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Do You Know These “Faith Spaces” on Campus?

"Faith Spaces" on Drexel University's campus.

This coming weekend brings times of gathering and worship for several major religions represented on Drexel University’s campus.

Christian students may want to observe Easter with services on April 21. Those of Jewish faith may gather for Passover seders on the evenings of April 19 and 20. Students of Muslim faith may seek time for reflection and prayer on Lailat ul Bara’h, or the “Night of Forgiveness,” on April 19 and 20, as well.

But for Drexel students of these faiths, there is no University-wide time away from classes that would make travel to see family and celebrate these religious holidays an easy feat (you can view the University’s observance policer here). In order to provide a place for Dragons to celebrate instead with their Drexel family on campus, there are several “faith spaces” and other resources that make these types of gatherings possible.

Here’s more information about these spaces and their associated ministries for Dragons to be aware of for gatherings this weekend, and also as all-year-‘round resources for students to take advantage of.

Meeting spaces

The faith-focused meeting spaces on campus are focused in three locations: The James E Marks Intercultural Center, the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life, and the Drexel Newman Catholic Ministry and their associated spaces located in the Academic Building.

The Intercultural Center boasts an interfaith chapel, meeting space, multipurpose space and the University’s Muslim Prayer Spaces. Students are welcome to utilize these spaces for faith-based gatherings on an at-will basis. Any questions or inquiries about after-hours building access can be directed toward Student Life. 

The Newman Center on the second floor of the Academic Building includes Newman Catholic Ministry Offices as well as the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel, where mass and “Newman Night” is held every Tuesday at 8 p.m.

The Perelman Center offers large gathering spaces in the first-floor Ross Amphitheater and the Green and Foshman Families Dining Room, as well as several meeting rooms on the second floor, and three chapels on the third floor. Additionally, Drexel Chabad also now offers a faith space for students at Rohr Jewish Student Center at 3507 Baring St. Find out more information here.

Faith spaces are outfitted with several amenities such as sacred texts and other necessities for various religious rituals, but students can discuss additional needs with on-campus chaplain contacts or Student Life.

Ministry

Chaplains associated with Baptist Campus Ministries, Open Door Christian Community, Hillel at Drexel and Newman Catholic Campus Ministries all have offices in the Intercultural Center, and are available to meet with students on an as-requested basis.

Students interested in meeting with a rabbi through Drexel Chabad can set up a time to visit the Rohr Jewish Student Center or just stop by.

Students interested in exploring additional religious representation on campus may inquire and provide contacts to Student Life for consideration.

This Weekend

Dragons looking to celebrate Easter mass can join Drexel Newman Catholic Ministry at St. Agatha St. James parish on Sunday, located at 3720 Chestnut St.

Students celebrating Passover may join seders hosted by the Chabad Student Group at the Rohr Jewish Student Center on both April 19 at 8 p.m. and April 20 at 8:30 p.m.  Drexel Hillel will also host free Passover seders both evenings at 7 p.m.. Find more information on Facebook or the Drexel Hillel website.

The Drexel Muslim Students Association will also host Spring Friday Prayers on Friday at 1 p.m.

Students with questions about spiritual and religious life resources can contact inclusion@drexel.edu for more information.