SAVE THE DATE for exciting panel discussion – April 5th

Called to Service: Professionals Speak about Ministry

When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Free Dinner included)

Where: Thurgood Marshall Room, 2113, Stamp Student Union

Come hear professionals speak about how work is an expression of spirituality.

How does a passion to serve others, and a concern for social justice lead some people to professional ministry in a variety of work settings?

Common stereotypes will be challenged.

Come hear diverse panelists tell their personal stories or “calls” to professional ministry.

Also learn practical information about what ministry professionals actually do on a day to day basis.

Be inspired for your own journey of self-discovery as you explore professional options!

Co-sponsored by United Campus Ministry Chaplaincy and L3: Listen, Learn, Lead (integrating spirituality/faith/or core values with university life towards creating a professional future.)

For more information contact Chaplain Holly Ulmer

According to the wellness model there are 7 facets to total wellness: emotional, social, physical, environmental, occupational, intellectual AND spiritual. People often overlook spirituality yet it is arguably one of the most important ones. L3 invites you to our Tuesday GetWell dialogues that focuses on how we can connect our spirituality to the other facets of wellness. OPEN TO EVERYONE and ALL: religions, races, majors, or whatever :) we would love to see you in the Thurgood Marshall Room in Stamp Student Union from 5-6pm.

L3: Power of Purpose, Wednesdays

L3: The Power of Purpose weekly discussion group


Starts Feb. 8th, 2016, 12 – 2 p.m.

Thurgood Marshall Room, #2113, Stamp Student Union

FREE Lunch!

Hope you and your friends can join us!

Wednesday Discussion info-

Why are you “here”?

What unique contributions do you hope to make with your one precious life?
What are you passionate about?

How does your faith or secular core values influence  what you envision for your life now and beyond college?

Still figuring this all out?

Discover the power of purpose! Reflect on where you have been, where you are, where you are going.

Come join other students on the path; make connections between what matters most to you and your academic and life/professional callings.

This weekly conversation honors diverse spiritual, religious and secular perspectives and voices, and includes a delicious
FREE lunch.  Friends and roommates WELCOME!

Sponsored by student organization L3: Power of Purpose made possible by United Campus Ministry Chaplaincy and a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Join us for lunch Wednesdays 12 – 1 p.m., Pyon Su Room, Student Union, for “L3: The Power of Purpose”l3-wednesday-oct-12-2016

Fall Updates!

We are excited to begin a new semester and have several different weekly student meetings.

Tuesdays, beginning August 30, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel Lounge is our first Faith and Hot Topics Discussion/with Free Dinner. A fun time to chat about topics that matter, honoring diverse voices.

Thursdays, beginning September 1, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Chapel, Conference Room, #1118, is our Study Zone (Come hang out and study with kindred spirits. Find ways to connect your academic work with your faith/spirituality.)

Sundays, Beginning September 4th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Chapel, Chapel Lounge and Garden Chapel, is our Spiritual practices/Meditation time. Come relax and refresh your spirit through prayer, meditation, music and walking the labyrinth!

Sept. 4th we’ll also have ice cream : )


Wednesdays, starting up on Sept. 7th, 12 – 1 p.m. in the Pyon Su Room, 2108, in the Stamp Student Union, is our L3: Power of Purpose Discussion Group/with Free Lunch (The program is a safe space for students to talk about their hopes/fears about their possible career/professional plans, and connect their faith or core values with finding/living out their unique life callings.)

And we are going on a BEACH RETREAT Sept. 16 – 18th “Trusting Your Heart-Sails”. Should be awesome, and a great way to connect with other students. Cost only $25! Read further down for more details : )

Escape to the Beach! L3: Listen, Learn, Lead Beach Retreat

“Trusting Your Heart-Sails: Navigating UMD’s Changing Tides towards a Purpose-Filled Future”

Come for a fun and relaxing time, walking barefoot in the sand, watching the dolphinsand taking time to listen to the wisdom and dreams of your heart.

How can what matters most to you (your spiritual or secular values) be your guide as you navigate this year’s unique challenges and academic waters, and journey towards your unique life purpose/or professional call? We’ll explore this together.


This retreat welcomes students from diverse, spiritual/religious and secular backgrounds.


WHEN: September 16 – 18, 2016

(We will leave campus Friday afternoon and return  Sunday afternoon.)

WHERE: Christian Church Conference Center, 215 Pennsylvania Ave.,Bethany Beach, DE

2 blocks from the Boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean.  Great Gelato spot nearby!

(Information about the center can be found at

COST: $25 towards travel expenses! Thanks to a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. food and lodging are covered.

Friends and Roommates welcome!

If you are interested in coming and/or have any questions please contact retreat leader Chaplain Holly Ulmer

L3: Listen, Learn, Lead – Integrating faith/spirituality or core values with university life towards creating a professional future.

Update from Intern Melva!

With the new school year approaching, and a rather intense social climate given recent events, much of my time for UCM has involved thinking of ways to best engage students in the Fall, with activities, fellowship, and spiritual growth no matter what God has in store. It is always a challenge to meet the needs of the collegiate community when the social climate of the global world is constantly changing, but I’ve persisted. Currently, I am working with community service representatives from Martha’s Table, So Others Might Eat, and the Leadership and Community Service Learning office in Stamp Student Union, to begin brainstorming programs, service opportunities, and cool things to do in the Fall. 
On a more personal level, however, I continue to wrestle with my secular occupation as a social scientist, my spiritual identity as a born-again Christian, and my socio-sexual identity as a queer body. In the eyes of the world around me, I make the perfect combination of complexity needed in today’s Academy, to offer myself and my talents to students who may relate. However, in my very conservative Christian upbringing, it’s quite the opposite. The beauty, however, that I am realizing over and over, is that every Christian has a purpose, and no person’s purpose is of lesser or greater value than the next. And so, as I continue contemplating God’s asking of all us Christians, to act justly, love freely, and most of all, walk humbly with Him in all that we aspire to do, I take comfort in knowing that God knows what is best for me.  While I may not be educating youth from behind a pulpit, perhaps, I can educate youth in my own unique way without devaluing my identity as a Christian.
Melva Coles
L3 Intern