Wayne State offers numerous places on campus for students to worship, working to uphold its mission statement of preparing a diverse student body to thrive.
WSU houses 23 religious student groups, whose event times and meeting places vary. There are also cultural groups like the Native American Student Organization, whose bi-weekly meetings in the Student Center, offer students the opportunity to partake in ceremonies and spiritual practices – particularly guided by the traditions of the Anishinabek people.
Those looking to focus on the mind, body and spirit can try morning and evening yoga sessions at the Mort Harris Recreation Center, group meditation sessions with the student group Deep Breath or the handful of exercise facilities and studios in midtown.
The Office of Multicultural Student Engagement on the seventh floor of the Student Center and Counseling and Psychological Services on the fifth floor are two additional options for those with questions, both open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m.
Alongside groups and resources, there are specific sites students can visit. From churches and mosques to synagogues and temples, there are a variety of places of worship catering to Detroit’s diverse population.
Places to Worship
WSU Reflection Room
Student Center, 5221 Gullen Mall, third floor doso.wayne.edu
This multi-faith, non-denominational Reflection Room is open for all to use. There are two religious purification rooms directly outside the room for students as well. These spaces cannot be reserved, but they’re available anytime the Student Center is open. Contact the Dean of Students Office at 313-577-1010 with any questions or concerns.
WSU Newman Catholic Center
Student Center, 5221 Gullen Mall, seventh floor catholic.wayne.edu
Daily Mass is celebrated at 12:15 p.m. followed by the rosary directly afterwards and the Chaplet
of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m. Mass is also celebrated from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
On Sundays, confession starts at 4 p.m., with Mass at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. However, aside from Mass, the Newman Center offers a community as well and students are welcome to join in the discussions, events and game nights they host.
Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple
4345 Trumbull St. Stillpointzenbuddhisttemple.org
Koho Vince Anila was ordained as a Dharma teacher in 2003, and this temple offers intensive practice programs and meditation courses, as well as a Sangha training program. Practices are rooted in the Korean Chogye tradition, but you do not have to identify as a Buddhist to be welcome. Its community partners with the Ruth Ellis Center, which offers a range of services for homeless or unsupported LGBTQ youth. Sunday morning public services are at 10:30 a.m.
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul
4800 Woodward Ave. detroitcathedral.org
This Episcopalian Church’s mission says it is a welcoming place for young adults where they can build community and foster relationships in and out of the cathedral. Three sources primarily anchor their belief system: scripture, tradition and reason. Services are offered daily. Starting 7:30 a.m. on Sundays, 12:10 p.m. Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday during Lent and 7 a.m. Wednesday.
First Congregational Church of Detroit
33 E. Forest Ave. friendsoffirst.com
A historic midtown institution, it opened in 1891 and doubles as an Underground Railroad Living Museum. Members of the church learn about the abolitionism movement and congregationalism from Reverend Cindy A. Rice. Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. and worship services begin at 11 a.m.
Greater King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church
4638 4th St. greaterkingsolomon.com
A Detroit institution since 1942, today Reverend William Pitts and his sister Yvonne welcome worshippers to their tight knit congregation. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by morning worship at 11 a.m.
Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams Ave. centalumchurchdetroit.org
A sect of the largest mainline protestant denomination in the United States, this is an LGBT-friendly, peace and justice-focused, reconciling congregation, according to the church’s website. Church school on Sundays are at 9 a.m., followed by worship services at 10:30 a.m. – with coffee hour afterwards.
Wayne State University Islamic Center of Detroit
4646 Cass Ave. facebook.com/cassmosque/
Also known as the Cass Mosque or Cass Masjid, this is a multicultural institution serving WSU students and Detroit residents via the word of the Quran. Visit their Facebook page for prayer schedule, updated monthly.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
1457 Griswold Street downtownsynagogue.org
An egalitarian synagogue based in Jewish tradition and pluralistic practice, they encourage engagement from all ages by offering a wide range of programming for the entire Jewish community in metro Detroit. Saturday morning Torah Study begins at 9 a.m. and Shabbat services are at 9:30 a.m. Shabbasana Yoga is 10:30–11:45 a.m. followed by minyan and a free Kiddush luncheon.
4215 E McNichols Road durgatemple.net
This Hindu temple and 501(c)(3) offers devotees traditional religious rites, cultural values, home priest service and family ritual. Weekly Sunday Service is 4 p.m.-9 p.m., while Gita Path, Kirtan and Prasad is Sunday 5 p.m.-8 p.m.