Active Student Organizations

Student organizations are student run groups that focus on a topic of interest or community service project. The Chaplains and Religious Affiliates provide guidance to the religious/spiritual student organizations at The Claremont Colleges. These student groups provide additional meetings, events, and worship services.

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Claremont Colleges Buddhism

Claremont Colleges Buddhism is a non-sectarian student organization aiming to introduce students to a wide range of Buddhist teachers and schools. We hope to promote a better understanding of Buddhism across the Claremont Colleges through discussions, panels, field trips, guest speakers, and innovative media. You do not need to be Buddhist to join this organization. We welcome all!

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SGI Buddhists

We are members of the Claremont Graduate University (CGU) community, contributing to the creation of a culture of peace and nonviolence based on the teachings of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism as practiced in the Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA). We aim to cultivate a network of friendship to support and encourage our fellow students to enjoy fulfilling, happy lives that brim with hope for the future.
SGI is a Buddhist network that actively promotes peace, culture, and education through personal exchange and social contribution. SGI members embrace Nichiren Buddhism, a dynamic philosophy grounded in the realities of daily life. This Buddhist practice leads to empowerment and inner transformation or “human revolution” which enables individuals to take responsibility for their lives and contribute to building a world where people of diverse cultures and faiths can live in peace.

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5CIV Christian Fellowship

5CIV (InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at The Claremont Colleges). We are a community of students at Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Scripps, Pomona, and Pitzer Colleges seeking to follow Jesus together. We are Christians of various backgrounds (Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, non-denominational) and students of other/no religious background who are asking questions about Jesus. Everyone is welcome. Our vision is to: Love God. Love people. Do God’s work of love and justice on and off campus. Throughout the school year, we will be holding several Bible studies throughout the week as well as a large group fellowship every Friday night. We are here for you!

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Black Campus Ministries

BCM exists to provide students of African descent at the Claremont Colleges a community in which they can develop valuable, spiritual relationships with fellow Christ seekers, followers and inquirers through humble, open, and transparent discussion about the Bible, Christian principles (as taught in the bible) and individual journeys to and through faith.

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Claremont Christian Fellowship

Claremont Christian Fellowship is an inclusive and diverse group for students to explore and grow in the Christian faith. We aim to experience God’s love through community, where each person can be known, accepted, valued, and understood. We strive to create a space where students can struggle with questions about God and the Bible. We believe in supporting the whole person; not only do we care about students’ spiritual lives, we also support their mental and physical health. We pursue transformative and restorative justice within our group and in our greater community. We also have a lot of fun together, and we highly value rest as a spiritual practice. We offer weekly community groups at each of the 5Cs to study the Bible, a weekly fellowship meeting with worship and a talk, and prayer meetings, among many other activities and meetings throughout the year. We host groups to support queer students, students with anxiety, and students with eating disorders. We facilitate mentoring relationships: among students, with alumni, and with CCF staff. Everyone is welcome, regardless of how they identify religiously. We embrace students of all gender and sexual identities.

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First, Love

first, love seeks to grow a community of students at the Claremont Colleges that knows God’s love, loves Him and His Word, and shares that love with the campuses. We believe Jesus has called us to learn to live radically different lives that love God and our neighbors. We host weekly Bible Studies and Discipleship Training Groups for students to learn to follow Jesus by studying Scripture, pursuing God’s mission together, and growing in community. We also encourage students of all religions and backgrounds to join our Exploring Christianity Groups to explore and discuss the claims of Christianity and also to join us in our pursuit of justice in our world. Please consider joining us for our Fall 2020 Kick-off Webinar Event on September 10, 2020 5PM PST where we will be learning and discussing the topic of justice from a Christian perspective and welcoming everyone back to school. All are welcome to join! Please find out more about this event and our group on our website or Facebook page. We are looking forward to connecting with you and welcoming you to the start of the Fall 2020 semester!

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Global Medical Missions Alliance

The purpose of GMMA is to mobilize Christian students who are interested in medical medical missions and to connect these students with missional minded healthcare professionals to carry out the Great Commission.

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HearHere

hearhere is the Journal of Christian Thought at the Claremont Colleges seeking to create a space where students, faculty, and staff can engage in vibrant discussions on the deep questions of life. We do this through our printed journal, online content, campus engagement events, and more.

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Hindu Society

The Hindu Society is an organization that seeks to support students of the Hindu faith and create a forum in which to discuss the faith, celebrate its holidays and teachings, and provide service through various service days throughout the year.  As part of the McAlister Center for Religious Activities, Hindu Society stands in whole-hearted solidarity and support with all religious groups on campus and intends to support interfaith activities and cooperation.

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Muslim Student Association

The Claremont Colleges Muslim Students Association seeks to provide a support system and a sense of community for students of Muslim background and faith at the Claremont Colleges. Our events seek to highlight the rich cultural aspects of the various Islamic traditions from around the world, and to allow a safe space for Muslim students to express their faith, but also be themselves. We also aim to increase awareness about Islam and Muslims through interfaith activities. MSA organizes a variety of social, cultural, educational, religious and interfaith events. These include Iftars, Eid dinners, guest speakers, and field trips. Jumuah Prayer is held most Fridays.

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Claremont Hillel

Hillel at the Claremont Colleges is a vibrant 7-C Jewish community organization where students socialize over delicious kosher food, volunteer in meaningful community service projects, and celebrate Shabbat and holidays in a warm, and nurturing environment. Through such programs as Candy Apple Making for Rosh Hashanah, our tzedek speakers, and our festive weekly Shabbat services and home cooked dinners, Hillel aims to build and nurture a pluralistic Jewish community, to provide opportunities for Jews on campus to meet one another and to explore the various meanings of Jewish identity. We welcome all students and hope you will join us! Hillel hosts a weekly Shabbat service and dinner for all students at the Claremont Colleges. The services are usually led by students. Services are followed by blessings over the challah and wine, and a kosher meal. Meals are usually home cooked in our kosher kitchen.

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Chabad

At Chabad of the Claremont Colleges, students from all backgrounds and affiliations join to celebrate, ask questions and have fun together. Each student is valued wherever they are in their Jewish journey and is welcomed with the warmth of family.

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Scripps Kehillah

Scripps College Kehillah is the Scripps affinity group for Jewish students. Kehillah means community in Hebrew. We seek to create a strong and inclusive community for Jewish identifying students and students interested in learning more about Judaism.

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Latter-Day Saints Student Association

The LDSSA is apart of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We sponsors a weekly Institute of Religion class at which we study the scriptures and fellowship one another. We invite you to join us!

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Zen Meditation

In this group we practice basic mindfulness, learning to reside in the present moment and experience it fully.  An ancient practice that originated in Asia and is now being widely used in the West, mindfulness is not an effort to escape the place where we are, nor the pursuit of  special, exotic states of consciousness.  Instead, it is the cultivation of openness, acceptance and equanimity, enabling us to become more at peace with our lives. Parts of our experience that we have suppressed or pushed away are allowed back into our awareness.  This process of self-reconciliation enhances our capacity to handle stress and awakens renewed zest for life. Instead of divorcing the “spiritual” and “emotional” dimensions of our lives, we allow a time for personal sharing of our inner experiences, thus creating a small, supportive community. Zen Meditation meets weekly on Wednesday mornings for instruction and meditation.

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Sikh Student Association
Welcome to the Claremont Colleges SSA! We strive to help create a community for Sikh Students at the 5Cs and to participate in Seva, Simran, Sangat, and Academics together. Join our group to keep up with the work we are doing on our campus and beyond!

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