3/25 L3: Power of Purpose Zoom Meeting 12:00 pm, Corona Virus Support

Hello all, As COVID-19 has spread into our various communities, we can imagine you have all been greatly affected. During this trying time, we would like to hear from you how L3 and United Campus Ministry can continue to serve your needs remotely.

 On Wednesday at 12 o’clock, we will be having a Zoom session so that you can check-in with us, let us know how you are feeling, and alert us to how L3 and United Campus Ministry can support you for the rest of the semester.  We also have ideas we’d like to share with you, and would like to explore ways we can help others during this critical time, continuing to love God and our neighbors.

You can join this Zoom session on Wednesday, March 25th at 12:00 PM through this link: https://umd.zoom.us/j/8577387490 Or by entering this meeting ID into the app: 857 738 7490  
We pray that you and yours stay safe and healthy.

Blessings to all of you, L3 Interns Samantha & Jennifer, and Chaplain Holly

Corona Virus Pandemic Support

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

During the Corona Virus Pandemic, some spiritual encouragement

“But all shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of thing
shall be well !”

— Julian of Norwich, a 14th Century mystic and theologian who wrote the earliest surviving book in the English language written by a woman, Revelations of Divine Love.

Julian’s words of spiritual peace and illumination were written out of the fabric of her life; she lived during the 1347 plague, and in a time of famine and war.

As Christians, or people of faith, at the deepest level of our interior spiritual center we already know “All will be well.” All is well.

This is true even when we may be feeling afraid or worried.  “All will be well” or “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” or another favorite phrase of scripture or holy text may be something we can repeat throughout the day as a spiritual anchor or practice for greater courage and peace of mind. (In addition to of course prayer, experiencing the Divine in others, and reading our beloved Bible, and spiritual texts.) All is well as our creator walks with us through every life challenge, never abandoning us.

During this time of uncertainty and a rapidly evolving situation, United Campus Ministry is available to support students, faculty and staff regardless of religious or secular affiliation.

Chaplain Holly is available for spiritual and emotional support. Contact her at ulmer@umd.edu; she will be regularly checking her email.

Currently due to planned spring break March 14 – March 22 UCM is not holding any events.

We are in the process of moving our student meetings and worship to an on-line environment.

Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can be supportive.

Take heart and have courage. God is with you.

3/8 Women in the Bible

Do you have a favorite woman in the Bible who inspires you?
In honor of women’s history month we will be celebrating different women in the Bible.
6 – 7:30 p.m. Memorial Chapel Lounge. Snacks included!
Have a great weekend and hope to see you soon.

😇

3/4 “Other”ing within Religion

Join us for free lunch and good conversation every Wednesday from 12-2 in the Nanticoke Room, Stamp Student Union.   Come and go as you please!  Student-led and student generated topics.

  • March 4th “Other”ing within Religion – How do some define who is “in” and “out” in a religion. Have you ever felt like an “other” and does that keep you from practicing your religion?

Upcoming Topics

  • March 11th – Religious Women in Positions of Authority –  In honor of Women’s History Month we will be having a conversation about women who have heard a call to religious leadership
  • March 18 – SPRING BREAK
  • March 29th How do you image God? – What are the primary images of God you carry around with you? Is God as “the Holy One who calls us” one of them? How do your personal images of God impact your relationship with God, and how you live out your faith?

3/1 What Does It Mean to Follow Jesus? & Worship

Sunday’s hot topic is “What does it mean to follow Jesus?”

Whether you are Christian or just curious, join us for an open, honest conversation where all voices are respected.  We will end with an informal simple worship/prayer time.

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Chapel Lounge & Garden Chapel, Memorial Chapel.

Thoughts on following Jesus from Henri Nouwen’s book Following Jesus:

  • Following Jesus is focusing on the One who calls and gradually trusting that we can let go of our familiar world and that something new will come. (p. 30)
  • Following Jesus in a life of discipleship, the Christian life, is about discovering how God’s presence can be made visible here and now by our love for each other. (p. 63)

2/26 Ash Wednesday Service & L3: Power of Purpose

Hope you are having an awesome week!  😇
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent, so our Wednesday program schedule is different this week:
12:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service, Garden Chapel, Memorial Chapel            With imposition of ashes and communion  UCM co-sponsoring with Lutheran Campus Ministry, Episcopal Campus Ministry, United Methodist Campus Ministry (Wesley Foundation)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. L3: Power of Purpose, Nanticoke Room, Stamp Student Union w/ Lunch.   Our hot topic is Mardi Gras,Fat Tuesday and LentWhat’s it all about? How can the season of Lent contribute to our sense of purpose and faith?

Hope you will join us!