Interfaith Programs

Whittier College believes that a student's spiritual and religious growth is an important dimension of their overall education. The Interfaith Programs department encourages you to explore questions about spirituality, values, and beliefs as part of your intellectual journey.

Under the umbrella of Whittier's Cultural Center, Interfaith Programs seeks to foster religious and spiritual diversity within the student body. To that end, its mission is two-fold. First, existing student religious/spiritual groups are given the support they need to pursue their respective goals. Second, interfaith programming is geared toward cultivating a campus-wide commitment to religious awareness, acceptance, and dialogue.

With its roots as a Quaker college, Whittier has a number of spiritually-minded clubs that offer students of all faiths the opportunity to bond with others who share their religious conviction. Students are also provided the chance to explore and debate the beliefs, history, the place of religion in modern society, in particular on a college campus and the often politicization of religious sects.

Annual Events

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) – An opportunity for students to spend spring break as part of a service-learning trip. This year, students will travel to San Diego and participate in a variety of short-term projects for community agencies and organizations. During ASB, students will also engage in dialogue regarding how faith traditions, spirituality, moral values, and non-religious identities influence commitment to service and volunteerism. All students are welcome to participate, regardless of affinity or no affinity with faith, spiritual, or moral traditions. Our goal is to promote an environment for discourse where students can work collaboratively, despite differences in beliefs and values.

Student Organizations

Fellowship of Christian Athletes - We, the members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, hereby associate ourselves to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches. Our mission is to present to athletes, coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We will focus on serving Him in our relationships and in fellowship of the church.

Jewish Student Union (JSU)  – The JSU wishes to preserve and promote Jewish culture, tradition, and observance as well as encourage interaction and discourse among the college's Jewish community as well as the student body as a whole. The group meets at Harris D every Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Newman Club – The Newman Club promotes and participates in Catholic gatherings, sharing its faith in a variety of ways. The group provides educational, religious, cultural, and social activities both on and off the campus with the purpose of sharing and growing in faith.

Christian Poets – Christian Poets seeks to communicate God’s love to the campus and to encourage the spiritual growth of its members through prayer, worship, fellowship and discipleship. The groups takes part in weekly worship services in Club 88 on Sundays at 7 p.m.

For a full list of student clubs and organizations, click here.