Religious & Spiritual Groups on Campus

There are nine student religious and spiritual groups on campus. Participation in each group is open to all students. Check out these groups and see how you can meet other students, and engage in spiritual practice and conversation.


Bahai Student Group

Not currently active.

Buddhist Meditation Group

The Buddhist Meditation Group of Occidental College is for students of both Buddhist and non-Buddhist backgrounds seeking to encounter the teachings of Gautama Buddha who lived in India over 2,500 years ago. The focus is on Buddhism as it is lived and practiced today, and is aimed to supplement the academic approach of courses offered at the college on the religion. Meditation is conducted in the Zen style. In addition to the group’s weekly meetings, there are scheduled visitations to several Buddhist centers and temples in the Los Angeles Area.
The group meets at the Herrick Interfaith Chapel and Center every Tuesday, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.,  and Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Religious Advisor: Rev. Nobuko Miyoshi
Student Leader: Ash Carpenter-Frank


Hillel is the center of Jewish life on Occidental’s campus. Hillel provides social, intellectual, and spiritual opportunities for students to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity.
Religious Advisor: Becker Grumet
Student Leader: Madeline Callis, Jaydon Levitt

Jewish Student Union

The Jewish Student Union is a space for self-identified progressive Jews at Oxy to productively discuss and act on issues surrounding Jewish identity, anti-Semitism, Israel-Palestine, and the Jewish role in social justice.  We aim to build a community separate from the institutional Jewish life that conflates Judaism with unchecked support for Israel.  Jewish Student Union is built on the foundation of Jewish values Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Tzedek (justice), and machiokes I'shem shamayim (productive dialogue).  It is with these values at the forefront that we seek to establish an engaged and meanful Jewish community.  The cornerstone of our group is the intersection of progressive political and cultural values and Judaism. 
Religious Advisor: Rabbi Robin Podolsky
Student Leader: Natalie El-Hai

Interfaith Council

The Interfaith Council is a student club created to promote a commitment to religious pluralism and interfaith cooperation. The Council provides a forum for interfaith discussion and community service. It is open to all Occidental students from all religious or spiritual traditions as well as students who do not identify as religious including Atheists, Agnostics and Humanists.
Religious Advisor: Rev. Dr. Susan Young
Club E-mail:

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

InterVaristy Christian Fellowship is a multi-ethnic community committed to following Jesus and growing in love for God together. We do this through weekly large group gatherings, small group Bible studies, social justice projects and more. Small groups meet throughout the week in various residence halls and locations. Large group meetings will be held on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in Lower Herrick.
Religious Advisors: Sam Chan, Weley Lai
Student Leaders: Hollie Adams, Alicia Jung

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Students Association

Contact Lincoln Hale if interested in any Latter-Day Saints programs and events.
Religious Advisor: Lincoln Hale,

Muslim Student Association

We are a diverse group of Muslims with roots from across the United States, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. We are a group of students dedicated to educating ourselves and others on Islam, and providing a liberating space for Muslim students to come together on a weekly basis. We work actively on taking action on issues of political, social, cultural, and religious importance. We promote an interfaith environment founded on the principles of justice and solidarity. All are welcome! MSA meets every Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Serenity Room in Lower Herrick.
Religious Advisor: Rev Dr. Susan Young
Student Leader: Shareff Khwajazada, Maryam Ali,

Newman Catholic Community

The Catholic Newman Community was established on Occidental College in 1921. Rooted in the spiritual tradition of the Roman Catholic faith and called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, we are here to proclaim the Good News of God’s love for all people. As a dynamic faith community for students and faculty alike, we encourage one another through prayer, worship, and living the reality of the Christian life in an environment where students can ask questions, seek truth and encounter Jesus Christ face-to-face. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we accept our mission to reach out to all God’s people, especially to those in need, so that the Kingdom of God may be realized in our campus, community, nation and world. Service is every Sunday at 7 p.m. in Herrick Chapel.
Priest: Fr. Roberto Corral, Fr. Francis Goode
Religious Advisor: Maggie Bolton,
Student Leader: 

Progressive Christians Uniting

Not currently active.
Progressive Christians Uniting meets for prayer, reflection and discussion about Christianity. In addition to our weekly meetings, we offer opportunities for students to be engaged in social issues. This may be helping immigrant workers on their organic farms or perhaps protesting unfair propositions. We are open to anyone who would like to use their faith traditions to bring healing to the world. We don’t have all the answers but we are group where together we can explore the questions.
Religious Advisor: Rev. Dr. Susan Young


Meets in Lower Herrick on Sundays and Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. We welcome people with all levels of experience in yoga.
Religious Advisor: Rev. Dr. Susan Young
Student Leader: Maddison TaggertAnna Nefedenkova