Student groups

All groups listed here have an affiliation with Multifaith Chaplains Services. There are other religious student groups on campus that are not listed here. 

Buddhist Student Collective (BSC)

UVSS Zen Buddhist Club

Are you interested in the teachings of Buddhism? Would you like to spend time with others who practice one of the many diverse traditions of this great teaching? Would you like to explore life, culture, nature, and relationship from a Buddhist perspective? This group is open to people of all backgrounds whether you are a practitioner of the way, or just curious. Through movies, hiking, study, and companionship we find true community-Sangha. For more information contact Soshin McMurchy at zen@uvic.ca.

UVic Association for Bahá’í Studies (ABS)

Association for Bahá'í Studies at UVic

ABS-UVic is a chapter of the Association for Bahá'í Studies, North America.
Its membership is open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni family and friends interested in the aims of the Association. 

Members of the association organize regular and diverse activities open to all. Its main purposes are to bring people together in a spirit of fellowship, to promote independent and unprejudiced thinking, to foster unity among different racial, ethnic and religious groups on campus, and to collaborate with other organizations having similar aims.

Catholic Students Association (CSA)

Catholic Students Association

Are you Catholic or interested in the Catholic faith? Do you want to meet other students with similar ideas? Do you like bonfires, retreats, BBQs, bible studies, hikes, cycling, movie nights or just hanging out? The CSA is THE PLACE TO BE! Come out on Sundays at 4:00 pm to Holy Cross parish ( 4049 Gordon Head Rd.) for the UVic/Camosun students' mass. If you would like more information on CSA events, please email 

Jewish Students Association (JSA)

Jewish Students Association

Jewish Students Association (JSA) organizes events at Hillel House that are based on core Jewish values, such as tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedakah (acts of charity). The club celebrates the Jewish holidays, develops educational programs, works on social action projects, and encourages people to connect with one another at discussions, parties and retreats. As part of their mandate, JSA also reaches out to a wide variety of organizations on campus, partnering with faculty, staff and other student clubs, and the greater Jewish community. In addition, the club serves as a forum for diverse perspectives on Israeli affairs, as well as a place to celebrate all that Israel gives to the world. Members reflect on a wide spectrum of opinions, encourage open conversation with a respectful setting and transcend political differences.

There is a yearly membership fee of $4, which gives members discounted rates on events, such as weekly Tuesday Hot Lunches and monthly Friday Shabbat Dinners. Though food is central to many programs at the house, the majority of events are free.

The Hillel House is run under the hospices of Hillel BC, a non-profit organization that promotes Jewish life on campus and beyond, providing a warm welcoming environment for Jewish and non-Jewish students, as well as non-students, between the ages of 18-30. 

Open Monday through Thursday from 12-5pm and Fridays 12-3:30pm. 
Onsite amenities include free coffee/cookie bar, piano, lounge, WIFI, kosher-style kitchen, study space, garden and much more. 

Contact Information: Jewish Students Association (JSA)
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Contact Information: Hillel BC (Hillel House)
4012 Dawnview Crescent (behind the Technology Enterprise Facility)
Phone: 250-298-7200 
Email: 
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Website: www.hillelbc.com

Lutheran Student Movement (LSM)

Lutheran Student Movement

Lutheran Campus Ministry works together with other chaplaincies at UVic to offer shared programs as well as specific activities sponsored by Lutheran Chaplaincy that are open to all. To learn more and for information about other activities, send an email to, .

Meditation Club

Meditation Club

UVic has a student run Meditation Club which seeks to teach and support students (and other members of the UVic community) in the practice of meditation.  The Club’s activity is centered around the Monday and Thursday Learn to Meditate sessions at the UVic Chapel (4:30 – 5:15pm, everyone welcome), resourced by Chaplain Henri Lock.  Club members also participate in the bi-weekly soups suppers and a Meditation Retreat held each term at Camp Pringle.  The Club resources other activities, such as meditation hikes, special learning events, and a supportive student community.

If you would like to be on the e-mail list to learn of upcoming events, please email Henri at .

For more information about the Club contact Club President Sho Ya Voorthuyzen at  or Henri Lock at 

Muslim Students' Association (MSA)

Muslim Students' Association

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a non-profit, non-political student organization promoting unity and joint action among Muslim students. Conducting social, cultural, religious and other activities in the best traditions of Islam. Arranging congregational prayers and Islamic religious festivals at appropriate times. Promoting friendly relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. Endeavouring to make Islamic teachings known to interested non-Muslims. 

For more information about the UVic MSA:

Presbyterians on Campus (POC)

Presbyterians on Campus

Want to find out what a Presbyterian is? Want to connect with other Presbyterians on campus? For more details contact Rev. Larua Kavanagh at lauratodd60@gmail.com

Student Christian Movement (SCM)

Student Christian Movement

In the Student Christian Movement we seek follow Jesus' call to bring peace, justice and healing to ourselves, each other and to the world through the ancient practices of meditative prayer, worship, sharing a meal together and action in the world. This is done through our local group, as a part of a vibrant national movement and through our partner groups internationally. For more information email Henri Lock at