A BEACON OF HOPE FOR THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY
Fall 2021 UCM and University of Maryland are resuming in-person activities.
L3: Power of Purpose – 12 – 1 p.m., Wednesdays, Stamp Student Union, Pyon Su Room 2108
L3 Gathering – 6 – 7 p.m., Sundays, Memorial Chapel, Chapel Lounge
For more information, go to this website’s Home page and scroll down to view our blog which lists current L3 discussion/worship topics and special programs. ALL ARE WELCOME!
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, Multicultural and Community Advocacy office (MICA).
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:
Chaplain Holly Ulmer
Office hours by appointment.
“Whatever is on your heart or mind, concerns large or small, my prayers are with you. Be in touch for listening support. You are beloved by God, and are never alone.”
Originally from Long Island, New York, Rev. Holly Ulmer is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). As a pastor, Holly finds joy working with young adults and considers it a privilege to minister with students as they ask big questions, and journey from “inherited” faith to “owned” faith during the challenging college years. She loves accompanying students as they discover their life callings, and engage in social justice. On campus she is a Fostering Terp Success coach, and a Narrative 4 facilitator. Holly received a B.A. in Music and English from Bucknell University, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center. Currently with colleagues she is a member of a Be the Bridge anti-racism discussion group. Holly 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 Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. and a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains, Holly also served as an on-call Chaplain at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.
Some of Holly’s favorite things are singing, dancing and playing the violin.
Rachel Koehler, Chaplain Intern for 2021-2022 Academic year
(Thanks to the wonderful generosity of an anonymous donor, 2020-2021 was the first time UCM provided a Seminarian Internship. UCM is an officially approved Practice in Ministry and Mission site for Wesley Theological Seminary.)
“I am so excited to be working with you all this year. I am going into my second year at Wesley Theological Seminary and am currently seeking ordination as a deacon within the United Methodist Church. I first experienced my call to ministry in the mountains of Appalachia working for Appalachia Service Project, and I continued to explore it through various internships in DC and Indianapolis (where I went to college at Butler University – Go Dawgs!). These experiences taught me the value of interfaith relationships and allowed me to research the intersection of faith and politics. I look forward to delving into some of these subjects with you all and creating a strong community together during this unusual time of pandemic. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through social media. I cannot wait to connect and hear your story!”
Board of Directors
United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Jeffrey Stinehelfer, President
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)
- Cynthia Radden-Lesage, Treasurer
- Frank Randall, Secretary
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
- Bonnie Zager, Assistant Treasurer
- Judith Walter, Vice President
University of Maryland, College Park
Rev. Pamela Allen, Program Director, University of Maryland Career Center and the President’s Promise
(Note: Our Chaplain is also a voting member of the Board of Directors.)
We are always looking for more volunteers! If you are interested in helping out United Campus Ministry, please fill out the following form: