Letter from Susan Rose, Campus Minister
Our student ministry this last year reached over 100 individual students coming through our doors, attending Monday Lunch, Scone Tuesdays, Thursday Dinner & Discussion or just hanging out and studying. We graduated 17 students this Spring, 3 of whom are attending seminary this Fall. We raised over $5,000 for our second annual Bike-a-thon fundraiser. A Synod grant this Spring allowed UCM to partner with a church to place a student as a summer intern, expanding their “hands-on” experience in congregational ministry. And we just received the news that the Lilly Endowment awarded UCM a Sustainability Grant for our Leadership Initiative program. This is our second Lilly grant, extending our first grant awarded through the Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation Initiative (CMTEV.org) from the Lilly Endowment.
When I started as the Campus Minister of UCM almost 10 years ago, people were asking, “Do students even want to participate in campus ministry?” I think we can answer that question definitively now: YES! We are truly living out UCM’s mission statement “to engage, equip and empower leaders for the church and the world.” So, it is with sadness that I share with you that this fall semester will be my last as the Campus Minister of UCM. I love our students and this ministry, and I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. My husband and I will be relocating to Florida in January 2019 to be closer to family.
Campus ministry serves a unique time and place in a college student’s life and faith formation. We don’t plan to slow down in the least during this transition. We are busy welcoming the incoming Class of 2022, designing studies for Dinner & Discussion, and planning for the fall Leadership Initiative Interns. I hope that you will continue to enthusiastically support the mission and ministry of United Campus Ministry!