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Opportunities & Programs

INTERFAITH WEEK

Fall Interfaith Week 2014

Interfaith week is November 16-22, 2014. It is a time to explore one's own spirituality within the diverse community of faith at USF. Read below to see events hosted this Interfaith week.

25th Anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs
Sunday, November 16 | 5:00pm | St. Ignatius Church
In the early hours of November 16, 1989, US-trained commandos of the Salvadoran armed forces entered the campus of the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) and brutally murdered six Jesuits, together with two women who were sleeping in a parlor attached to their residence. As a Jesuit Institution, we come together as a community every year on this anniversary in remembrance of the Jesuit Martyrs.

Interfaith Week Kick-off
Monday, November 17 | 11:00am | University Ministry Office
We will be offering introspection journals and candy. There will also be handouts describing the events for the rest of Interfaith Week. Come by to meet other students interested in interfaith dialogue, self-inquiry, and spirituality!

Film and Discussion
Tuesday, November 18 | 8:00pm | University Ministry Office
Question your assumptions. Broaden your horizon of concern. Within University Ministry's Romero Room we will eat snacks and watch the film "Examined Life." After the film, we will have the opportunity of share and learn from our peers about complex topics including spiritual practice, interpersonal conflict, and our relationship with the environment.

Inquiry Wristbands: What Question Grips You?
Tuesday, November 18 | 11:45am | Gleeson Plaza
Who am I? What is God? Why is there injustice? Life offers us big questions. Come to the Gleeson Plaza to make a wristband of a question that you are curious about, or a even a question that grips you!

Prayer Service
*Change of location due to weather conditions - Now in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room*

Wednesday, November 19 | 7:00pm | *Faculty/Staff Dining Room*
Join us in Privett Plaza to come in community and surrender to the deepest questions in our lives. As individuals coming from various faiths, and no faith, may we explore our desire for "the more" in life. Listen to fellow students share prayers from their various traditions, and how they explore the most basic questions in this life.

Dinner and Panel Discussion
Thursday, November 20 | 7:00pm | Handlery Room, LM 100
Join us as we explore the place of inquiry and investigation in the major religions of our world. How does inquiry affect us in our daily lives, and our life-long spiritual practice? Dinner will be provided as we listen to experts speak. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. To RSVP for this event, please click here ».

"I Wonder..." Photographs
Friday, November 21 | 12:00-2:00pm | Cafeteria
Have a cookie and get your picture taken! Where does your curiosity lead you? What question grips you? Come by the front of the cafeteria and get your picture taken holding up a guiding question in your life.

Interfaith Retreat
Saturday, November 22 | 9:30am-2:30pm | St. Agnes Spiritual Life Center
Slow down and spend a day off campus exploring our individual traditions, our community members' traditions, and the place of inquiry in our pursuits. Whether we identify as religious, spiritual, or seeking truth in the human condition, come and join us as we explore this adventure called life and the questions that arise as we experience it. 

Interfaith Programs

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at USF is a community of students and faculty following Jesus together for the campus. They come together from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, church experiences, and life situations to grow in love for God, people, and the world. They gather throughout the week for small group Bible studies, worship and teaching, leadership training, thoughtful discipleship, volunteer opportunities, and prayer.

You can connect with InterVarsity at one of their weekly student-led Community Groups and other regular gatherings on campus. Info about InterVarsity events can be found on their Facebook group or by contacting the InterVarsity staff member Sarah Lee, or faculty advisor Bruce Wydick.

InterVarsity at USF is part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, a campus ministry with chapters on nearly 600 campuses nationwide. They trace their roots to a movement of British university students in the 1870s. Since InterVarsity was incorporated in 1941, thousands of students have become thoughtful representatives of God’s kingdom and have moved into leadership roles in churches, organizations, corporations and agencies around the world. To learn more about the ministry of InterVarsity/USA, visit www.intervarsity.org.

Interfaith & Non Faith Dialogue Dinners

Interfaith Dialogue Dinners are a long-running series in University Ministry that bring together people from across the USF community and across faith traditions to discuss topics of spirituality over a meal. These dinners foster important dialogue and understanding and help build community.

USF students, staff and faculty of all faiths, as well as those with no religious traditions are welcome and encouraged to attend this inclusive community event. For questions or to RSVP, contact Resident Minister Jack O'Shaughnessy at jjoshaughnessy@usfca.edu.

Awareness of Assumptions Within Ourself

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

Inside and Out: Spirituality and Social Justice

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

To present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.

Tuesdays at 8 pm in the weightroom in Memorial Gym.

For more information, please contact Ron Shinault at rshinault@usfca.edu or Michael Bell at mjbell@usfca.edu.

Muslim Student Association (MSA)

The Muslim Student Association is meant to be a place to bring Muslims together to share, within a safe space, their experiences as a Muslim. This is also a space for non-Muslims to learn more about the faith and the experiences of Muslims both in the United States and around the world. If you would like more information, please contact Verdah Kai at vpkazi@dons.usfca.edu.

Weekly Meditation Group

Weekly Meditation Flyer 2014

The meditation groups will be held in either the Interfaith Meditation Room or the University Ministry office depending on attendance.


Other Worship Opportunities

USF is a Catholic university and embraces people of all faiths. University Ministry offers opportunities and information about worship in other faith traditions in this community and in the local area.

African Methodist Episcopal

Bethel AME Church 415-921-4935 www.bethelamesf.com/
Wright Chapel AME 415-239-8440 www.wrightchapel.com/
First AME Zion Church 415-931-7479  www.firstamezionchurch.com/

Baptist

Temple Baptist Church 415-566-4080 www.tbcsf.org/
Third Baptist Church of SF 415-346-4426 www.thirdbaptist.org
Calvary Baptist Church SF 415-585-9190 www.calvarybaptistsf.org
Providence Baptist Church 415-641-8719 www.providencecares.org/

Buddhism

Buddhist Church of SF 415-776-3158 www.bcsfweb.org/
Hua Zang Si 415-920-9816 www.huazangsi.org/
Kagyu Droden Kunchab 415-752-5454 www.kdk.org//
SF Zen Center 415-863-3136 www.sfzc.org/
Shambhala Meditation Center of SF 415-796-2507 sf.shambhala.org/
SF Buddhist Center 415-282-2018 www.sfbuddhistcenter.org/

Church of Jesus Christ

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 415-664-0843                          www.lds.org/
Community of Christ 415-759-9488 sierrapacificmission.org/

Episcopal

Grace Cathedral 415-749-6300                          www.gracecathedral.org/
SF Trinity Episcopal Church 415-775-1117 sftrinityepiscopalchurch.wordpress.com/
The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin  415-921-3665 www.smvsf.org/
Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist 415-861-1436 www.saintjohnsf.org/

Hinduism

Vedanta Society of Northern California 415-922-2323 http://sfvedanta.org/
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir 415-469-9121 http://www.baps.org/Global-Network/North-America/SanFrancisco.aspx

Islam

SF Muslim Community Center 415-337-1019                sanfranciscomuslimcommunitycenter.org/
Alsabeel Masjid Noor Al-Islam 415-292-9709 www.alsabeel.org/
Masjid al-Tawheed    
Muhammad's Mosque    

Judaism

Congregation Sha'ar Zahav 415-861-6932 shaarzahav.org/
Congregation Beth Sholom 415-221-8736 www.bethsholomsf.org/
Congregation Magain David  415-752-9095  www.magaindavid.com
Congregation Beth Israel Judea 415-586-8833 www.bij.org/
Congregation Keneseth Israel 415-771-3420 kenesethisraelsf.org/

Lutheran

St. Marks Lutheran Church 415-928-7770 www.stmarks-sf.org/
First United Lutheran Church 415-359-1025 fulc.com/
St. Matthews Lutheran Church 415-863-6371 www.stmatthews-sf.org/
St. Paulus Lutheran Church 415-673-8088 www.saintpaulus.org/

Methodist

Temple United Methodist                 415-586-1444           www.templeunitedmethodist.org/
Bethany United Methodist  415-647-8393 www.bethanysf.org/
Pine United Methodist  415-387-1800 www.pineumc.org/
Jones Memorial United Methodist       415-921-7653 www.jonesumc.com/

Presbyterian

Old First Presbyterian Church 415-776-5552           www.oldfirst.org/
Presidio Chapel 415-561-3930 www.interfaith-presidio.org/
Calvary Presbyterian Church 415-346-3832 www.calvarypresbyterian.org/
Presbyterian Church in Chinatown 415-392-1500 www.pccsf.org/

*This is a very limited listing. Please contact University Ministry if you cannot find a service to accommodate your needs. (415)-422-4463.