Campus Ministry & Religious Organizations
Many students come to campus wishing to continue their affiliation with a particular faith community. UMass Lowell believes it is important to encourage a student's personal development through the exploration of many avenues, including spiritual and religious choices. To that end, the University recognizes a number of religious student organizations, some of which are also advised and mentored by recognized Campus Ministers. These ministers are supported by their own denominational or religious organizations.
Students are encouraged to contact any groups they are interested in. The following organizations are represented at UMass Lowell:
Catholic Campus Ministry/ Catholic Student Union
The Catholic Center community seeks to grow in greater love and knowledge of God, of self and others. In doing this, we build a personal relationship with God and come to life’s meaning and joy. The Catholic Center welcomes everyone to its activities and events.
Director of Catholic Campus Ministry: Bernadine Kensinger
Office: Alumni Hall 103
International Student Ministry
International Students Incorporated is a service to international students and their families related to UMass Lowell.
Minister: Margaret Leavister
Office: McGauvran 361
Protestant Campus Ministry
The Protestant Campus Ministry provides Christian witness to the University community, promotes spiritual welfare of university personnel, and builds community among students, faculty, administration, and staff by offering opportunities for worship, and spiritual and intellectual growth.
Pastor: Imogene Stulken
Office: Alumni Hall, room 103
Student Christian Fellowship
It is our desire to give students an opportunity to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ, while also giving them the opportunity to grow in relationship with friends here at UMass Lowell. This is accomplished through several weekly and semester endeavors. For more information regarding any of these events, please visit the CSF Website
Campus Ministers: Chris A. James and Patrick Schwartz
Office: Alumni Hall 103
Muslim Student Association
Jewish Student Union
Students wishing to form a new religious organization on campus should contact the Office of Student Activities and Leadership ( McGauvran Student Center, room 220) for assistance in understanding the process and completing the paperwork required by the Student Government Association (McGauvran Student Center, room 103).
About Destructive Religious Organizations
In the past, students have had bad experiences with destructive religious groups that aren't affiliated with UMass Lowell or the Campus Ministry Association, and not subject to the collaborative code of non-proselytization and mutual respect on which the Campus Ministry Association is founded.
These groups often distort who they are and what their agenda is, as they contact students, particularly newcomers, at the University.
They tend to be characterized by the following:
- a leader who claims divinity, or a special relationship to God
- a leader who is sole judge of a member's actions or faith
- aspirations to total control over a member's life
- development of unhealthy emotional dependence on the group or leader
- prohibition of critical analysis or independent thinking
- exploitation of a member's finances
- exclusivity and isolation
- ego destruction, mind control, manipulation of a member's relationships with family and friends
You're especially vulnerable to destructive religious groups if you're lonely, feel overwhelmed by decisions or responsibilities or find yourself wishing for someone else to organize your life or your priorities.
All the members of the Campus Ministry Association are committed to mutual respect and non-proselytization. We oppose religious harassment and manipulation, and we affirm the roles of personal freedom, doubt and open critical reflection in healthy spiritual growth.