Religious Life on Campus

Boston University’s many religious organizations offer you a place to worship, opportunities for friendship and personal development, and resources to learn more about your heritage. You may enjoy helping to organize programs as well as attending them. For a look at some of the religious groups on campus, check out our BU Today series, “How We Pray.”

The Office of the University Chaplain at Marsh Chapel is the center of religious life for students, faculty, staff and others at BU. It actively promotes interfaith dialogue among all faith groups. Chaplains and Chaplain Associates are available for pastoral counseling. The staff also includes students who can put you in touch with clergy and organizations in your own faith.

Below are some of the religious centers and groups on our campus. For more information, see Marsh Chapel Religious Life.

  • Marsh Chapel offers Christian worship, Bible study, counseling, fellowship and educational outreach programs. Each Sunday, a Protestant Interdenominational Service of Worship is held in the morning and Catholic Masses are celebrated throughout the day.
  • Newman House is our campus Catholic Center, housing the offices of the Catholic Chaplains, a daily chapel and spaces for studying and gathering. The Newman House sponsors worship services, retreats, Bible study, prayer groups, counseling, social events and more.
  • Hillel House is the hub of Jewish life at BU. Conservative, Reform and Orthodox services are held every Friday night and Saturday, and on all religious holidays. A student-governed organization, Hillel is a center for learning, socializing and cultural activities, as well as worship. Hillel House offers a kosher dining room, resource center, library and more.
  • The Hindu Student Council meets for weekly worship sessions and monthly puja. Though not affiliated with Boston University, Hindu Services are held on campus each Sunday. You can also attend lectures every Thursday evening at the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society Church.
  • The Islamic Society serves the Muslim community from its office at the George Sherman Union. It holds daily prayers four times a day and weekly Jom’eh prayers each Friday afternoon.
  • The Inner Strength Gospel Choir (ISGC) is an award-winning nondenominational student choir devoted to “glorifying God through song and praise.”
  • Mustard Seed is a Christian a cappella group that strives to encourage the BU community through music.
  • Kol Echad is a Jewish singing group, founded in 1995. They mix contemporary Israeli and Jewish tunes with an a cappella sound.