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Stanford Associated Religions

Stanford Associated Religions (SAR)

The Office for Religious Life oversees and provides support for Stanford Associated Religions (SAR), some 30 religious organizations invited to offer their spiritual services to the campus. All SAR organizations, individual members and advisors pledge:

  • (a) to promote the moral and spiritual growth of the Stanford University community;
  • (b) to support Stanford’s steady exercise of free inquiry and its pursuit of the highest standards of intellectual and moral excellence;
  • (c) to represent that group and its purposes forthrightly, while at the same time treating with respect the religious traditions and activities of others; and
  • (d) to safeguard the religious freedom, human dignity, conscience and personal spiritual welfare of all members of the university.

For more detailed information about ways to connect to these groups (including contact information for student leadership) Stanford students, faculty, and staff can log-in to CardinalSync.

SAR Directory



Baha’i Association at Stanford
The aim of the Baha’i Association at Stanford is to dialogue with individuals and groups who are interested in asking questions about the nature of the human being and society. Membership is open to all, irrespective of religious affiliation.



Stanford Zen Society (SZS)

The group provides a forum based on the teachings of Zen Buddhism for people of all backgrounds, regardless of their religious beliefs, from the Stanford community to gather, learn, and share the practice of Zen style meditation, and to spread awareness of this practice in the community.


World Peace Buddhists (WPB)

WPB is a group of Stanford students practicing Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. WPB members are interested in promoting peace, culture and education on campus and in the community based on Buddhist principles. Most members are a part of Soka Gakkai International.


Buddhist Community At Stanford (BCAS)

Welcome to BCAS. The Buddhist Community At Stanford was founded to support members of the Stanford community who are interested in learning about Buddhism and practising various forms of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. BCAS provides opportunities on campus for everyone, regardless of religious affiliation and prior experience or knowledge, to engage with and learn more about what the many ...



Acts 2 Christian Fellowship (A2CF)

A2 at Stanford is a Christian group that meets together to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ through Bible studies, prayer, and koinonia (fellowship). At our meetings you’ll find us singing, laughing, eating, and talking about issues relevant to Christians in college.


Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF)

Adventist Christian Fellowship is to be a Bible-based community of faith on the Stanford campus that is a witness to God's character of love as revealed most fully in Christ and in His Law. ACF encourages individuals to experience and share the Gospel's transformative power found in a daily walk with Jesus.


Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship (XA)

Chi Alpha (XA) is a community of students earnestly following Jesus. XA gatherings are informal, charged with music, given to humor and deal with everything from relationships to the nature of truth. XA is sponsored by the Assemblies of God, and welcomes all visitors!


Chinese Campus Evangelistic Fellowship (CCEF)

Chinese Campus Evangelistic Fellowship (CCEF) is a Christian student organization at Stanford. CCEF believes that Jesus Christ is not only our Savior but also the Lord of our lives.


Stanford Christian Students (SCS)

Stanford Christian Students holds the faith which is common to all believers (Titus 1:4, Jude 3). We love the Lord Jesus Christ, endeavor to give Him "the first place in all things" (Col. 1:18), and have the utmost respect for His Word. We meet simply as Christians without any denominational affiliation because we treasure the testimony of the oneness of the Body of Christ. Our desire is to cooperate with Him for the accomplishment of God's eternal purpose (Eph. 3:11) by ministering the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph. 3:18) for the building up of the Body of Christ (Eph. 4:12). We warmly receive all believers as our brothers and sisters in Christ and seek to maintain the oneness of the Spirit by keeping our focus on Christ. In addition to pursuing fellowship, we also desire to strengthen and spread the Lord's testimony on the Stanford campus. Please visit our website for more information about our club and our events.


Cornerstone (CSTONE)

Cornerstone is the college ministry of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Members are committed to becoming students of Jesus individually and within community. Core values involve the practice of spiritual disciplines and the pursuit of Biblical knowledge


Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry (ELCM)

ELCM is a Christian community of Episcopal, Lutheran, and other faith-seeking students. Members meet for worship, fellowship, topical discussions, and community service. Members are a progressive, LGBT-friendly community. This group is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church.


Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Action (FCAIA)

FCAIA is a group of Stanford students committed to encouraging, equipping and empowering student-athletes, coaches and all whom they influence to live out their faith freely within the athletic community and to grow and prosper in a relationship with Jesus Christ and then use this relationship to positively impact others throughout campus. We believe that being a Christian is about having a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and that true-life purpose and meaning can be found only in personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


Graduate Catholic Student Association (GCSA)

The Graduate Catholic Student Association is a group for graduate students at Stanford interested in joining a community, learning about the Catholic faith, and forming the Christian conscience. This group is affiliated with the Catholic Communithy at Stanford.


International Students Christian Outreach (ISCO)

ISCO is a ministry focused on helping international students and their families to thrive at Stanford by providing supportive relationships, activities, classes, cultural experiences, Bible studies, Christian mentoring, and the Good News of Jesus Christ.


InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Undergrad (IVCF)

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is an interdenominational, multi-ethnic evangelical Christian ministry to campuses in the U.S. and abroad. IVCF at Stanford members are committed to growing in their knowledge and understanding of Jesus and sharing that experience with those around them.


InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship (IVGRAD)

IVGRAD is the graduate chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Members seek to follow Christ by living out their vision of spiritual formation, building community, witness and service, and the integration of faith and learning.


Korean Bible Study and Koinonia (KBSK)

Korean Bible Study gathers weekly to study bible in Korean. KBSK shares food, then have praise time. We then have a discussion time on a specific topic or passages from the bible. This group is affiliated with Bridgeway Church of Silicon Valley.


Latter-Day Saint Student Association (LDSSA)

LDSSA is designed to promote faith in Christ, spirituality, growth, and friendship among Latter-day Saints and their friends on campus through classes, discussions, service, and social activities.


Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)

Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Stanford (OCF) is a pan-Orthodox organization dedicated to exploring the Orthodox Christian faith, fostering spiritual growth for Orthodox Christians, and exposing the campus to the faith, cultures, and customs that are uniquely Orthodox. OCF is a dynamic group of students from many different backgrounds who share a common desire to learn more about the 2000-year traditions of the Orthodox Church. All those interested in learning about Orthodoxy, including non-Orthodox, are welcome!

Services we provide:

  • (1.) On campus activities such as study groups, Christian service, and lectures by specialists on topics of interest to the group.
  • (2.) Organized carpools to at least one Orthodox Church on Sundays so that club members can celebrate Divine Liturgy
  • (3.) Opportunities to engage in charitable and social work


Oasis Campus Ministry (OCM)

Oasis is the on-campus college ministry that is connected with Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto. Oasis’ vision is to live life together as a community of brothers and sisters in Christ, loving God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and loving others as ourselves. Oasis seeks to connect deeply with one another, sharing our struggles and joys and experiencing transformation in God together; to encourage and challenge one another to grow in our relationship with Christ and to deepen our understanding of His Word, the Bible; to serve and learn from our broader multigenerational church family at Peninsula Bible Church (PBC); and to empower one another to contribute to our community, the campus, and the world with the unique gifts and passions God has given each person. Oasis believes that the Spirit of God is actively at work in and around us, and we rely on this Spirit daily for unity, depth, and growth. Oasis desires for our campus to experience the hope and new life available to everyone through the love of God as revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. This group is affiliated with Peninsula Bible Church.


Parakaleo Christian Ministries (PARAKALEO)

Parakaleo Christian Ministries is a student group focused on teaching the foundations of Biblical counseling. Parakaleo offers a three-quarter course on Biblical counseling with the goal of teaching students to apply God’s written word to their own daily life issues and relationships, and equipping them to counsel others from the Bible under the guidance and empowering of the Holy Spirit. This group is affiliated with Peninsula Bible Church.


Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)

RUF is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). RUF is a Christian fellowship on campus at Stanford University. Members seek to be a place for the convinced and the unconvinced to come and consider the teachings of Jesus and enjoy the community of Christ Followers.


Undergraduate Catholic Student Association (UCSA)

The UCSA is a group that hosts events to promote community, learning about the Catholic faith, forming the Christian conscience, educating for justice, facilitating personal development and developing leaders. This group is affiliated with the Catholic Community at Stanford.


Veritas at Stanford

Our Mission is to foster conversations about the biggest questions we as individuals and as a society can ask. We acheive this by hosting public events where the Christian worldview is put in dialogue with other perspectives in a context of mutual respect and shared pursuit of wisdom. This group is affiliated with the Veritas Forum.


Young Life Stanford

Young Life Stanford is an open, fun community created for students looking to explore the Chirstian perspective or for current Christians looking to connect and encourage one another in their faith. young Life takes an easy-going, community-based approach to religion to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and has a chance to participate. Religious or not, everyone will enjoy our weekly clubs, which include games, singing, a 10 minute talk, and lots of time for conversation.



Hindu Students Association (HSA)

Open to all members of the Stanford Community, HSA seeks to spread awareness of Hindu philosophy, culture, and values through invited speaker seminars, philosophy discussion groups, and celebrations during Diwali, Holi, etc.




Muslim Student Union at Stanford (MSU)
The Muslim Student Union at Stanford’s mission is to foster a spiritually nurturing, tolerant, and inclusive Muslim community at Stanford University which promotes the spiritual growth of all Muslim students, faculty, and staff at Stanford, to engage with the broader Stanford community and critically examine all issues pertaining to Muslim identity, culture, history, peoples, societies, politics, and the intersections therein, and to serve as a coherent and representative voice for Muslim students, faculty, and staff  at Stanford University.

Muslim Student Union: For information on Ramadan please visit For the most up to date information about virtual programing please visit MSU’s social media platforms (Facebook:  Insta: or join their mailing list:

Weekly Halaqa with Dr. Rania Awaad, Thursdays at 6:30 PM PST 
Zoom link:

MSU Fridays: 7:00 PM PST Zoom link:

Jumma: In this time when in person Jumaa Prayer is unable to meet, the Muslim Student Union is developing spiritual content to fill in for the weekly dose of spirituality each week. Please subscribe to the MSU YouTube Channel for the most up to date offerings as they emerge: Youtube:


L’Chayim Club: Chabad at Stanford (Chabad)

L’Chayim Club: Chabad at Stanford is a vibrant Jewish student organization that is dedicated to sharing the warmth, wisdom and depth of Judaism in an exciting, non-judgmental fashion.


Jewish Student Association (JSA)

The JSA strives to provide fun and inclusive social, cultural, and educational programming for the entire Jewish community on campus, as well as anyone else interested. Our main goals are to help people meet each other, identify with Jewish heritage, and engage Jewishly. This group is affiliated with Hillel at Stanford.




Sikh Students Association at Stanford (SSAS)

The purpose of this organization shall be to broaden the understanding and awareness of the Sikh religion and heritage in the Stanford community through cultural, cross-cultural, social, religious, and political activities.