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Opportunities & Programs

Interfaith Week:

Interfaith week is April 6-12, 2015. It is a time to explore one's own spirituality within the diverse community of faith at USF. The week's theme is "Part of Something Beautiful".

Interfaith Week Spring 2015

"Thank You, Kindly" - Letters of Gratitude:
Monday, April 6
11:00am - 1:00pm
UC 1st Floor
Join us as we spend time showing our appreciation for those people who have brought beauty, healing and joy into our live.  No need to bring pen or paper!  Just bring yourself as you are!
 
"Beauty in the Roots" - A Matzah Tasting:
Tuesday, April 7
11:00am - 1:00pm
Privett Plaza
Ever had matzah bread dipped in chocolate?  Come by Privett Plaza and celebrate the creative ways we can experience Passover.  Celebrating community and tradition, as well as innovation, members of University Ministry and the Jewish Students Organization will be offering various tasty ways to enjoy matzah bread during Passover.
 
"Finding Beauty" - Prayer Service:
Wednesday, April 8
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Privett Plaza
Live music, prayer, reflection, discussion poetry.  All of this will be happening on Wednesday evening in the Privett Plaza.  Everyone, irrespective of identification within any particular faith tradition, is invited to explore the beauties in their lives, as well as the struggles that arise in this life.  Learn more about your fellow classmates in the safe space of music and spirituality.
 
"Answer When the World Calls" - Dinner and Panel Discussion:
Thursday, April 9
6:30pm - 8:00pm
McLaren 250
Panelists across multiple traditions will share about specific groups that are working hard to confront the painful, not-so-beautiful, unjust areas of this life.  Follow this link to have a tasty meal and learn about brave, organized responses to some of the world's injustices.
 
"Citizen of the Earth" - Clothing Swap:
Friday, April 10
12:00pm - 2:00pm
UC 1st Floor
Leave a shirt, take a sweater.  Leave a sweatshirt, take a pair of pants.  Bring the clean clothes that you would like to offer, and pick up cool new clothes offered by your fellow USF classmates.  In the UC 1st floor we will be exploring gratitude for the generosity of our fellow community members here at USF, as well as offering our own generosity through leaving articles of clothing for others!
 
"Part of Something Beautiful" - Interfaith Retreat:
Sunday, April 12
10:00am - 3:00pm
Spiritual Life Center, San Francisco
As our semester begins to close, slow down for the afternoon.  In a homey environment, we will spend time exploring the beauties in our lives, as well as where the beauty is a bit harder to see.  In community, we .  There is NO CHARGE for this retreat.  Please e-mail Jack O'Shaughnessy, a Resident Minister in Gillson Hall, if you would like to go on the retreat.  His e-mail address is jjoshaughnessy@usfca.edu.

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.

Jewish Student Organization

Our mission is to engage our members in an enriched social and cultural life based on discovering Jewish values, cultures and identities. For more information, please contact Johanna Dohan at jedahan@dons.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 Kazi at vpkazi@dons.usfca.edu.

Weekly Meditation Group

The Faculty Staff Meditation Group takes place Monday through Friday in the University Ministry Romero Room from 12:00pm - 12:30pm.

The Student Meditation Group takes place every Thursday in the Interfaith Meditation Room from 8:00pm - 9:00pm.


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.