Religious Diversity at Villanova

Interfaith symbols

Villanova’s Augustinian heritage embraces the search for meaning that is at the heart of the human journey. We in Campus Ministry believe that the identities & practices of people of all faith backgrounds, as well as those who do not identify religiously, will be deepened and become more authentically held through open & honest engagement with one another.

Campus Ministry sponsors campus-wide events for interreligious engagement, including Religious Diversity Day in September, and monthly Interfaith Voices and Views forums. We partner with the Interfaith Coalition, Muslim Student Association, and Hillel to offer interfaith learning and service opportunities. Students with shared backgrounds/interests may join organizations that sponsor prayer, study and social activities on campus. Those with particular interests may initiate the formation of other groups.

World Prayers, a multi-faith space for compassionate focus on situations of struggle and conflict around the globe, is held weekly in the Connelly Center. Exploration of one’s interior life through mindfulness meditation or spiritual direction is also available.  Those looking for a particular faith community may also participate in prayer or worship opportunities at nearby churches, synagogues, temples or mosques. Seekers outside the bounds of traditional religious belonging are invited to explore questions of truth and meaning through groups such as Seeking Space.

For more information, contact Rev. Julie Sheetz, Campus Minister for Ecumenical and Interfaith Outreach.

Worship

Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El  (Conservative)
1001 Remington Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096—[610] 649–5300
Fri 6PM, Sat 9:30AM

Temple Brith Achim 
(Reform)
481 South Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406—[610] 337–2222
Fri 7:30PM, Sat Torah Study 9AM, Sat Service: 10:30AM

Please visit the official website of Villanova Hillel for more information!

The Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship 
5820 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131—[215] 879–6307, [215] 879–8604
Sun 10AM

Please visit the Villanova's Muslim Student Association and The Foundation for Islamic Education for more information.

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha 
1561 Woodbourne Road, Levittown, PA—[215] 269–7680

Bharatiya Temple
1612 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA, 18914—[215] 997–1181

Soka Gakkai International
SGI—Philadelphia 

200 Hamilton Street at Rodin Place, Suite 210 Philadelphia, PA 19130—[215] 569–2144

Won Buddhist Temple of Philadelphia 
423 Abington Avenue, Glenside, PA 19038—[215] 884–8443
Sat Dharma 10:15AM

Additional Resources

Students from diverse religious traditions come together as Villanovans to educate and inform the University community about religious traditions present on campus and faith opportunities open to all our students. Students co-sponsor the September World Religions Day and the February Interfaith Retreat and are available for interfaith prayer services and information discussions.

Villanova Muslim Student Association

The Villanova Muslim Student Association aims to provide a sense of community for Muslims and non-Muslims alike at Villanova. While the group hopes to create a strong sense of community by reaching out to Muslims around campus who are eager to connect with others in hopes of strengthening their faiths, the MSA is also more than welcoming to those who may have questions, concerns, or thoughts regarding Islam. We aim to inspire academic dialogue to spread awareness about Islam and dismiss many of the misconceptions about Muslims and Islam that have plagued the media for over a decade. The MSA aims to educate the Villanova student body about different religions and cultures, thereby also advocating for a strong sense of religious tolerance and acceptance--all under the umbrella of a warm, judgement-free student-run organization!

Villanova Hillel

Please visit the Villanova Hillel website for more information about the association.

The community is invited to gather in solidarity with those in crisis around the world. We will lift up specific crises and situations of struggle, draw inspiration from the writings and prayers of diverse faith traditions, and together hold intentions for peace and justice during a time of silent, spoken and embodied reflection. All are welcome.

Wednesdays, 5:05–5:30,  Devon Room, Connelly Center

 

Celebrating the varied religious backgrounds of Villanova students, faculty, and staff, as well as creating opportunities for interfaith engagement.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Details forthcoming