Student Organizations

The staff of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life works to nurture and challenge the faiths of the Macalester community, working to assist student involvement in religious communities both on and off campus. Students lead a variety of religious and spiritual organizations. Contact these leaders for more information.

The symbols pictured below were chosen by members of the religious or spiritual organizations.

Mac CatholicsMac Catholics

Mac Catholics provides its members with support and opportunities to grow in their faith. It invites the campus community to a broader understanding of Catholicism through an annual dinner discussion. Fall and Spring retreats offer spiritual enrichment and reflection time. Mac Catholics also sponsors social activities and reaches out in service to the wider community.

Student Contacts: Kevin DowlingJudith Wodzak and Caroline Wright

Christian FellowshipMacalester Christian Fellowship

Mac Christian Fellowship is a community built on love, grace, and trust. We are a dynamic group of students who stand for Macalester's four pillars, with Jesus Christ as our foundation: we seek to transform our minds in truth, to humbly serve our campus and community, to embrace the diversity of God's people, and to join in God's purposes in the world. We are a multiethnic chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

JOIN US Tuesdays 8-9pm in the CRSL (basement of Weyerhaueser chapel) and in small groups throughout the week.

Student Contacts: Charmaine Runes, Alexandra Villalon, Emily Brinkman,  and Jane Hornsby

MJOMacalester Jewish Organization (MJO)

Through educational and social programming for the entire community, MJO encourages an understanding of and pride in the Jewish heritage and provides a forum of support for the religious and cultural needs of Jewish members.

Events: Weekly MJO meetings are held in the Hebrew House (Kirk 8) on Tuesday nights at 9 pm. Campus wide "Open Shabbat" services are held every other Friday night in the CRSL (specifics will be announced throughout the semester). Check the MJO website for more event info.

Student Contact: Heather Renetzky, Ronit Zemel

ProtestantsMac Protestants

This group is made up of multi-denominational Protestants who support liberal Protestant perspectives of the Christian faith. We use community service as a way of reaching out to other people.

Student Contact: Mary Warren Dickens

 

UniversalistMac Unitarian Universalists

Macalester Unitarian Universalists is a student-led organization that exists to encourage and promote students in the exploration of their spirituality through the free and responsible search for truth and meaning and the sharing of individual religious insights and personal faiths.

Mac Unitarian Universalists aims to provide a comfortable space in which students may explore their spirituality and engage in thoughtful dialogue concerning the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism and an understanding of ways in which to engage the principles in everyday life. All are welcome regardless of faith tradition or background.

Student Contacts:  Tyler O'Brien

MSAMuslim Student Association (MSA)

A meeting point for Muslims to discuss issues of theology, share concerns, and educate non-Muslims around misconceptions of Islam.

Events: Friday prayer meetings and Islamic holidays are celebrated in Macalester's Mosque.

Student Contact: Asra Nizami, and Leyla Suleiman

tamaniVoices of Tamani

Voices of Tamani is a student run African-American gospel singing group at Macalester. We perform regularly on campus and in the community.

Student Contact:

sitting at macSitting@Mac

At the heart of Buddhist practice is the commitment to awaken. Through weekly practice of zazen meditation, we take our seat at the still point of a turning universe, to discover a stillness and clarity of mind attentive to each moment of life's flow and the mystery of what we have always been. This group is open to anyone interested, no experience is necessary, and instructions will be provided.

Student Contact:  Henry Ngo and Sam Parker

baha'i faithBaha'i Faith

An investigation of the Baha'i faith through meetings, speakers and scripture studies. All are welcome.

Student Contact: Contact Center for Religious and Spiritual Life