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Directory of Recognized Religious Organizations at IUP Affiliated With the Interfaith Council

AMPLIFY
Catholic Student Association
Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO)
CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Friends of Himalayan Buddhism
GRIP
Jewish Student Union
Liberti
Lutheran Student Movement at IUP
Spirit of the Oak (Neo-Pagan student organization)
Unitarian Universalists at IUP

AmplifyAMPLIFY 

Ed Newell
Amplify Director
724-681-4544
ed.newell@pittsburgheast.com

Werner Lippert
Faculty Advisor
724-357-2285
lippert@iup.edu 

Ri Chichilla
Student President
m.t.chichilla@iup.edu

Amplify is an IUP student organization affiliated with Pittsburgh East Community Church. Our mission is to lead as many people as possible into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Amplify is a movement of people who are living for something greater than ourselves. Love has gotten inside of us and we can't be quiet about it. This love? It is love that would move the heart of the creator of the universe to send His Son in our place. This love? It is the solution, the answer, the remedy to everything inside of us and around us. Amplify wants to make this love loud to the campus of IUP.

Activities:

  • Large group worship experience
  • Weekly small group Bible studies
  • Service opportunities in local community
  • Monthly social events
  • Outreach activities
  • Spring Break trip

CSACatholic Student Association

St. Thomas More University Parish

Fr. Willie Lechnar
724-463-2277 Ext. 112
wlechnar@dioceseofgreensburg.org

Cindy Schillinger
724-463-2277 Ext. 113
cschillinger@dioceseofgreensburg.org

Bill Mrozowski
724-463-2277 Ext. 120
bmrozowski@dioceseofgreensburg.org

President:

Jackie Gostola
j.b.gostola@iup.edu

Meetings:

When: Thursdays, 8:15 p.m.
Where: HUB (Monogahela Room)

We gather as a diverse Catholic student community who are all focused on a common goal: being a witness to Christ’s Kingdom on earth by strengthening ourselves spiritually, enriching our lives through service to others, and making meaningful friendships through social activities.

Catholic Student AssociationActivities:

  • Bible studies
  • Mass on the Grass
  • Service opportunities
  • Festivals of Praise
  • Game nights
  • Retreats
  • Prayer groups
  • Alternative Spring Break mission trip
  • Vocations Discernment Group

Coalition for Christian OutreachCoalition for Christian Outreach (CCO)

CCO Campus Ministry
Location: 865 School Street, Indiana, PA 15701

Patrick Wallace
270-922-0555
wallaceinpa@gmail.com

The Commons:

When: Mondays at 8:00 p.m.
Where: 865 School Street, Indiana, PA 15701

The CCO is a campus ministry organization that partners with local colleges, churches, and organizations to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life. Join us for the Jubilee Conference in February, Spring Break trips, and ways to serve locally in the community. For more information, find us on Facebook: The Commons IUP.

Campus Crusade for ChristCampus Crusade for Christ (CRU)

IUP CRU — Campus Crusade for Christ

Phil Floyd
724-349-8646
phil.floyd@uscm.org

David Coffey
814-460-5470
david.coffey@uscm.org 

Meetings:

Large group meeting:
When: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.
Where: HUB (Delaware Room)

Campus Crusade for ChristWe are a group of students who love to have a good time and are convinced that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the most fulfilling thing in the world. Whether you are investigating God or looking to deepen that relationship with God, Cru is the place for you.

Activities:

  • Large group meetings
  • Small group Bible studies, discipleship, and parties
  • Retreats, conferences, spring break, mission trips

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Scott Weigner
724-599-4258
scottweigner@hotmail.com

Friends of Himalayan Buddhism

Leanna Pearce, President
724-463-0144
l.m.pearce@iup.edu

Carl Pearce, Advisor
Student Cooperative Association
116 Hadley Union Building
724-357-2705
cdpearce@iup.edu

Linda Jennings, Second Advisor
Music
213 Cogswell Hall
724-357-2649
ljenning@iup.edu

The mission of the Friends of Himalayan Buddhism is to promote knowledge and understanding of Buddhism and its cultures in the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and northern India. Membership in this organization is open to everyone in the IUP community. Fore more information on this organization, please contact the president and/or advisor listed below, and check us out on Facebook for meeting times and updates.

Activities:

  • Regular on-campus meetings
  • Meditation instruction and practice
  • Discussions on Buddhist philosophy
  • Movie discussions
  • Service opportunities
  • Visit meditation sessions at Karma Thegsum Choling (Tibetan Center in Indiana)
  • Host visits of Tibetan lamas (teachers)
  • Trips to Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Tibetan monastery in Woodstock, N.Y.

GRIPGRIP

Grace United Methodist Church

Karen Salser
724-463-8535 Ext 19
ksalser@indianagrace.org

Worship Service:

When: Sundays — 12:12 p.m.
Where: Delaware Room, HUB

GRIP (Hebrews 12:12) is a Christian ministry comprised of a group of imperfect people seeking to know more about Jesus. We strive to provide a welcoming environment to help encourage spiritual growth, cultivate personal relationships and offer hope. Opportunities are available for students to worship together at our on-campus service, 12:12 (or our sponsoring church, Grace United Methodist), to learn through Bible studies and small groups, to serve and share God's love through mission work and to build friendships through activities and events.

Activities:

  • On-campus worship service
  • Weekly Bible study
  • Core groups
  • Retreats
  • Road trips
  • Service projects, both on campus and within the community
  • Mission trips
  • Fun times!

Jewish Student Union

Dr. Tamar Reich
724-357-5619
Tamar.Reich@iup.edu

Liberti

Linda Ference
724-422-3153
lgference@gmail.com

Liberti invites students to connect with Christ and his people in life-giving ways—and to invite others to do the same.

Worship and Celebrate: Join us at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays at Graystone Church. Stay for a casual lunch at noon in the brick house behind the church.

Join a Liberti group to experience the Community of Christ

  • Liberti discipleships and leadership groups
  • Liberti Bible study/community groups
  • Liberti international groups
  • Liberti creation (arts experience) groups

Also: Shared meals, art experiences, road trips, service ops, mission trips

Lutheran Student Movement at IUP 

Rev. Joe Boomhower
724-349-8490
jboomhower@yourinter.net

Spirit of the Oak (Neo-Pagan student organization)

Find us on Facebook: Spirit of the Oak

When: Mondays at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Keith Hall

Spirit of the Oak is a support network for pagans in the IUP community. We welcome IUP students, employees, family members, and anyone else in the IUP community with an interest in paganism and earth-based spirituality. We work to improve the image of paganism in our community.

Every esbat and sabbat we try to have a ritual and celebration which may or may not be an official event, and there may be more than one group within the organization performing a ritual. We encourage all members to organize their own rituals and to attend as many as desired.

Activities:

  • Weekly meetings during which we discuss our faith and practices, work on crafts, plan group activities, and celebrate spirituality
  • Coffee hour after our formal meetings
  • Gatherings for the esbats and sabbats

UUUnitarian Universalists at IUP 

Rev. Joan Sabatino
724-464-5352
joansab@comcast.net

The mission of Unitarian Universalists at IUP is to provide a liberal religious presence on the IUP campus, and to provide a safe environment for all to explore the religious and spiritual questions of our lives.

We offer a brief worship service each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., HUB, Conemaugh Room.

After worship, we have far-ranging discussions on religious topics, such as:

  • How should one know what to believe?
  • What is the universe like?
  • What are people like?
  • What should society be like?
  • What is the purpose of a religious community?

Ours is a liberal religious tradition that seeks wisdom and inspiration from many sources, while affirming individual conscience and individual experience as the best authority for our beliefs.

UU at IUP also offers opportunities for building community with like-minded individuals and opportunities to work together on social justice and social outreach projects.

UU at IUP is affiliated with the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, Pa.

We offer rides to Sunday Services from the HUB Circle at 10:00 a.m. during the semester.

  • Center for Health and Well-Being
  • Suites on Maple-East G2
    901 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-9355
  • Fax: 724-357-3434
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.