the University of Denver. Sunday Night Mass, Sunday Suppers, weekly Bible Studies, student retreats, intramural teams, and leadership conferences are all part of the University of Denver's Catholic Ministries. During the academic year, Sunday Mass is at 6pm in Evans Chapel, with an opportunity for confessions starting at 5pm.

Contact Br. John Ignatius at 720-690-9656 and frjohn@scjesus.org or Evan Manning at evan.manning1292@yahoo.com. Or visit them on Facebook.

Chabad*

We create a warm and non judgmental environment where you can become a part of our extended family. We welcome all Jews regardless of background, affiliation, knowledge, or practice. Our goal is to connect students to each other and to bring Judaism on campus to life. We are located at 2205 South High Street.

Contact Rabbi Yossi Serebryanski at 303-744-9699 or by email at rabbi@du.edu or visit their website.

Christian Challenge*

We are a community of Christians who are dedicated to building students up in their spiritual walk with Jesus Christ through weekly fellowship, Bible studies, retreats and outreach events.

Contact Ricky Ketchum at 918-346-7452 or by email at rketchum2@gmail.com.

Christian Science Organization*

The University of Denver CSO welcomes all who are interested in sharing spiritual ideas found in the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. We come together to witness how these ideas transform and heal us individually and collectively. All are welcome to our weekly meetings.

Contact Doug Thomas by email at univ.ofdenvercso@gmail.com or online at www.christianscience.com.

CounterCulture*

Counter Culture is a nondenominational Christian ministry that meets on Tuesday nights at 7:30 in Suite 1864 (behind Jazzman's Cafe). We also organize various social and service events throughout the quarter. Our desire is to connect with God, connect with each other, and to impact our community and the world through Him!

Contact Darian Venerable by email at darian@redemptioncitychurch.com or online at www.redemptioncitychurch.com or on Facebook.

Cru*

Cru is an interdenominational ministry that is seeking to authentically follow Jesus and love others well. We realize that we don't have all of our stuff together but as a community we seek to be a blessing to the campus, to the city of Denver, and to the world. We meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm in Evans Chapel.

Contact Shawn Cramer at shawn.cramer@du.edu or Katherine Taylor at katherine.taylor@cru.org or find them on Facebook at  Facebook .com/cruatdu.

The Foundation (Mainline Ecumenical)*

We are a progressive Christian campus ministry. We meet every Thursday evening @ 7:02pm in Nelson Private Dining Room to make PB&J sack lunches to serve to the hungry and homeless in downtown Denver.. We also host weekly "irreverent discussions", in which we engage the tough and controversial issues of our day—this is a place where we are willing to wrestle with God. Our regular social gatherings help us to deepen our sense of authentic community. The Foundation is LGBTQ affirming.

Contact Liza Stoltz Hanson at 612-799-3818 or by email at l.stoltzhanson@gmail.com or online at www.foundationDU.org.

Graduate Christian Fellowship at The University of Denver (DU-GCF)*

We invite you to join us for fun, teaching, and worship. We participate in activities that draw us together, such as social events, discussion groups, Bible studies and seasonal retreats. As a group we are exploring what is means to be a Christian in our field of study, the university, and in today's world. We meet weekly for Bible study and fellowship. For weekly times and dates please contact us or check our web site.

Contact Tom Balma at 720-988-3978 or by email at tombalma@usa.net or online at www.GCFMonline.org.

Hillel at the University of Denver*

Hillel of Colorado seeks to engage, empower and work with Jewish college students to create Jewish community at CSU, CU and the University of Denver and at other Colorado campuses. Hillel provides opportunities for Jewish students to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity. Hillel of Colorado is part of the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. We are located at 2390 S Race St on the corner of Race & Wesley..

Contact Jessica Slosberg at 303-777-2773 or by email at jessica@hillelcolorado.org or online at www.du.hillelcolorado.org.

International Students, Inc. (ISI)*

International Students, Inc. (ISI) is a Christian ministry that serves students and scholars on over 700 campuses around the U.S. We offer Bible studies, social events, trips and conferences. ISI also connects internationals with American friends from local Christian churches.

Contact Laura Compton at 303-744-7075 or by email at lauracom2@gmail.com or online at www.isidenver.org.

The "J" Project*

The "J" Project is the college ministry branch of the Potter's House Church of Denver, a multicultural and multigenerational non-denominational Christian church where people come from all ages, cultures, and classes to worship God and build the body of Christ. There will be weekly on-campus Bible studies, fun retreats, outings, dinners, and transportation to and from the Potter's House Church of Denver on Sundays and so much more!

Contact Nate or Brittany Ramirez by email at jproject@tphd.org.

Latter-Day Saint Student Association (LDSSA)*

The Latter-day Saint Student Association (LDSSA) is established by the Denver CO Metro Institute of Religion to help students attending a college or university have a balanced secular and spiritual educational experience during their years of formal education. Our purposes are to:

  • encourage and support members of LDSSA in achieving their academic goals and maintaining a balanced life while on campus,
  • encourage members of LDSSA to become an influence for good by participating in activities and service on campus and in the community,
  • provide students with meaningful service opportunities and social and religious activities that are consistent with LDSSA standards,
  • promote traditional moral values

We will hold weekly Institute classes. Look online for times and locations.

Contact Jared Searle at 303-730-9199 or by email at searlejs@ldschurch.org.

Mosaic Church*

An interdenominational Christian church for all ages meeting in Sturm Hall (Davis Auditorium) on Sunday Mornings (10:30am). Our main services include vibrant music, creative arts and inspiring teaching. College and graduate students will have opportunities to travel on missions, serve locally, and engage in bible studies and friendships right on campus.

Contact: Pastor Matt Morgan at matt@mosaicdenver.org or visit their website: www.mosaicdenver.org

Muslim Student Association

The Muslim Students Association (MSA) at the University of Denver is a non-exclusive student organization comprised of students at the University of Denver who are interested in building bridges between the Muslim minority on campus and the greater DU community. It is meant to create a support a support system for Muslims at DU and bring awareness to events happening in the Islamic world.

Email the Muslin Student Association at denvermsa@gmail.com or visit their website at www.du-msa.com or find them on Facebook.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

OCF is a student organization that promotes fellowship among Orthodox Christians on campus. As such, we are a Pan-Orthodox group. Non-Orthodox Christian students who have an interest in the Orthodox faith are always welcome to participate. Throughout the year, our meetings may include guest speakers, service projects, and prayer services, as well as recreational events and fun activities.

Contact Fr. James Foreso by email at frjimi@stcatherinechurch.org.

Young Life*

Young Life is a non-denominational Christian outreach ministry to Junior High, High School and College students in Denver. There are Young Life College meetings several nights during the school year. Join other University of Denver students for fellowship, discipleship and training with YL. There are weekly Bible studies, Fellowships as well as leadership training. Stop by the house at 1986 S. York Str.

Contact Alyssa Yasak by email at ayasak30@gmail.com.

Other Religious Student Groups

In addition to (and with some overlap of) the ministries listed here, there are several registered student groups on campus that also address students' spiritual needs. Some of these groups are found primarily within some graduate/professional schools. The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is happy to assist students in contacting those organizations not listed here. If you have questions, or would like assistance, please contact us at (303) 871-4488 or by e-mail at gary.brower@du.edu.