Social Justice Student Organizations

Social Justice Action Group

Social Justice Action Group (SJAG)

The Social Justice Action Group is committed to working directly towards peace, justice, and positive social change; which includes fighting hunger, promoting volunteerism, and building understanding. We have a focus on making an impact on and strengthening relationships within our local community of Grinnell, while keeping in perspective the national and global issues of social justice in the world at large.

We meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at the CRSSJ.  ** Lunch is provided.   If you would like to join us for lunch, RSVP to  SJAG[at]grinnell[dot]edu by Sunday p.m.

Projects sponsored/coordinated by SJAG:

  • Coat Drive

  • Rake-a-Thon

  • Community Meal

Community Meal

September 3, 2013 - 5:45pm - 6:30pm
Off-Campus Location(s): Davis Elementary School, Hamilton & Main

Grinnell Community Meal is served every Tuesday (except during the month of August and the weeks of Christmas and New Year).  FREE and open to the public.

Social Justice Action Group (SJAG) sponsors the Grinnell Community Meal which began in the fall of 2000 and is coordinated by The Social Justice Action Group (SJAG) -- a group of Grinnell college students, along with Rev. Deanna Shorb, Dean of Religious Life and Chaplain of Grinnell College. The meal is served on Tuesdays from 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Davis Elementary School Cafeteria and is free of charge. It is open to anyone who wishes to come. The purpose of the meal is to build community and provide a hot meal to those who may need it as well as to the community at large.

To get involved, join Community Meal through OrgSync.

Grinnell Advocates

Grinnell Advocates [advocates] is a staff supervised, student organization that aims to create greater awareness about issues surrounding sexual assault and dating violence on campus. This group provides sensitive, educational programming about issues related to dating violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. The Advocates also act as an immediate resource for victims through the Domestic Violence Alternatives Student Assault Center (DVA/SAC) hotline.

Peer Advocates are individuals trained to provide supportive services for students who have found themselves in the midst of incidents of dating or sexual violence. Peer Advocates do not provide counseling services, rather they offer a non-judgmental listening ear and information for relevant resources. They will maintain confidentiality to the fullest extent possible and ensure that no survivor or student-at-risk has to navigate the medical, legal, mental health, or campus system alone.

On-call Peer Advocate: (641) 269-4600


Student Health and Counseling Services 

Please contact SHACS as a confidential and medical resource at (641) 269-3230. SHACS professional staff are not mandatory reporters of sexual assault  and have confidential counseling available.

Campus Security

Grinnell Campus Security acts as a resource for sexual assault response at (641) 269-3230.

Dean of Religious Life and Chaplain

The Chaplain and Associate Chaplain are confidential resources at (641) 269-4981 and are not mandatory reporters of sexual assault. They offer counseling services and are located in the Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice, open 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Student Affairs

Student Affairs can assist with academic difficulties as a result of sexual assault or violence, as well as contacting faculty on behalf of the student. The Office of Residence Life can also assist students who have concerns related to their living situations. Academic Advising Office may be contacted at (641) 269-3702, the Office of Residence Life at (641) 269-3700, and the RLC on call at (641) 269-4600 for urgent assistance.

Grinnell Police Department

Call 911 for immediate help, or call (641) 236-2350 for the Police Department.


Domestic Violence Alternatives/Sexual Assault Center opperates a 24 hour crisis line at 1-800-779-3512.

For Grinnell College policy, please see the Grinnell College Guide to Preventing, Reporting, and Responding to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.

Please contact Deanna Shorb [shorb], Rob Cabelli [cabellir], Susan Sanning [sannings], or [advocates] for more information.

Stamps for Food

We continue our program collecting used postage stamps and giving them to the Marion Mission Storehouse.  These are then sold and the money received is used to provide food, clothing, and medicine for the needy. 

If you are interested in participating, please place your cancelled stamps in the FOOD FOR STAMPS box in the mail room (south counter) or send them to the Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice, 1233 Park St, Grinnell, IA  50112.

We ask that you do not pull stamps off envelopes, but rather cut or tear around the stamps without damaging perforations. 

Thank you for your continued support.

OPEN and Voicebox

Voicebox is the campus activist and advocacy center on the third floor of the JRC. We provide students with information about activism on campus and beyond through weekly emails, funding for conferences and events, and various workshops. The Voicebox also encourages social justice and anti-oppression work by facilitating the social justice training in the spring and planning campus forums on social justice issues. Our library has practical and theoretical texts on social justice, radical thought, and chritical theory. We also have a megaphone available for checkout! Email [voicebox] to get involved or come to our meetings on Monday at 9pm.

Feel free to email with questions.

Getting Involved on Campus:

How do I find out about social justice or activist opportunities on campus and beyond?

Email [voicebox] for a Weekly Activist Email, or contact [service], [sjag], [src], or [mlc] to be on general email lists for activist opportunities. Be sure to read the Campus Memo for events on campus every week!

How do I write a letter to the editor of S&B?

Email [newspapr] with your article.

How can I get involved with the decision making process on campus?

Never hesitate to email an administrator or SGA cabinet members about a policy that they might have developed or with questions/concerns. If you are having a hard time with this, visit a Joint Board meeting or go to the SGA offices (second floor JRC) to speak directly to your student representatives.

How do I plan an event for NSO?

Email Andrea Conner at [conneran] to set up a meeting and pitch your programming.

Active Organizations:

Campus Advocates [advocates]

Real Men [realmen]

Feminist Action Coalition [fac]

STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition [stand]

Free the Slave [grinnellfts]

Conflict Resolution Advocates of Grinnell [crag]

Active Minds [gcminds]

Social Justice Action Group [SJAG]

Campus Democrats [democrat]

Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell [socentre]

Sexual Health Information Center [shic]

Amnesty International [amnesty]

Under Multicultural Affairs Office:

African and Caribbean Society [acsu]

Stonewall Resource Center [src]

Queer People of Color Caucus [qpoc]

Stonewall Coalition [stoneco]

Trans Action Group [tag]

Asia and Asian American Association [aaa]

Chalutzim [chalutz]

Concerned Black Students [cbs]

Student Organization of Latinos/Latinas [sol]

Starting a Group:

How do I start a group on campus?

Head to the SGA office on the 2nd floor of the JRC to fill out a group registration form. You will need two people to provide contact information and a mission for your group.

How do I recruit members for my group?

You could do anything from tabling outside the dining hall to postering around campus with a time/place for meeting(s). Ask the [ace] chair to send out an all caampus email advertising your event and don't forget to set up an email for your group. Holding events like Pub Nights or bringing speakers to campus is also an efffective way to recruit members.

Where can I get funding and how do I get reimbursed?

Get a Funding Request form from the SGA Offices. If your budget is less than $500, you will be required to attend one of the weekly SPC meetings to explain your budget. If the budget is greater than $500, you will need to attend a Joint Board meeting to defend your budget in front of the Student Senate.

REMINDER: Save your receipts. Always. Note that most reimbursements also have a deadline. 

Email and Plans:

How do I set up an email for my organization?

After you make your group by filling out the new group form in the SGA offices (2nd floor JRC), you will be contacted to set up an email for your group. You will need to go to the basement of the Forum to confirm with the IT Office to get an official email.

How do I set up a plan for my organization?

Email [plans] from your campus organization email and ask for an account.

Who do I contact for group email troubles?

Head to the basement of the Forum, where the IT Office will help you fix your email problems.

What is a listserv and how do I get that?

A listserv is an email list for your organization. The best way to build up your listserv is to build up support for your group. Contact Teri Wilson at (641)269-3322 for more information.

Group Events:

How do I plan for an event?

Conference Operations has put together a wonderful guide for event planning. You can always contact [voicebox] or Conference Operations at any time for assistance in planning your event or with any questions you might have.

How do I reserve a room for an event/meeting and put my event on the campus calendar?

Call Conference Operations at (641) 269-3178. If this is a room for a regular meeting, make sure to specify that you want the room weekly. You can get a calendar username and password account through Grinnell's calendar to schedule a room and date for your event online. The Campus Memo is also a great tool to schedule events. Reserve a space with Conference Operations and fill out this form.

REMINDER: You cannot have an all campus event that receives funding from SGA unless the venue is accessible.

Which venues are accessible on campus?

Conference Operations has a map that shows possible venues and a list of what to do to make an event/organization accesible for everyone.

How do I publicize my event?

Postering is always crucial and effective, as is emailing those on your listserv, adding it to the Cmapus Memo,  putting it on the All Campus Events plan by emailing [ace], asking major SEPCs to forward information, bringing up your group in a class, making a Facebook group, making a poster for the dining hall, or even making t-shirts for your event.

Ho do I reserve a van for transportation to an event?

Contact Security at (641) 269-4600.

Speakers on and off campus:

How do I get a great speaker on campus?

Be sure to speak with professors or the CDO about contacting alumni or people you want to see on campus. Make sure you are aware of timing during the semester.

How do I get funding for a speaker/event if I am not affiliated with any group?

You can go to SGA with your proposal, and the same rules apply: get a Funding Request form in the office on 2nd floor JRC. Alternatively, talk to Michael Sims, head of Student Affairs. He has a special fund just for students who aren't affiliated with a group or department but have big ideas they want to fund.

What do I do after the speaker has agreed to come to the college?

You need a contract with the speaker. Students should never sign a contract by themselves (you do not want to deal with a speaker taking legal action against you!). Work with Student Affairs to get a signature and a contract that does not rip anyone off. Contact Michael Sims at [sims] about your contract.

Where can my speaker stay and how much will that cost?

You can call Grinnell House and reserve a room at $50 a night. If Grinnell House is full, you need to start calling around to the hotels and Bed and Breakfasts in the area, but remember that you will need to account for your speaker getting to campus

How do I Skype a speaker in?

Skyping a speaker is a great way to hear a speaker without having to fundraise for their traveling expense, but keep in mind you will usually have to pay an honorarium. Talk to the AV Center for reserving a room accessible with Skype and adequate AV equipment. 

How can I secure transportation for my speaker?

You can arrange for a vehicle to pick up your speaker at the airport by calling Security at (641) 269-4600. The fee will be $50 one way. Make sure someone from your group can go in the van to pick your speaker up.

Poster Help:

How do I get my event into the bathroom readers?

Email the senators for each cluster or email someone in the SGA cabinet, usually [ace] and ask them to put your request in the Joint Board minutes so that senators will tell their constituents about it.

 How do I make some amazing posters?

Posters are one of the most effective ways to get people talking about your group or event. Luckily, they are easy to make with an eyecatching color/design and information for the time/place of your event. Make sure to read signs in the academic buildings as to which areas are appropriate for postering. Keep in mind that you can only poster on the bulletin boards in the East Loggia and NOT on the windows/poles/walls.

Where to I get supplies to put up posters?

Check out the Voicebox on the third floor of the JRC! It is stocked with markers, poster paper, a printer, a photocopier, and usually some nice colored paper as well. Alternatively, the Multicultural Affairs Suites on the second floor of the JRC has poster-making materials available for students planning events regarding multicultural affairs and social justice.

Faith, Spiritual, Religious, and Prayer Groups

Finding a Space

The Chaplain's Office offers assistance to anyone looking for places for worship, for involvement in religious student groups, and spiritual or renewal opportunities in and around Grinnell. 

Our goal is help students find resources for worship, prayer or renewal in whatever tradition they currently practice as well as assist them in exploring traditions and opportunities for beginning a faith or spiritual journey.

Let us know how we can help you get connected.

Black Church at Grinnell

A group of students interested in planning a monthly Spirit-filled Christian worship service in an African-American tradition. Guest preachers are invited from Baptist, Pentacostal, and other congregations recommended by the students.  The Young, Gifted, and Black Gospel Choir (YGB) will sing as well as the Praise Group. Everyone is invited to attend. Questions?  or to get involved contact x4981 or shorb[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

Catholic Students Association (CSA)​

A group of students interested in maintaining or rediscovering their Catholic faith through meeting other Catholic students, discussing important issues surrounding the church, and participating in volunteer activities. Students gather for bible study at the CRSSJ Sunday mornings prior to attending Mass. Or more information contact ext.4981 or e-mail [CATHOLIC].


Chalutzim (Hebrew for Pioneers), the Jewish student organization, is a diverse community in which students celebrate and learn about Judaism. We hold religious services on campus as well as educational, cultural and social programming. We also participate in interfaith dialogue, multicultural activities and promote diversity on campus. All of our activities are open to everyone.

Chalutzim is intended to be a place of safety and openness, and a vehicle for intercultural exchange and growth. Please continue to help us make it be that.

Weekly Chalutzim Activities

Chalutzim Cabinet Meeting


9:00 PM

JRC 209, Chalutzim Lounge

Kabbalat Shabbat Services

Shabbat Table (RSVP appreciated to [chalutz])



5:15 PM

6:15 PM

JRC 209 or Chalutzim Lounge

JRC 209

Monthly Chalutzim Activities

Lox & Bagel Brunch

1st Sunday

11:00 AM

JRC 209

Shabbat Morning Prayer Chant & Torah

Saturday, Feb 16, Mar 9, & Apr 13

10:00 AM

CRSSJ Prayer Garage (1233 Park St)

Upcoming Chalutzim Activities

Hamentaschen Baking
Sunday and Wednesday
Feb 17 and Feb 20
JRC Chalutzim Kosher Kitchen

Mishloach Manot Gift Bag Distribution
Feb 21

Erev Purim Pre-Party
Feb 23
9:00 PM

Daily Counting of the Omer (electronic)
Mar 26 - Apr 13

Post-Pesach Pizza Party Lounge Night
Apr 2
Chalutzim Lounge

Yom Ha'Atzma'ut /Israeli Food & Music Lounge Night
Apr 16
Chalutzim Lounge

Lag Ba'Omer Bonfire and Food
Apr 27/28

Erev Shavuot Study Break / Cheesecake & Blintzes
May 14


Festivals and other holidays are celebrated throughout the year.

  • Tues, May 7     Yom Yerushalayim: No Campus Events Planned
  • Wed, May 15     Shavuot: No Campus Events Planned

Contact Information:

[chalutz]  or  Rabbi Rob Cabelli, Associate Chaplain  [cabellir], x4981

Christian Science Organization (​CSO)

The Christian Science Organization is composed of students, faculty, and staff who are striving to perceive the spiritual sense of the Scriptures and to apply this understanding to their daily lives, demonstrating the science of Christianity. At the weekly meetings we explore issues together and share ideas and experiences relating to our individual spiritual progress. Anyone seeking a deeper awareness of the dominion of Spirit and its spiritual resources is welcome to attend. For information on meeting dates and locations, e-mail: [ROBERTDC]

Grinnell College Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Grinnell College Fellowship of Christian Athletes meet on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. in Room F205 of the Bear Athletic Center.  For information contact the Chaplain's Office at ext. 4981 or e-mail [HAMILTON] or [SMITHNAT].

Grinnell Meditation

Grinnell Meditation is a mindfulness practice group for anyone who wants to connect to the present moment and cultivate awareness.  These weekly meetings will be no shorter than 30 minutes, no longer than 1 hour, and will have the following format:  5-10 minutes of basic instruction and approximately 20 minutes of sitting meditation.  There will be an optional discussion group afterwards for those who wish to stay.  We will offer "alternative" meetings whenever we can, such as: walking meditation, guided meditation, visualization meditation, outside sitting meditation, dharma talks, metta meditation, and walking meditation labyrinth!  You can come to any meeting, any time - it doesn't matter if you've never attended before or have no idea how to meditate.  Email [meditation] if you have any questions.

Grinnellians Seeking Christ (GSC)

Grinnellians Seeking Christ is a student group oriented toward following Christ's teachings and creating community.  Students meet weekly to worship, study the Bible, and engage in discussion.  Additionally, GSC is actively involved in serving the larger college and town communities through various service projects.  We adhere to Christ's call for unconditional love, welcoming the participation of people from all creeds, races, ethnicities, genders, regions, and sexual orientations.  For more information contact [GSC].

Grinnell UCC Group

Grinnell UCC is a group of students who are dedicted to exploring the United Church of Christ (Congregationalist) tradition.  We work to find faith and grow together in a religion that supports an open and affirming mesage and acts through social justice.  We celebrate weekly and bi-monthly services in Grinnell and Des Moines in addition to holding casual meetings throughout the year.  For more information contact [craneade].

Hindu Festivals

For information regarding the celebration of holy days, please stop by the Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice or email [shorb].

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS)

For information on meeting and worship times and locations, please contact ext. 4981 or email [shorb].

Korean Christians at Grinnell

A group of students who travel weekly to Iowa City for worship.  For information, please contact ext 4981 or email [shorb]

Muslim Prayer Group (MPG) and Muslim Student Association (MSA)

The Muslim Prayer Group meets for weekly prayer on Friday afternoons. Adjunct religious leader, Kamal Hammouda, will lead prayer.  For specific prayer time or additional information contact the CRSSJ Office at ext. 4981 or [hammoudk].

The Muslim Student Association meets weekly for discussion, fellowship and to plan for special events.

Orthodox Christian

An opportunity for Christian Orthodox students gather with Father Basil Hickman, from the Greek Orthodox Church of Des Moines, Iowa. Father Basil Hickman is the adjunct religious leader in the Chaplain's Office, sponsored by the Lilly Endowment Grant. We also celebrate Pascha each spring and organize worship opportunities with Orthodox communities in Des Moines or Cedar Rapids. For more information contact the Chaplain's Office at ext. 4981.

Quaker Friends Silent Meeting

This group gathers every Sunday.  Everyone is welcome!  For more information please contact Nancy or Bob Cadmus at 236-8398 or [cadmusn].

Queer and Christian

Queer and Christian is a student lead group for LGBTQ students who also identify as Christian. This group creates a safe, welcoming space for students to discuss their identities and grow in community. Come to hear and share stories with fellow students about the joys, questions, and struggles we experience as queer Christians.  The group meets weekly and all correspondence will be kept confidential. For information, contact [GSC].

Council on Religious Life

The Council on Religious Life is a group that holds discussion on interreligious topics and current issues in our world. This group meets twice a month and holds campus wide events that include discussion panels and multi-tradition study breaks. Everyone is welcome from any background, tradition, or religion. For more information, please contact the CRSSJ at x4981 or email [laubej].

Pre-Seminary Group

The Pre-Seminary group meets monthly to discuss seminary and religious/spiritual vocation. If you have any questions or wish to come, please contact the CRSSJ at x4981 or email [laubej].

Seventh Day Adventist​

For information on meeting and worship times and locations, please contact ext. 4981 for more information.

Unitarian and Universalist (UU)

Unitarianism and Universalism date back to the fourth century, when they arose in response to the Christian doctrines of the Trinity and multiple afterlives, respectively. Unitarian Universalists believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every individual, and respect for the interdependent web of existence. Most UUs also believe that Jesus and other famous prophets were "ordinary" humans, that souls are not punished after death, and that religious insight can come from anyone or anything, not just certain books and certain places. UUs are not required to believe anything specific at all; there is no creed and no dogma. The Unitarian Universalists on campus meet weekly for discussion, worship, and fun and games, which are, according to our beliefs, largely interchangeable. For information on meeting dates and locations e-mail: [UU].

Grinnell Area Religious and Spiritual Communities

The town of Grinnell has a diverse religious and spiritual community. For a full list of organizations, see the town listings or go to the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce website. A variety of religious and spiritual organizations exist on campus and are run by students. If you wish to look beyond campus and the town of Grinnell, see regional listings, or contact the CRSSJ at x4981 and stop by 1233 Park Street . 

Calvary Baptist Church

1625 Penrose Street- Grinnell, IA 50112

Membership: GARBC

Telephone: (641)236-5525


Church of Nazarene

1233 Bliss Street- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 236-4136

Email: grinnaz[at]yahoo[dot]com

Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice

1233 Park Street- Grinnell, IA 50112

Grinnell College

Telephone: (641) 269-4981

First Assembly of God- Grinnell

619 Broad Street- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 236-6888


First Assembly of God-Newton

1029 E. 19th Street- Newton, IA 50208

Telephone: (641) 792-4365


First Baptist Church

925 East Street- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 236-4748

Worship: Sunday 10:30AM, KGRN broadcast

First Friends Church

1115 West Street- Grinnell, IA 50112


Programmed Quaker Church

First Presbyterian Church

1025 5th Avenue- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 236-6059


Friends Silent Meeting

1233 Park Street- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 269-8393

Grace Community Church

511 6th Avenue -Grinnell, IA 50112

Membership: Christian and Missionary Alliance

Telephone: (641) 236-6621


Grinnell Christian Science Society

611 6th Avenue- Grinnell, IA 50112

Worship: Sunday 10:30AM, Wednesday testimony meeting 7:30PM

Reading Room open 11:00AM-1:00PM, Wednesday

Grinnell Christian Church

1331 Hobart Street- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 236-5667


Grinnell Christian Fellowship

Membership: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Telephone: (575) 649-8166


Grinnell Church of Christ

1402 Third Avenue -Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 236-1955


Grinnell Jewish Community

1233 Park Street- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 269-4981

Email: Rabbi Rob Cabelli  [cabellir]

Grinnell Meditation Group

1233 Park Street- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 269-4981

Grinnell Regional Medical Center

210 Fourth Avenue- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 236-2598


Grinnell United Church of Christ- Congregational

902 Broad Street -Grinnell, IA 50112

Membership: United Church of Christ (UCC)

Telephone: (641) 236-3111


Grinnell United Methodist Church

916 5th Avenue- Grinnell, IA 50112

Memberships: United Methodist Church (UMC) and UMC Des Moines District

Telephone: (641)

Immanuel Lutheran Church

229 11th Avenue West-Grinnell, iA 50112

Membership: Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) and LCMS Iowa East District

Telephone: (641) 236- 6691


Malcom United Methodist

602 4th Street- Malcom, IA 50177

Telephone: (641) 528-4004

Email: malcomsheridan[at]iowatelecom[dot]net

Mayflower Community Chaplain

616 Broad Street- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 236-6151


Muslim Prayer Group

1233 Park Street- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 269-4981

Website: www.

Newburg-Chester Congregational Church

15212 Newcomer Avenue - Newburg, IA 50112

Membership: Conservative Congregational Christian Conference

Telephone: (641) 990-6586


Prairie Lakes Church

927 4th Ave- Grinnell, IA 50112

Worship: Sunday, 10a.m.

St. Epherm & Macrina Orthodox

1226 Broad Street- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 236-0936

St. John's Lutheran Church

1224 East Street -Grinnell, IA 50112

Memberships: Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and ELCA Western Iowa Synod

Telephone: (641) 236-4946


St. Mary's Catholic Church

1002 Broad Street, P.O. Box 623 - Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 236-7486


St. Paul's Episcopal Church

6h Avenue and State Street -Grinnell, IA 50112

Memberships: Episcopal Church of the USA and Episcopal Diocese of Iowa

Telephone: (641) 236-6254


Sheridan United Methodist

948 320th Avenue- Grinnell, IA 50112

Telephone: (641) 528-4004

Email: malcomsheridan[at]iowatelecom[dot]net

Trinity Lutheran Church

3628 Hwy 63- Malcom, IA 50157

Membership: ELCA

Telephone: (641) 528-4415


Regional Religious and Spiritual Groups

Iowa has a wide variety of spiritual and relgious communities. If you wish fore more information or want to add to this page, please contact ext.4981 or stop by the CRSSJ at 1233 Park Street.

Bahai Communities

Iowa Bahai Center


Black Church Communities

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church (Black Curch)


6621 C Ave NE

Cedar Rapids, IA

(319) 364-5460

Buddhist Communities

Iowa City Zen Center

1025 fairchild St

Iowa City, IA

(319) 354-1997

Iowa Buddhist Vihara

Iowa State University

Ames, IA


Cedar Rapids Zen Center (Zen Buddhism)

1618 Bever Ave SE

Cedar Rapids, IA

((319) 247-5986

Catholic Communities

Catholic Hispanic Ministries

601 Grand Ave. - Des Moines, IA 50309

Telephone: (515) 237-5051

Email: kcameron[at]dmdiocese[dot]org

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Communities

Newton Branch

1405 N 11th Ave E - Newton, IA 50208


Hindu Communities

Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa

3392 155th Lane - Madrid, IA 50156

709 White Post Drive - Webster City, IA 50595

Telephone (Madrid Branch): (515) 832-3355


Email: sahai[at]mchsi[dot]com  

Hindu Temple Association of Eastern Iowa

1700 Naoma Dr. SW

Cedar Rapids, IA

(319) 396-3196

Jewish Communities

Agudas achim congregation (reform and conservative)

2225 Mormon Trek

Iowa City, IA


Ames Jewish Congregation (Reform and Conservative)

3721 Calhoun Ave

Ames, IA

(515) 233-1347

Iowa City - University of Iowa Hillel


B'nai Jacob Synagogue (conservative and Orthodox)

529 East Main st

Ottumwa IA

(641) 684-7456

Temple B'nai Jeshrun

5101 Grand Avenue - Des Moines, IA 50312


Beyt Shalom

3012 S. 119th St - Omaha, NE

Tifereth Israel

924 Polk Boulevard - Des Moines, Iowa

Telephone: (515) 225-1137


Beth El Jacob

954 Cummins Parkway -Des Moines, Iowa 50312


Lubavitch of Iowa's Judaic Resource Center

943 Cummins Parkway - Des Moines, IA 50312

Telephone: (515) 277-1718


Email: jrcspark[at]aol[dot]com

Temple Judah (Reform Jewish)

3221 Lindsay Lane SE

Cedar Rapids, IA


Latter Day Saints - Mormon

LDS Meeting houses and locations

Muslim Communities

Cedar Rapids Mosque

2999 1st Ave S.W. - Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404


Iowa City Mosque: Al-Iman Center of Iowa

1812 West Benton Street - Iowa City, IA 52246


Muslim Community Organization

1087 25th Street - Des Moines, IA 50311

Telephone: (515) 266-7951


Email: mkhan[at]iastate[dot]edu

Orthodox Communities

Greek Orthodox Church of St. George

1110 35th Street - Des Moines, IA 50311-3797

Telephone: (515) 277-0780


Email: priest[at]dsmorthodox[dot]org, secretary[at]dsmorthodox[dot]org

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

621 Franklin Street- Pella, IA 50319

Telephone: (641) 780-6477


Email: PellaPriest[at]gmail[dot]com

St George Orthodox Church

3650 Cottage Grove Ave SE

Cedar Rapids, IA

(319) 363-1559

St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

501 A Ave NE

Dedar Rapids, IA

(319) 364-5460

St. Raphael of Brooklyn (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church)

722 E. College St

Iowa City, IA

(319) 337-3443

Seventh Day Adventist

Covenant Seventh-Day Adventist Church

601 Old Marion Rd NE

Cedar Rapids, Ia

(319) 294-1840

Newton Seventh Day Adventist Church

830 E 7th St N - Newton, IA 50208


Ames Seventh-Day Adventist Church

1303 Grand Ave

Ames, IA

(515) 232-1273

Iowa City Seventh-day Adventist Church

1007 Rider St

Iowa City, IA

(319) 388-2974

Cedar Rapids seventh Day Adventist Church

4401 42nd st NE

Cedar Rapids, IA

(319) 393-6127

Nevada Seveth Day Adventist Church

224 6th Street - Nevada, IA 50201

Sikh Communities

Sikh Temple of Iowa

1115 Walnut St

West Des Moines, IA

(515) 255-5755

Unitarian Universalist Communities

The First Unitarian Church of Des Moines

1800 Bell Ave. - Des Moines, IA 50315


Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist

4980 Gordon Ave NW

Cedar Rapids, IA

(319) 362-9827

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames

1015 N. Hyland Ave

Ames, IA

(515) 292-5960

Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City

10 S. Glibert St.

Iowa City, IA

(319) 377-3443 

Interested in something you don't see above?

Active groups on campus vary from year to year based on student interest and leadership. Anyone interested in starting a group should contact the Chaplain's office at ext. 4981 or stop by the CRSSJ. We are happy to advertise your meeting times and locations through multiple campus venues. 

The following groups have been active in the past but are currently not meeting.

Buddhist Discussion Group - (Inactive at this time)

Welcomes anyone who is interested to learn or share about Buddhism.  A weekly meeting seeks to prove a comprehensive tour about Buddhist traditions, meditation skills and scripts.

Pagan Discussion Circle (PDC) - (Inactive at this time)

Paganism is not a single religion, but a diverse collection of beliefs. Most pagans draw from a number of different traditions, including Celtic, Native American, Greek, Asian and African spiritualities. Most pagans are very earth-oriented. Some pagans worship a central deity called Goddess. Others worship a God and a Goddess, a single nongendered deity, or an entire pantheon. Many pagans believe that divinity is found within oneself. Nearly all pagans believe in the importance of finding your own path and creating an individual spirituality. For information on meeting dates and locations e-mail: [PDC].

Photos and Videos

Photo and Video Index

Please visit our historical site to see photos and videos of past events and groups at the CRSSJ.