ivcf: university of chicago
Our Multi-ethnic chapter (MEIV) welcomes all undergraduates in the College.
If you're Asian or Asian-American, check out our sister chapter, Asian American InterVarsity (AAIV). (Since both chapters usually meet in Ida Noyes, "checking out" = "wandering down the hall.")
If you're a graduate student, faculty, or staff member: Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) is for you! There are also Christian student chapters in the Booth School of Business (Christian Business Students Association), the Pritzker School of Medicine (Pritzker Christian Fellowship), and the Christian Law Students in the Law School.
If you're wondering why we have several campus IVCF chapters instead of just one, see "Alphabet Soup."
SMALL GROUPS: Many dorms have a group of IVCF students who meet weekly for Bible study and prayer. Check out our small groups page for more details.
Fridays, LARGE GROUP: Join us for singing, speaking, sharing, and more! 7pm, usually at Ida Noyes Hall (look for the signs).
SUMMER IV: During the summer, different members take turns hosting small groups. Sign up here for more information.
FALL RETREAT: Friday, October 17 to Sunday, October 19.
3:00 PM Friday - Sunday afternoon. Get out of Hyde Park. Be reminded that forests and wildlife exist. Spend time with God. Learn more about fellow Christians on campus. All this and more! We'll depart from Ida Noyes around 3pm, and return on Sunday around the same time. See Lauren or Robert to sign up.
WINTERFEST: February of each year. Meet students from Northwestern, UIC, DePaul, Loyola, and (almost) every other college/university in the Chicagoland area for a weekend of training and ministry.
CHICAGO URBAN PROJECT: What are you doing for spring break? How about spending time working with Chicago's Austin and Lawndale neighborhoods, learning about ministry in impoverished neighborhoods...and maybe learning about yourself as well? Contact Alice or John for more information.
CEDAR CAMPUS: After surviving finals, we spend a week in the upper pensinula of Michigan at IVCF's Cedar Campus. There are lots of great tracks and activities: it's a wonderful way to end the school year.
THE FISH: The University of Chicago's magazine exploring issues of faith and reason. Not an IVCF publication, although many IVCF students also work for the Fish.
ALPHABET SOUP: a quick take on why IVCF has so many chapters at the U of C.
CHRISTIANITY AND THE U OF C: What are the day-to-day consequences of following Christ at the University? In 2003 IVCF invited several alumni to talk about their experiences. Also, I highly recommend Greg Jao's essay on Faith and Common Core, published in the Chicago Maroon.
GOOD BOOKS: Not "Great Books," just good, nutritious reading to help you follow Christ. Put together by Chicago-area IVCF staff.
EMERGING SCHOLARS NETWORK: We worship a God who is the "source of all wisdom and fount of all knowledge." Our faith does not oppose our studies, but instead inspires and illuminates them. We are called to excellence in learning, teaching, research, and service at the University, as Christian scholars. If you believe likewise, check out the Emerging Scholars Network.
Ministry in Daily Life: Will your ministry (yes, you have one) stop when you leave college? If you're wondering what challenges Christians face in the "marketplace," check out IVCF's Ministry in Daily Life website.
"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit
of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see
the Day approaching."
- Hebrews 10:25
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) at the University of Chicago strives to be a witnessing community of students, faculty, and staff who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God's Word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture, and God's purposes in the world.