Called to Serve: Day Retreat in Lucketts, VA

L3 Students! Do you feel “Called to Serve?” Join us as we explore the ideas of calling and service on a day-long retreat to Lucketts, VA.

After a morning of study and discussion with Gary and Lisa Mears, we will be helping them work to restore Faith Chapel. Gary and Lisa have moved into the Faith Chapel manse, a Presbyterian church that closed years ago. Now, they are working to restore the church and establish a new worshipping community in Loudon County, VA. We will get to hear their story of how they were Called to Serve during our morning study and will get to know them even better in the afternoon.

Spots for this retreat are first-come, first-served, but there are spots reserved for freshmen/new students. Email courtneysteininger@gmail.com to reserve your spot! Transportation and snacks will be provided. Please bring a bagged lunch and money for dinner.

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Our hearts are with Charlottesville

Once again, our nation is reeling from a tragedy and we must make a statement. Today, United Campus Ministry reiterates that we stand with the people of Charlottesville, and that we will not allow hate in our community at UMD or anywhere.

National Capital Presbytery made the following statement regarding the events in Charlottesville:

“As followers of the Christ, let us be clear where we stand. We are all formed in the image of God. The Confession of Belhar calls us to remember that we are to be ‘the salt of the earth and the light of the world’, therefore, as a Presbytery, let us be that beacon of light. Encouraging one another to live into a ‘new obedience’ we urge our member churches in both word and deed to actively confront racism that exists in our pews, and our communities.”

These words remind us of our ministry’s purpose. Though it sometimes feels discouraging that churches are most visible during times of tragedy, it is during these trying times that our ministries can refocus our eyes on God and spread our best message of hope.

Condolences to our Campus Community

Amid the celebration and revelry surrounding graduation this weekend, our community has been shaken by an on-campus stabbing this past weekend.

A 22-year-old white UMD student, Sean Christopher Urbanski, has been charged for the deadly knife attack on and is being investigated for a hate crime against Richard W. Collins III, a 23-year-old black Bowie State University student.

Our prayers are with the family and friends of Collins.  Additionally, however, our prayers go out for racial justice.  This has not been the only recent racially charged incident at UMD, and students are understandably devastated.

We at United Campus Ministry offer up our hearts and lives, O God, to your powerful Spirit so that we can live and serve for justice and righteousness.

As the investigation continues, we will continue to remain here for students.  We will also think critically about how to remain hopeful in such terrifying times.  Though we remember that “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10), we understandably ask questions about how to maintain faith in that idea in times such as this.

Nonetheless, Romans 10:17 reminds us that “faith comes from hearing the message,” so United Campus Ministry will continue to emphasize our hopeful message about the Grace of God in the days to come.

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

Wednesdays

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.