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The University Religious Council (URC) is a collection of the ministers/directors of the religious/spiritual/cultural groups at the University of Arizona. This organization has been in existence since 1948, helping to provide spiritual support and growth to students. The URC has its own constitution, policies, meetings, and annual dues.

The goal of this council is to promote spiritual benefits for students, faculty, and staff at the UA. To that end, membership is based on adherence to accepted norms of behavior towards students, faculty, and staff, as outlined in the URC Bylaws, and not on theological or faith affiliation.

Now, as in 1948, the URC is a voluntary organization. The URC recognizes the value that being part of a religious community offers college students and that such communities have mutual needs and interests regardless of faith or theological affiliation. Therefore, we seek to gather a diverse group of campus ministers and directors of religious groups at the University of Arizona to form a cooperative council.

We are committed as a communications conduit between Southern Arizona’s Religious communities and the UA. We also value and welcome your input. Please email your questions, suggestions, or comments. 

Kelly Bauer
President, University Religious Council
520-623-4204
bauerkg@ldschurch.org

Tannya R. Gaxiola, MBA
Assistant Vice President for Community Relations
520-621-0333
tannya@email.arizona.edu

 

Membership Directory 2015-2016

Ambassadors for Christ
2848 N Mountain Avenue
520-390-8115

Baha’i Faith
Baha’i Center
220 E Kelso Street
520-623-4090

Buddhist Fellowship
1401 E First Street
520-360-2881

Catholic Newman Center
1615 E Second Street
520-327-4665

Chi Alpha Campus Ministry
520-241-2863

Christian Challenge
901 N Tyndall
520-624-4236

Cru
cruatua@gmail.com

Damascus Road
520-549-5062

Episcopal Campus Ministry
715 N Park Avenue
520-623-7575

Hillel Foundation
1245 E Second Street
520-624-6561

InterVarsityUA
928-699-1782

Islamic Center of Tucson
901 E 1st Street
520-624-3233

LDS Institute
1333 E 2nd Street
520-623-4204

Little Chapel of All Nations
1401 E 1st Street
520-623-1692

Lutheran Campus Ministry- ELCA
715 N Park Avenue
520-623-7575

Presbyterian Campus Ministry
715 N Park Avenue
520-623-7575

Priority College Ministry
445 E Speedway Boulevard
520-505-1595

Spiritual Seekers UCC
520-318-3557

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Wesley United Methodist Campus Ministry
715 N Park Avenue
520-623-7575

Being a part of a religious faith community can be a great source of support for college students. Many such groups exist on the University of Arizona campus. Most are helpful, ethical, and have the best interest of students at heart. Unfortunately, incidents of religious practices gone awry sometimes do occur. Listed below are several warning signs.

RED FLAGS

Religious Stalking 
Warning Signs: Persistent unwanted door knocks, phone calls, or hanging around your living space means people have crossed boundaries. You have the right to say “No,” and that should be respected. 

Invasiveness
Warning Signs: Attempts to gain inappropriate personal, financial, sexual, and/or emotional information about/from you.

Deception
Warning Signs: Failure to clearly identify themselves. A religious group’s identity, affiliation, and advertising should be unambiguous, with beliefs and practices transparent. For example, ‘surveys,’ ‘contests,’ and other recruitment methods should identify the organization and the full purpose of the contest/event.

Pressure
Warning Signs: Pressure to not date or associate with others outside the religious group; to lie to or disengage from your family and/or religious community; or to avoid other campus activities and groups.

Shame
Warning Signs: Religious groups who say that if you don’t join their group, give money, or spend time with them, then you don’t really love God.

Religious Manipulation              
Warning Signs: Strategies that target vulnerable students. Methods which seek to break down and then rebuild students. Instances of over-the-top niceness used as a form of entrapment.

PLEASE REPORT improper or questionable incidents to:

  • Dean of Students at 520-621-7059
  • Your RA or Hall Director
  • University Religious Council at 520-623-1692 or urcuofa@gmail.com
  • If in danger call UA Police Department at 9-1-1

A diversity of religious groups exist on campus. While the goal is not theological conformity, ALL religious groups should strive for:

  • Respect for students, faculty, and staff
  • Highest standards of honesty in advertising and transparency of intent
  • Greatest amount of civility toward one another
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