Coexisting on campus
Northwood’s diverse student body has made it a melting pot of ideas, beliefs and cultures. Here are some clubs at Northwood that allow students to connect with and learn about different religious communities on campus.
Ecclesia seeks to provide a community at Northwood where Christian students can unite to worship and celebrate their faith. Ecclesia places great emphasis on its goal of fostering genuine connections and relationships within the club, where members are considered to be not only friends but also family. Members gather to worship and share their faith on campus every Tuesday at lunch in Erik Emery’s room 1005.
The Jewish Student Union is the newest religion-focused club on campus. Their focus is to foster discussion amongst members, both Jewish and non-Jewish, about basic Jewish beliefs and values, as well as the meaning and history behind different Jewish holidays. The Jewish Student Union also plans on inviting different guests to speak on campus and hosting exciting events to share their culture and beliefs with the broader Timberwolf community. They invite all Northwood students to stop by and join them at a meeting, regardless of their religious beliefs. The Jewish Student Union meets every Thursday at lunch in Vadim Rubin’s room 1101.
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) focuses on uniting and empowering Muslim-American students by providing them an outlet to voice their beliefs and perspective. By hosting and participating in a variety of school-wide events that have included speakers and activities, MSA focuses on addressing and countering misconceptions, stereotypes and prejudice against Muslim-Americans. They simultaneously focus on celebrating their culture and emphasizing the core Islamic values of teamwork, responsibility and kindness. Northwood MSA also participates in the annual Southern California Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament, where they compete against around 15 other schools in 31 different events and typically place either first or second every year. The Muslim Student Association meets every Wednesday at lunch in Mary DeLuca’s room 901.
The Roman Catholic Club strives to bring the Catholic community at Northwood together by providing a supportive environment where Catholic students and non-Catholics can collectively learn more about Catholicism and appreciate its teachings. Because service is a major tenet of Catholicism, the Roman Catholic Club focuses on giving back to their community through charitable acts like making blankets for the local animal shelter, donating food to people in need through Families Forward and writing cards to lift the spirits of kids at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Roman Catholic Club meets every other Wednesday at lunch in Christina Banagas-Engelerdt’s room 1010.