Making a Difference

Read what current and former students and faculty have said about United Campus Ministry’s impact in their lives.

Being a part of UCM was a great experience. I had a place to go and relax, and have meaningful discussions with good people. Even after graduation I still keep in touch with my UCM friends. I also discovered a lot about myself and others through an interfaith dialogue that UCM hosted, as well as sermons and discussions put on by UCM.   It is a warm and loving community of people, and I recommend UCM to one and all.

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Jimmy Booth, UMD Class of 2012

Holly Ulmer has been an incredible resource for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and for the campus as a whole. As a seasoned veteran in the Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue Program, Holly has facilitated dialogue for over 12 years, connecting with hundreds of students in a thoughtful, structured and ongoing way. Because interfaith and interfaith/secular dialogues regularly touch upon the most sensitive of issues (including the way someone sees and understands the world), it is imperative that facilitators come with a high degree of finely honed skills. In addition to Holly’s excellent facilitation, she also brings a wealth of religious knowledge into the class that would otherwise not be as available to inform the conversations students are having. I know of no other colleague I would trust with this kind of course than Holly, because she has proven her worth to our campus time and again, year after year. We are deeply grateful for her willingness to serve in this capacity and appreciate the support she receives from her own denominations as she reaches out to students on our campus.

Mark Brimhall-Vargas, PhD, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, University of Maryland

I started attending UCM in fall 2007. Back then, I was not sure on how to work on my relationship with Christ, but UCM really helped. This ministry and its congregation accepted me with open arms, and I cannot thank it enough for all it has done for me.

I have had the opportunity to work as a peer minister, go on mission trips, help my local community, and my national community. UCM gave me the opportunity to not only connect with others in like faith, but many other members of the University body.

From UCM, I have developed life-long friendships (including my fiancé), and I am thankful for the role that Rev. Ulmer and the rest of the members from UCM have played in my life, and for the opportunities I have to contribute to the ministry.

 

Monique L. Robinson, Doctoral Student/Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Kansas, UCM Peer Minister and UMD Class of 2010