A diverse array of opportunities is available through the student organizations affiliated with The Open House - Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. These organizations make it possible for students to observe and celebrate their faith with others of the same tradition at Denison. Occasions for collaboration and partnering between the organizations in our community offer an additional, special, feature for participants.
Agape Christian Fellowship
Adjunct Chaplain and Program Advisor: Rev Timothy Carpenter, Denison Music Department
The purpose of this organization is to create an atmosphere for students to fellowship who desire to participate and preserve praise and worship after the African-American Christian tradition. Agape provides a place for all students to explore religious practices distinct from main-line churches.
Canterbury Club is a group of Episcopalian and other college students and members of St Luke’s Episcopal Church who gather weekly for lunch and conversation. Students typically bring a lunch and homemade chocolate chip cookies are enjoyed while the event of the week are discussed. The discussion is informal and the topics vary from week to week.
Hillel serves the Jewish community on campus. Every Friday night, Hillel hosts a home-cooked Shabbat dinner at The Open House, beginning with candle-lighting and Kiddush. Hillel also runs programming for a number of Jewish holidays throughout the year, including High Holy Day services, Latke Fest, a Purim celebration, and a Passover Seder. Denison Hillel strives to be a very warm and inclusive group; we welcome Jewish students from all religious backgrounds, as well as non-Jewish students who may simply be interested in learning about Jewish culture.
Denison Christian Community
Program Advisor: Matthew Neal
As a multi-denominational student organization, we work together to know - and grow in our faith and relationship with - Jesus Christ through Bible studies, small groups, and various events. We are also part of a larger community of believers, seeking to create a support network of intentionally-minded, Gospel-driven men and women who will be equipped to share God’s love with others.
Denison Interfaith Dialogue
The Open House - Center for Religious and Spiritual Life is the gathering place for Denison Religious Understanding each Monday night at 5pm. There, we meet and discuss a particular topic of interest over a shared meal. Our meals are always vegetarian in order to be as inclusive as possible. Discussion topics range from the everyday to the arcane, and we welcome all points of view, so long as they come to the table in an open and understanding manner.
Muslim Student Association
Program Advisor: University Chaplain
Primary Contact: Jenna Mayzouni ‘19
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) provides coordination and support for the Muslim community at Denison University. MSA invites members of the Denison Community to learn more about Islam from the perspective of Muslims themselves through its programs and celebrations throughout the year, including an annual Islam Awareness Week.
Program Advisor: Rev Timothy Carpenter, Denison, Music Department
Tehillah is a group of students whose goal is to foster the exposure of the Denison community to a positive and inspirational message through showcasing various arrangements of gospel music.
Program Advisor: Todd Boulware
Young Life College offers students a Christian, relationship-based community to be a part of where they can enjoy college and be loved for who they are. As caring adults venture with them, college students are nurtured, guided and encouraged to become young adults who are committed followers of Jesus Christ.
Newman Catholic Club
Program Advisor: Sarah Rundell
Saint Edwards Catholic Church and Newman Catholic Club ministers to the Catholic student population at Denison. Newman Catholic Club gathers weekly for a variety of university and parish or social events. Roman Catholic Mass is held in Swasey Chapel each Sunday at 4:30 p.m. while classes are in session, or unless otherwise noted on the University calendar.
The Chaplain, along with members of the Denison faculty and local clergy, serves in an advisory capacity for our student-led organizations. Leadership positions and other opportunities, such as establishment of new organizations, are available. Please contact us or complete our community survey if you do not see your area of interest listed.