Taking into consideration the needs of various student constituencies, the Office of the Chaplains accredits a number of externally supported and student-founded religious organizations, currently including the following groups.
These organizations welcome all Willamette students to their fellowships regardless of their religious background.
1. Campus Ambassadors
Student Contacts: Rebecca Ellecamp
Advisor: Sarah Kirk, Professor of Chemistry
Campus Ambassadors exists to build diverse communities through which students' lives are transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. We seek to accomplish this by meeting as a community for weekly Bible study, prayer, and encouragement. We also hold a weekly meeting for anyone interested in being trained to minister to their peers and have occasional social events, retreats, and special outreach events on campus and in the community.
2. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (WUIV)
Student Contact: Hyejin Jeong
Advisor: Jess Davison, Security Support Specialist
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a student-led organization that is working with Jesus to cause a revolution through which all students will experience the kingdom of God, be transformed by His love and be sent out to change the world. Students lead small group Bible studies and prayer meetings in order to know Jesus personally.
3. Jewish Student Union
Student Contacts: Tova Hershman
Advisors: Gary Ellison, Assistant Chaplain
The JSU provides a community through which Jewish students may come together to celebrate holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover and Yom HaSho'ah) and connect with other Jewish students. JSU members work together to provide transportation to the local temple for regular services and larger celebrations of all major holidays. We also provide non-Jewish students the opportunity to explore Judaism by welcoming them at all events including Holiday observances and occasional Shabbat get togethers.
4. Newman Club
Student Contacts: Claire Deangeli
Advisor: Juliet Valdez, Assistant Director of Recruitment, MBA for Professionals
The Newman Club exists to bring Catholic fellowship to all students, faculty, and staff on the Willamette University campus through service and faith formation. The group meets weekly, prays the Rosary, organizes service projects, and holds spiritual retreats throughout the year.