Schmitt Interfaith Center, First Floor
A place where you belong!
Spirituality and Religious Life at RIT cultivates engaged and vibrant religious, secular, and spiritual communities that explore deep questions of purpose, meaning, and value.
We work directly with faith-based organizations and collaborate with student-led clubs that support the spiritual and religious community at RIT. No matter what your spiritual, religious, or secular identity may be, all of our chaplains and program staff can provide you with support and guidance.
Our vision is for every member of our campus to experience the welcoming, caring, and fun atmosphere of a supportive community that enables them to grow into their best selves and put their values to work in the world.
Idunno Zen Buddhist Community
The Idunno Zen Buddhist Community focuses on meditative practice and offers weekly instruction and lively discussion about the various Buddhist, Taoist, and Zen traditions. The purpose of Zen is to develop a clear, centered, and ultimately enlightened mind, which leads to the cultivation of wisdom and compassion toward all living beings. One does not have to identify as a Buddhist to practice Zen meditation, and everyone is welcome regardless of their individual beliefs. Learn more about the Idunno Zen Buddhist Community
Catholic Newman Community at RIT
Newman is a growing, vibrant, Christ-centered community rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition where all are welcome and invited to know God’s love and mercy. With Sunday, Wednesday, and Holy Day Masses, retreats, community service and social justice projects, small groups, social events, and more, Newman provides opportunities for RIT students to grow in faith, develop leadership and discipleship skills, and be part of a Catholic community that will support them in faith and in life. Learn more about the Catholic Newman Community at RIT
Cru is a caring community, passionate about helping you build, communicate, and multiply your faith on campus. Cru is a Christian-based ministry, reaching out to all members of the RIT community and beyond. Cru holds weekly gatherings, which foster a sense of community and support, rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Learn more about Cru
Glory House International THE PLUG College Ministry
Glory House International (GHI) THE PLUG is a powerful and contemporary church, located in downtown Rochester. GHI's THE PLUG cultivates faith, freedom, and love through Christ to college communities by disciplining people into worship, devotion, and service. THE PLUG is purposed to provide ministry to college campuses in the Rochester area and encourages the college community to become a part of our GHI family by worshiping with us on Sundays. We are a tribe of diverse people who are passionate about our faith and each other. We desire to be a home church to some and the home church away from the home church to others. Learn more about Glory House International THE PLUG College Ministry
Hands of Fire
Hands of Fire is the American Sign Language (ASL) sister ministry of Cru at RIT and NTID. Hands of Fire is a place where Deaf and Hard of Hearing students can grow in community as well as grow closer to God, in an inviting and inclusive atmosphere. Like its sponsoring ministry, Cru, Hands of Fire meets weekly. Learn more about Hands of Fire
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
InterVarsity is a community committed to fostering conversations about who we are, who God is, what God says about who we are, and why it matters. Come and join us as we grow in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and God’s purposes in the world. Learn more about InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
RIT Progressive Chapel Community
The RIT Progressive Chapel Community (RIT PCC) is a worshipping body of seekers and misfits geared towards the LGBTQ+ community. RIT PCC's chaplain has a weekly on-campus presence, focusing on drop-in spiritual counseling, and not limiting methods to throwing a frisbee and talking God or playing a cooperative game. A few Tuesday evenings a month, RIT PCC worships in the Taizé tradition or holds a Dinner Dialogue meal in which the group talks about theology and eats pizza. What else could queer church look like on campus? Come and join us, and let us find out together! Learn more about RIT Progressive Chapel Community
The TABLE Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry
The TABLE Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at RIT and NTID is a joint ministry of several area congregations with a variety of students from different church (and unchurched) backgrounds. Each Sunday, worship is followed by fellowship and a free dinner provided by a local congregation. In addition to our regular gatherings, we offer additional prayerful and service-related events. Learn more about The TABLE Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry
Hindu Student Life
Hindu Student Life at RIT is led through the guidance of a trained Hindu Chaplain. Students are guided in understanding their value as a person through led worship, listening in attentive silence, and support of their holistic health. The Chaplain assists with the use of music, visual art, meditation, and non-denominational prayer as a means of finding inner calm and peace. Hindu Student Life at RIT can offer spiritual and emotional support to people of all faiths and belief systems. Learn more about Hindu Student Life
The Interfaith Council consists of student representatives from the various religious, secular, and spiritual organizations on campus, including student clubs and organizations, that collaborate together on exciting, engaging, and dialogical experiences. Such events and activities explore the relationships between interfaith, non-religious, and secular worldviews in order to make connections, form communities, and explore deep questions of purpose, meaning, and value. Learn more about the Interfaith Council
Chabad at RIT
Chabad offers a strong Jewish community at RIT and aims to be a home away from home for every Jew on campus. It is a hip and exciting place to be, where fun things are always happening! Chabad offers homemade Shabbat dinners and lunches, lively prayer services, celebrations of all Jewish holidays, educational classes, vibrant social events, and more. Many events take place in the Chabad House, which is conveniently located adjacent to campus at 3018 East River Road). Learn more about Chabad at RIT
Jewish Student Life
With a rich history of creating community and programming events since 1954, Jewish Student Life is a pivotal part of the diverse and celebrated makeup of students, faculty, and staff at RIT. Jewish Student Life is supported by a full-time Jewish Student Life Engagement Coordinator and is home to many Jewish-affiliated organizations at RIT offering a variety of spiritual, religious, cultural, and social events for Jewish-identifying community members to connect with throughout the year. Learn more about Jewish Student Life
RIT Hillel knows that a dynamic, pluralistic, diverse, and vibrant Jewish student life is essential to ALL campus members, Jewish or otherwise. Hillel aims to support Jewish students while engaging them in their broader college context. All Hillel activities are open to the entire RIT community. RIT Hillel recognizes and celebrates the wide variety of Jewish identification, belief, and practice that presently exists on campus and will continue to enhance campus life going forward. Learn more about RIT Hillel
Muslim Student Life
Muslim Student Life assists Muslim students by offering a trained Muslim Chaplain to guide and serve students. Muslim Student Life gives students the chance to participate in regularly scheduled worship, service, and education. Learn more about Muslim Student Life
Pagan Student Life
Pagan Student Life invites RIT community members and guests for educational offerings, celebrations of Pagan holidays, and full moon rituals. Ritual services are led by a trained Pagan Chaplain (High Priestess) who is active in the greater Rochester Pagan community. The Chaplain is available for spiritual guidance and life passage rituals. All are welcome at any rituals and/or events. Learn more about Pagan Student Life
Spirituality and Religious Life is committed to providing diverse communities for students to explore deep questions of purpose, meaning, and value by offering a wide variety of spiritual, religious, and secular partner organizations and student-sponsored clubs.
Spiritual holidays and observances are important events for valuable members of the RIT community. Students may request accommodations to observe these holidays. RIT policy D04.0 Attendance states: "Absences, for whatever reason, do not relieve students of their responsibility for fulfilling normal requirements in any course. In particular, it is the student's responsibility to make individual arrangements in advance of missing class due to personal obligations such as religious holidays...in order that he or she may meet his or her obligations without penalty for missing class."
*Please note that some of the holidays below dictate that no work be completed on a particular date or set of dates. Regarding assignments, papers, quizzes, and exams, please make every effort to work with students to accommodate these observant requests within reason.
Chaplains are trained to listen, care, and have deep conversations about difficult topics in places where people are often stressed or distressed. Some of these may include the meaning of life, our purpose in the world, personal values and relationships, ethical dilemmas, and many other common human problems, regardless of whether you think of these things spiritually, religiously, or secularly.
Imam Abdur Rauf Bawany, MD
Muslim Student Life Chaplain email@example.com
Catholic Newman Community at RIT Campus Minister firstname.lastname@example.org
Program staff have experience working with young adults, particularly in relation to programming, mentoring, and leadership in spiritual and religious community. They support programs and student leaders within their own religious communities, but do not provide inter-religious spiritual counseling.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Campus Minister email@example.com
Catholic Newman Community at RIT Campus Minister firstname.lastname@example.org
Cru/Hands of Fire Team Member email@example.com
Spirituality and Religious Life’s pastoral care, events, and offerings are critical for student success—academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
85% of our staff and programs are supported by donors, foundations, and religious organizations outside RIT. We rely heavily on the generosity of alumni, parents, the local community, and volunteers to provide over 1,000 events and activities for over 16,000 students in ~20 different religious communities on campus every year.