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BUDDHIST

The United States Air Force Academy Buddhist community is led by a Sensei in the Zen tradition and welcomes all forms of Buddhism as well as those interested in learning more about Buddhist meditation and teachings. In addition to weekly meditation, cadets may participate in:

  • Special observances
  • Retreats
  • Visits to Buddhist centers

The Academy’s Buddhist community also offers Special Programs in Religious Education (SPIRE) every Monday.

EARTH-CENTERED

Our Earth-Centered Spirituality (ECS) community provides cadet support and spiritual education. Through introduction to the larger ECS community, United States Air Force Academy cadets also have opportunities to connect with others who share their spiritual pursuits. They may participate in:

  • Community retreats
  • Celebrations
  • Sacred observances
  • Quran and Hadith study
  • Ramadan services/meals
  • Eid/Holydays celebrations
  • Retreats
  • Islamic counseling
  • An environment to foster partnership, character and leadership
  • Weekly study of sacred texts
  • Festive meals accompanying the celebration of Sabbath and Jewish holidays
  • Retreats
  • Weekend programs with other service academies
  • Rabbinical counseling

Cadets are also often called to create and lead sacred rituals, fostering an environment of collaboration and leadership.

For more information, please contact Chaplain, Maj. Dennis DeGuzman at (719) 333-2636.

HINDU

For United States Air Force Academy cadets of Hindu faiths, opportunities to worship are available in the local Colorado Springs area. A Hindu point of contact exists for cadets to connect with for spiritual growth.

For information about the local Hindu spiritual contact and community, please contact Chaplain, Maj. Dennis DeGuzman at (719) 333-2636.

ISLAM

The Islamic community at the United States Air Force Academy provides cadets the opportunity to worship as well as receive religious education and spiritual support. Cadets may participate in daily prayers, religious education and Friday worship services.

JEWISH

At the United States Air Force Academy, we offer cadets a unique experience that attempts to connect with community and encounter the holy through the prism and practice of the Jewish religion. The Jewish community provides regular opportunities for access to the soulful and communal aspects of life by nourishing the heart, mind, body and spirt.

LATTER-DAY SAINTS (LDS)

The United States Air Force Academy’s Latter-day Saints (LDS) community is an active and growing organization. Led by LDS Elder and Sister Edgin, cadets have the opportunity to participate in Sunday services in the local wards and attend rejuvenating retreats. In addition, cadets can join the LDS choir and religious education within Special Programs in Religious Education (SPIRE) is offered every Monday evening.

For more information, please contact Elder Gordon or Sister Cheryl Edgin at (719) 333-2636.

ORTHODOX

For United States Air Force Academy cadets of Orthodox faiths, opportunities to worship are available at an Orthodox church in the local Colorado Springs area. During Basic Cadet Training (BCT), an Orthodox priest is present to lead services for cadets and provide religious education. The Academy’s Orthodox community also offers Special Programs in Religious Education (SPIRE) every Monday.

For more information about the Orthodox community, please contact Chaplain, Maj. Dennis DeGuzman at (719) 333-2636.

OTHER FAITHS

Cadets are always encouraged to explore their own religious traditions. For other faith groups at the United States Air Force Academy that do not have a chaplain representative or Distinctive Religious Group Leader to lead their program, such as Hinduism and Sikhism, cadets are connected with local worshipping communities of that faith.

Branch Chief of Cadet Faith Communities, Chaplain, Maj. Dennis DeGuzman, is available to assist regarding religious accommodation requests. He can be reached at (719) 333-2636.

PROTESTANT

The Protestant community at the United States Air Force Academy is home to a vibrant group of cadets that offers worship services (traditional and contemporary), community building, retreats, pastoral care and religious education. Protestant chaplains are always available to provide prayer, counseling and encouragement to cadets.

Inspired by uplifting messages, cadet-led worship and small group activities, our cadets grow in faith and commitment as they prepare to be future leaders in our Air Force and the nation. They can also assist with planning some of our retreats, and may serve as:

  • Worship leaders (choir and praise team)
  • Ushers
  • Readers
  • Members of a leadership council
ROMAN CATHOLIC

In addition to daily and weekend worship services, the Catholic community at the United States Air Force Academy offers retreats, pastoral care, religious education and sacramental preparation. Cadets have the opportunity to practice both faith and leadership development in several areas. During worship services, cadets serve as:

  • Members of the choir
  • Members of the praise team
  • Ushers
  • Lectors
  • Alter servers
  • Eucharistic Ministers

Organizational and leadership skills are sharpened outside of worship through planning and executing two annual retreats and leading the Cadet Catholic Parish Advisory Council.

The Catholic Chaplains are always available for spiritual direction, confessions, prayer, counsel, support and encouragement.

SIKH

For Academy cadets of Sikh faith, opportunities to worship are available in the local Colorado Springs area. A Sikh point of contact exists for cadets to connect with for spiritual growth.

For information about the local spiritual Sikh contact and community, please contact Chaplain, Maj. Dennis DeGuzman at (719) 333-2636.