Interfaith Chaplaincy

Student Groups

Student-Run Religious and Spiritual Communities On Campus

Offering opportunities to gather around common religious or spiritual interests for support, personal growth, celebration, and belonging, these groups make important contributions to the quality of campus community life. Contact them directly to get involved.

 

Alpha Omega

Affiliated with Casco Bay International Church of Christ (ICOC), this Evangelical Christian student group meets for discussion Wednesdays, 1:15-2:00 PM in 206 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland; and for Devotional Meetings on Fridays, 7:30-8:45 PM in Lee Hall, Wishcamper Center, Portland.

Steve Lafrance, Advisor - stevelafrance@ymail.com

Cierra Pickens, Student Leader

 

Baha’i Campus Association 

The main purpose of the Baha'i Campus Association is to promote unity on the USM campus and in the surrounding community.

Roya Hezabian, Advisor

roya.hezabian@maine.edu or 780-5078

Ideh Rohani, Student Contact

irohani9@gmail.com


 

Catholic Newman Club

Meet onThursdays at 8pm at the Pastoral Center at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Congress Street. Rides are available and dnner is provided.  The program is the Catholicism Series by Fr. Robert Barron, an interactive study program for presenting, understanding and teaching the Catholic Faith. It explores over 50 locations throughout 15 countries including to the sacred lands of Israel, Uganda, Italy, France, Kolkata and NYC, with a goal of discovering the full meaning of the Faith.

Ali Stauble, Advisor - 207-318-5199  alexandra.stauble@portlanddiocese.org

Anna Tibbets, Student Contact -  207-239-2685

 
 

Hillel (Jewish Student Organization)

The Southern Maine Hillel serves the Greater Portland community including students, faculty and staff at the surrounding colleges including: The University of New England (UNE), Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), Maine College of Art (MECA) and the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies.

Rabbi Hillel Katzir, Chaplain

Rebecca Wohl-Pollack, Hillel Director

so.me.hillel@gmail.com

http://www.facebook.com/groups/10857946065/

 

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

InterVarsity is a Christian outreach to students seeking to pursue Jesus, be transformed, and impact the world.

John Haslam, Advisor and IVCF Christian Fellowship Chaplain

john.haslam@maine.edu or 838-6745

 

Muslim Students Association

The Muslim Student Association has its campus "home" in the Multicultural Center, Woodbury Campus Center.  Contact Reza Jalali, 780-5798 or reza@usm.maine.edu for  information.

 

The Navigators Christian Fellowship 

"The Navigators: Advancing the Good News of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.   This calling tells us that the Good News of Jesus and His Kingdom are just that - Good News - and it should feel like Good News to all with whom we connect."

  • We meet at the Willettes' (43 Clay Road in Gorham, just two miles from campus) on Tuesdays for Soup's On at 4:30 PM; then we head over to the Gorham campus to meet together and study the Word at 7:30 in the Hastings Formal Lounge. 
  • Friday Nite Lite is simply a time to enjoy each other as people and do something fun that allows students not into the club and pub scene to get out and do something.  This varies week to week.


If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me at rus.willette@maine.edu, or if you are looking for us on a given night and cannot find us, call me at 207-272-3799.

Rus Willette, The Navigators Advisor


Pagan Students Association

Meets weekly on Fridays, 11am-1:30pm in Woodbury Campus Center, Room 132 (conference Room).  All are welcome.

For up-to-date information, access usmpsa@yahoo.com

 

 USM Buddhist Association

Interested in sharing and discussion of all aspeacts and schools of Buddhist thought.

Student Contact:  Chris Massaro, christopher.massaro@maine.edu


 If no organization of your religious or spiritual tradition exists, you can gather a group and start one. Consult the Chaplains’ office at 228-8093 or the Center for Student Activities & Involvement at 780-4090.

Religious and Spiritual Life Updates - Fall 2013

Religious and Spiritual Life Updates - Fall 2013

  

With the recent retirement of Andrea Thompson McCall, there have been some changes with USM's Religious and Spiritual Life program (previously known as the Interfaith Chaplaincy).

Previously located in the historic Deering Farmhouse at 23 Brighton Ave, the program is now housed within Portland Student Life in the Woodbury Campus Center.  The chaplains and advisors have formed the Religious and Spiritual Life Council, chaired by Rabbi Hillel Katzir and Rev. Rus Willette.  Sarah Holmes, Assistant Director for Student Life and Diversity, will be serving as the administrative liaison for the Council.

Additionally, there is a new meditation and interfaith prayer room in Portland Student Life, that students, faculty, and staff may access during regular business hours.

Any help that you could provide in helping students connect with our programs in our new home, would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Sarah Holmes, Administrative Liasion

Rabbi Hillel Katzir and Rev. Rus Willette, Council Co-Chairs