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DEEP ROOTS. BROAD REACH.

From our founding in 1857, the Queens community has lived out our motto, “Not to be served, but to serve.” Our deep roots in Presbyterian tradition mean we nurture minds and spirit as we commit to the greater good. But those roots also anchor our broad reach, as we build relationships with all people—regardless of religious or secular leanings. Along the way, we learn more about each other, ourselves, and our world.

Presbyterian & Pluralist Statement

We affirm Queens’ ties, established at our founding in 1857, with the Presbyterian Church (USA). This tradition has embedded core values such as service, intellectual curiosity, and commitment to the civic good in Queens’ DNA. Thus the Queens community promotes the civic good by fostering knowledge and nurturing relationships among people of different religious and philosophical world views. This pluralistic approach lies at the heart of the transformative educational experience Queens provides.

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Civic Good Promoting Civic Good
Guatemala Mission Trip | Holocaust Memory Trip to Poland | Texas Border Immersion Trip | Room in the Inn | Charlotte Urban Immersion | Firefly After School Program at The Grove Presbyterian Church | YMCA ESL Conversation Hour
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Fostering Knowledge Fostering Knowledge
Religion in Charlotte group visits to churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples | Presbyterian & Pluralist Week | Campus speakers and events, such as Krista Tippett, Eboo Patel, Chris Stedman, and Hijabi Monologues | Davies Fellows Program
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Relationships Nurturing Relationships
Weekly “Coffee and Croissants” | Shabbat Services | Interfaith Seder | Weekly Bible Studies, Fellowship, and Worship | Montreat College Conference | Interfaith Conferences, including Ripple and IFYC’s Interfaith Leadership Institute
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“Being part of the religious and spiritual life on campus has taught me how to articulate what I believe and challenge things I have questioned from my own religious background. Most importantly, I have learned how to communicate better with others because if you have a solid of understanding of others faith perspectives it’s much easier to build meaningful relationships.” -Genie Richards ’19

 

Clubs and Organizations

  • Catholics on Campus
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Hillel
  • Interfaith Leadership Council
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Reformed University Fellowship
  • UKirk Presbyterian Campus Fellowship
  • Young Life

 

Davies Fellow

Davies FellowsThe Robert and Pamela Davies Fellowship offers a signature “Yes/And” experience for students who are committed to exploring religious and spiritual life at Queens and beyond. Our Davies fellows learn in both academic and co-curricular settings, serve as campus leaders, engage in community outreach, and reflect together on faith-based or philosophical values that shape their lives.

 

Contact Us

Rabbi Judy Schindler
Campus Rabbi and Director, Stan Greenspon Center
schindlerj@queens.edu

Imam Atif Chaudhry
Coordinator of Muslim Life
chaudhrya@queens.edu

The Rev. Dr. Suzanne Watts Henderson
Dean of Belk Chapel
hendersons@queens.edu

The Rev. Joey Haynes
University Chaplain, Director of Davies Center for Faith & Outreach
haynesj@queens.edu

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