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Religious organizations on campus

BY DI STAFF | 2015 EDITION

The UI accepts practice of all religions on campus. In fact, a variety of student-run religious organizations are available. Twenty-eight spiritual and religious organizations help students stay in tune with their faith similar to those practiced back at home.    The following are just three organizations students can get involved in right away.

Cru

Cru is one of the UI’s largest Christian organizations, having approximately 300 members. 

The group can be found at the IMU Second-Floor Ballroom every at 8 p.m. Thursdays for worship, which includes music and discussion. Small-group meetings are also held in every dorm on campus at various times of the week.

In addition to meeting times, Cru holds a number of social activities, including movie nights, masquerade balls, and illusionists. In the past, Cru members traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla., during spring break for a Christian conference.

Cru staff and members have also tried to develop a Christian community on other campuses, such as Cornell College in Mount Vernon.

24:7

The group is a Christian ministry for college students, based on Parkview Church, 15 Foster Road. 

The group focuses on spreading the gospel through the UI, the Iowa City area, and the world with love and mission work.

The group meets every week on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in the IMU Second-Floor Ballroom.

In addition, smaller groups are gathered weekly to enjoy time with one another, study the Bible, fight sin, and pray together.

Annual summer trips are planned to further connect students with God and each other, as well as year-round retreats for organization members.

Chabad Jewish Association

The association aims to provide Jewish educational, cultural, social and spiritual programs for UI students.

Its goal is to create awareness and appreciation of Jewish Heritage for all that are interested in Judaism. The group welcomes new members year-round, and doesn’t have a selective-membership process. It meets everyFriday at 7 p.m. at the Chabad House, 420 E. Jefferson St.

Chabad also has Shabbat dinners, group outings, and lectures.

Muslim Student Association

The association aims to create an environment on campus that fosters the development and growth of the Muslim community at the UI.

Student Muslims create unity with each other by serving and praising Allah. They create unity with non-Muslims by promoting friendly relations with everyone on campus with service,

The group is open to anyone who is Muslim or not and anyone interested in Islam. 

It promotes common issues such as human rights, peace, and cultural diversity.
Group members hold prayers on Fridays at the IMU.

It also hopes to create an environment on campus that fosters the development and growth of the diverse Muslim community at the UI.


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