Student Clubs

Andover Christian Fellowship (ACF)

Student Co-Heads for 2019-20: Ignacy Jurjewicz ’20, Irura Nyiha ’20, Charlotte Whitehurst ’22, and Hannah Zhang ‘21

Students from varied Christian traditions are encouraged to join ACF’s weekly discussions. Through the study of scripture and comparison of religious tradition, participants seek to explore the relevance and vitality of the Christian faith.

The group meets every Monday evening for Bible study, fellowship, and prayer.

For more information about ACF, please contact Reverend Anne Gardner at 978.749.4138.

CATHOLIC STUDENT FELLOWSHIP (CSF)

Student Head for 2019-20: Zach Moynihan ‘21

Students in the Catholic Student Fellowship gather weekly to share a meal, build community amongst the day and boarding students of the Catholic community, and participate in informal and formal discussions led by students, faculty, or guest speakers.

Framing the discussions and activities of the CSF is an understanding of Catholicism’s role in the world to serve and to better humanity and the Earth. As such, many CSF students are involved in and lead service projects on and off-campus.

The group meets every Tuesday evening for dinner and fellowship.

For more information about CSF, please contact Dr. Mary Kantor at 978.749.4137.

CULTURE, POLITICS, AND RELIGION: GIVING LIFE TO DISCUSSION (CPR)

Student Co-Heads for 2019-20: Adaeze Izuegbunam ’20, Victoria Kadiri ’20, Maame Quakyi ’20, and Hanna Wu ‘20

This discussion-based collaboration is an opportunity for all students, regardless of their religious tradition (or lack thereof), to consider the ways in which religion impacts both our cultural and political worlds. The group is not beholden to a certain perspective or lens. In fact, many members of CPR consider themselves to be without faith. What this group affords is a chance to reflect on our increasingly complex world through a prism of many vantage points, without rancor or argumentation. The goal of CPR’s weekly discussions is enlightenment and not persuasion.

Over the years CPR has sponsored many innovative programs including a documentary film series and the hosting of various speakers, including CNN commentator Reza Aslan in 2018. Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church, will come to campus in 2019-20 to share her story of leaving her church community. Her work now centers around promoting respectful dialogue, both inside and outside of religious circles.

In subsequent years CPR hopes to continue providing opportunities for these kinds of critical and divergent conversations.

The group meets every Monday evening for dinner and discussion.

For more information about CPR, please contact Reverend Anne Gardner at 978.749.4138.

Hindu Student Union

Student Co-Heads for 2019-20: Kohana Kapoor ’21 and Avan Shah ‘22

Students involved in HSU, often in collaboration with the Indo-Pak club, meet to plan Hindu festivals, to discuss topics important to the region, and to mark important religious holidays.

In the fall term, HSU traditionally hosts a large-scale Indian dinner for Diwali, the culmination of which is the lighting of the columns of Samuel Phillips Hall, Andover’s main academic building. When the warm weather arrives, the colors of Holi are on display during a campus-wide celebration marking this vibrant and important holiday. During the doldrums of winter, HSU gathers for fellowship, including hosting movie nights, Thai dinners, ice cream socials and the like.

For more information about HSU, please contact Reverend Anne Gardner at 978.749.4138.

Jewish Student Union (JSU)

Student Head for 2019-20: Karin Ulanovsky ‘20

The Jewish Student Union is open to any student interested in deepening their understanding of Judaism, both spiritually and culturally. JSU organizes a weekly Shabbat service, in addition to providing opportunities to celebrate the traditions, history, and cuisine of this rich faith tradition. These efforts include the building of the Sukkah in the main quadrangle of campus, the availability of kosher food during the holidays, and other similar offerings.

Each year, in the winter term, JSU also sponsors an on-campus Jewish Cultural Weekend. This gathering is a multi-day event during which various facets of Judaism are explored. During the 2019-20 academic year, this event will feature Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini, a Jewish-Palestinian comic duo.

For more information about JSU, please contact Rabbi Michael Swarttz at 978.749.4131.

Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Student Co-Heads for 2019-20: Alia Abdulla ’20 and Newaz Rahman‘20

Open to all Muslim students and to those who seek to learn more about Islam, this group gathers for both prayer and fellowship. In addition, Muslim students work to inform the school community of their faith through their participation in various interfaith services and discussions.

Muslim students gather each Friday for Jummah prayers, along with hosting a weekly dinner meeting.

For more information about MSA, please contact Noureddine El Alam at 978.749.4240.