The University Chaplaincy works with a variety of community partners to try and provide support and advocacy for students from a wide range of religious and spiritual backgrounds. We’re also here to brainstorm campus and local connections, especially in support of students looking for particular connections, those wanting to find LGBTQ+-inclusive faith communities, and anyone trying to build community in our midst.
In addition to organized groups and clubs, Puget Sound works to maintain a network of relationships with a wide variety of local and regional religious and spiritual communities. If students, faculty, or staff are looking for ways to connect with external faith communities, please contact University Chaplain Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org, or set up a time to meet with them by emailing email@example.com.
Jewish Life at Puget Sound
Puget Sound's Jewish student body is one of our largest cultural or spiritual communities on campus, and is supported both through the college (through the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement, the CICE) and through independent student clubs. In addition, many Jewish students connect most deeply within Greek Life, Athletics, or other student leadership positions. CICE provides support through University Chaplain Dave Wright, as well as by convening a Jewish Life Advisory Council of Jewish students, faculty, and staff. At present, our Jewish Student Union is the primary Jewish-focused student group, which aims to better connect the range of expressions of Judaism present on campus, as well as other clubs that are not specifically Jewish but engage matters important to many Jewish students (for example, J Street U).
Support for Religious & Spiritual Diversity
Not every student wants to have a club related to their own identity or faith background, but many still want to find ways to celebrate, honor, or practice their spirituality on campus. When possible, the Chaplaincy works with students of different faiths to sponsor one-time, occasional, or regular events and resources that aren't organized into a "club" but rather are supported by the Chaplaincy and its student leaders. This can be everything from a Diwali banquet to an ecumenical Christmas service to spaces to practice non-religious mindfulness and contemplation - and lots more. If you have an idea, or if you want to create a new club, let us know and we will do our best to help make that happen!
ASUPS Religious and Spiritual Life Clubs
A hallmark of Puget Sound’s student community is that our clubs and organizations are driven by student interest and leadership. The list below reflects groups that are currently active or forming on campus – this is always evolving as students explore new ways of connecting in community. Our staff are always ready to help support new groups that students seek to develop on campus, so don’t worry if you don’t see it here – new beginnings are always possible! Many clubs have additional information available on their own websites through ASUPS (our student government).