About Us

A BEACON OF HOPE FOR THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

Memorial Chapel

The United Campus Ministry (UCM) at the University of Maryland provides quality spiritual support and programs for young adults during critical years. Our on-campus Christian chaplaincy offers a safe environment where students from diverse backgrounds can come together to honestly question, grow and live out their faith. UCM extends a warm welcome to young people, and travels with them through all the twists, turns and detours of their spiritual journeys.

Various programs and services provided by UCM include: community service, pastoral and crisis support, Sunday dinner meetings, worship, hot topic discussions, interfaith dialogue, study related to faith and spirituality, mission trips, social events, weddings and premarital preparation, memorial services.

The UCM also has an important role on the University of Maryland campus, representing the spiritual dimension of life. Vital campus partnerships have included: The Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs; the Department of Resident Life; the Counseling Center; the Health Center; the School of Music; the Suicide Awareness Health Education Training Advisory Board; the Wellness Initiative; the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Committee; Campus Chaplaincies, Interfaith working group, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, (Interfaith/Secular Dialogue) Words of Engagement Dialogue Program.

United Campus Ministry is a 501(c) 3 organization supported by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Church of Christ, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), individuals and local churches.

United Campus Ministry is a university recognized chaplaincy under the Division of Student Affairs.

Staff, Volunteers and Board Members:

Rev. Holly Ulmer at a 9/11 Memorial service
Rev. Holly Ulmer of the UMD Memorial Chapel tells her 9/11 story to a crowd of students and faculty members at the Interfaith Reflection held September 11th, 2014 at the Memorial Chapel.

Chaplain Holly Ulmer
Office hours by appointment.
ulmer@umd.edu

Originally from Long Island, New York, Holly Ulmer is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Holly received a B.A. in Music and English from Bucknell University, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. As a pastor, Holly finds joy working with young adults and considers it a privilege to minister to and with students as they journey from “inherited” faith to “owned” faith during the challenging college years. She regularly teaches a one-credit Interfaith/Secular Dialogue Course that has a social justice component and gives young adults skills for building relationships with others who have world views very different than their own. For 10 years Holly was a member of National Capital Presbytery’s Anti-Racism Task Force. She is a member of the National Campus Ministry Association (NCMA), and created and coordinated the worship services for the 2010 annual conference. Board Certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains, Holly also has served as an on-call Chaplain at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

Two of Holly’s favorite things are singing and playing the violin.

 

Summer Intern

Courtney Steininger, L3 Summer Intern

Courtney Steininger is a senior English major at the University of Maryland and is currently serving as a summer intern for United Campus Ministry for the L3: Listen, Learn, Lead program. UCM has been such a crucial part of her college experience, and she is incredibly grateful for all that the ministry has done for her. She looks forward to attending Princeton Theological Seminary in the fall of 2018, where she will continue to develop her sense of call that has begun its cultivation in this ministry.

Board of Directors

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

  • Mark Stunder, President
  • Cynthia Radden-Lesage, Treasurer
  • Courtney Steininger, Student Member of the Board

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

  • Bonnie Zager, Assistant Treasurer and Secretary

Other

  • Pamela Allen, Vice-President and UMD Staff representative

We are always looking for more volunteers! If you are interested in helping out United Campus Ministry, please fill out the following form:

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