Spiritual Organizations on Campus

 

Campus Outreach

Campus Outreach (CO) is an evangelical Christian ministry whose mission is "glorifying God by building laborers on the college campus for the lost world." Our heart is to engage college students in learning about the Bible and what it means for their lives. We hope to help students who are Christian to grow in their faith and provide relevant opportunities for others to investigate Christianity. Additional information may be found at www.colynchburg.org.

Meetings TBA.

For more information, please contact
Evan Harris, evan.harris88@gmail.com, 757.617.8767 or Shardavia Bell shar.bell18@gmail.com, 703.298.0038.

Canterbury (Episcopal)

Staff and students pose for a photo during their service trip to Belize
LC students and staff on an alternative spring break trip to Belize

Canterbury is the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Lynchburg College. Canterbury welcomes students of all faiths or interests. Because we are Episcopalians, we will anchor our time together with regular Eucharist (communion) and aim to live out our baptismal vows as we "seek and serve Christ in all persons" and "strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being" (Book of Common Prayer).

Join us to hang out, pray, reflect, talk, eat, worship, and play. We have opportunities for visiting area churches for worship, outreach projects, Bible study, and building a community of people who seek an enduring relationship with God. Other offerings are possible over the course of the year based on the interest of the group.

Episcopal Faculty and Staff:
Price Blair (Biology)
Jeanne Booth (Counselor Education)
Deanna Cash (Education)
Matt Connelly (Campus Safety and Security)
Joe Freeman (Political Science)
Mark Furlow (Spiritual Life)
Allison Jablonski (Biology)
Brian Jablonski (Education)
Cheryl Jorgensen-Earp (Communication Studies)
Geoffrey Kershner (Theatre)
Ron Martin (Philosophy)
Agatha Rule (Communication Studies)
Francisco Pinto-Torres (Spanish)
David Richards (International Relations)
Nina Salmon (English)
Mike Santos (History)
Elza Tiner (English; Latin)

For more information, please contact
Faculty Advisor Nina Salmon '93 MEd, at salmon@lynchburg.edu or 434.544.8275 or the Rev. Mark Furlow at furlow.m@lynchburg.edu or 434.544.8351.

The Catholic Community

The Catholic Community of Lynchburg College (CCLC) provides a spiritual home for all those seeking a place to explore and deepen their relationship with God through prayer, service, and social activities. In addition to Sunday Mass and communion services, spiritual opportunities include weekly prayer groups, sacramental preparation, and retreats. Service activities include preparing meals for people who are homeless, developing our Haiti partnership, and increasing awareness of peace and justice issues. Social programs include our weekly simple supper on Sunday nights and road trips to the mountains. CCLC is open to students, faculty, staff, families, and any who find in us a community of spiritual welcome and hospitality.

Meetings TBA.

For more information, please contact
Kaky Bowden, bowden@lynchburg.edu or 434.544.8698

Disciples on Campus (DOC)

Disciples on Campus (DOC) meets weekly in the Spiritual Life Center during the academic year. DOC is open to any interested students, faculty, or staff members - you don't have to be a Disciple to join! Lynchburg College has been connected with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination since the College was founded in 1903. Many of our members participate in worship services on campus, and some even help plan the services. When they are not attending services on campus, members of DOC find spiritual expression and worship in one of the six local congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lynchburg. We hope you'll come spend some time with DOC and share some food, fun and fellowship!

Meetings TBA.

For more information, please contact
Tom Cassidy '73, cassidy.t@lynchburg.edu or 434.544.8403

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

FCA provides a fun and interesting way to make friendships and meet other athletes of every level who share your passion and desire to serve Jesus Christ. We meet Tuesday nights for fellowship, sharing, and laughter, so please come join us and make an impact on the world for Jesus!

Meetings TBA.

For more information, please contact
Courtney Williamson, staff advisor, williamson.c@lynchburg.edu or 434.544.8281. The national website for FCA is www.FCA.org.

Hillel

Jordan

"As a Jewish student I feel welcomed and encouraged to be involved in Spiritual Life as well as all other aspects of the Lynchburg College community."

Jonathan Jordan '11

LC Hillel enables students and the local college community to celebrate Jewish life on campus by providing opportunities for Jewish students to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human and encourages the pursuit of tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and Jewish learning.

At LC, Hillel sponsors campus activities such as Pizza in the Hut for Sukkot and a Hanukkah party, and educational programs including a panel on Jewish life and a very popular Passover Seder. We are supported by two Jewish communities in Lynchburg (Agudath Sholom and Chavurah Masarti) who invite students to services and events free of charge. There are many opportunities both on and off campus to participate in Hillel, and it is not necessary to be Jewish to become a member.

Hillel meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on select Friday nights at the Center for Spiritual Life, beginning on September 5, 2014.

For more information, please contact
Andrea E. Roth, Hillel Coordinator, roth.a@lynchburg.edu or 434.544.8746 or 434.661.7526
Michael Romano, Hillel President, romano_m@students.lynchburg.edu

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

InterVarsity is an interdenominational and evangelical campus ministry that focuses on Christian discipleship, fellowship, and a concern for missions. At Lynchburg College our desire is two-fold: to provide a place for Christians to come together in order to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and each other, and to provide a place where students who are interested in finding out more about God can do so at their own pace. To learn more about IVCF, please visit the national web site at www.intervarsity.org.

InterVarsity will meet on Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m in Schewel 209.

For more information, please contact
Becca Saunders, saunders.becca@gmail.com
Tom Shahady, shahady@lynchburg.edu or 434.544.8545

Lutheran

The Lutheran Group is open to all, regardless of denomination. We are people seeking to find an adult faith based on God's love and grace. Please contact Susan Williams at HTLC1000@aol.com. More information is available at the Spiritual Life Center.

The Lutheran Group meets monthly in the dining hall.

Lynchburg Christian Fellowship [lcf]

McHaney

"The sense of community and the experiences provided by [lcf] have allowed me to grow as an individual and in my spiritual journey."

Ashley McHaney '12

Lynchburg Christian Fellowship [lcf] exists to provide an intentional community of faith for students seeking to deepen their walk with Christ. Open to students of all faith traditions, [lcf] also seeks to meet the needs of students who express their faith in the Baptist tradition.

[lcf] meets weekly for a time of gathering called Home Group. Leadership of the meeting rotates and the gathering takes on the creativity of the leader.

[lcf] Journey Groups meet weekly for a time of discipleship. Each group's study is guided by its leader. Subjects include life application of scripture, accountability, scripture studies and coping with college challenges.

Home Group will meet from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at the CSL.

For more information, contact Katrina Brooks at brooks.ks@lynchburg.edu.

ONE Campus Ministry (OCM)

ONE Campus Ministry, or OCM, is a Christian group unlike any other. OCM explores the infallible word of God in a fun and interactive way and applies it to the lives of today's college students. Our mission is to connect with the community and create relationships with one another in our walk with the one true God.

Meetings TBA. All are welcome! Whether your walk with Christ is brand new or seasoned, Christian or not, anyone and everyone is welcome and accepted here.

For more information, please contact
Dalton Cooper, cooper_dl@students.lynchburg.edu
Dr. Amy Merrill Willis, merrillwillis.a@lynchburg.edu or 434.544.8268

Quaker Meeting

Share in the hospitality of Quaker Meeting worship, Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the living room of the Spiritual Life Center. The meeting is "unprogrammed" with silent worship. Worshipers wait with patience and openness for an understanding of the Friends meeting and enjoy a simple meal following meeting.

To learn more about Quakerism, visit www.quakerinfo.com or www.fgcquaker.org.

For more information, please contact
Heidi Koring, Koring@lynchburg.edu or 434.544.8419

ReJOYce in Jesus Campus Fellowship

Elmore

"Being a part of this spiritual group [ReJOYce in Jesus] has helped me maintain a close relationship with God, which is very important to me."

 

Whitley Elmore '12

Our primary purpose is to help students to get to know Jesus Christ in a more intimate way and to be better equipped for His use through biblical instruction, discipleship, and practical service. As a campus organization we are affiliated with ReJOYce in Jesus Ministries Inc., a nationwide campus ministry that is based in Los Angeles, California.

RJCF has incorporated the performing arts as an innovative tool to communicate the gospel. We utilize drama, contemporary dance, and song to help share the love of Jesus Christ with students in a relatable way.

There are a number of opportunities for involvement in RJCF, including monthly small-group Bible studies, semester kick-offs, and many other events, including off-campus outings such as bowling, skating, picnics, and trips to a local ice cream parlor. We also do monthly community service.

For more information, please contact
Kimberly McIvor, mcivort@verizon.net

Sangha (Buddhist)

Sangha is a community focused on the teachings of Buddha. The sangha functions as a welcoming haven for people of all faiths, genders, sexual orientations, races, political affiliations, and socio-economic classes.

Sangha will:

  • Educate LC students, faculty, and staff about different cultures related to and/or connected with Buddhism
  • Inform students about the philosophy of Buddhism
  • Foster the Buddhist objective of interconnectedness
  • Promote meditation and chanting to help students, faculty, and staff deal with everyday stress


Meditation meeting times TBA.

For more information, please contact
Faculty Advisor Jeremy Bryant, bryant.j@lynchburg.edu.

UKirk Ministries (Presbyterian Church USA)

UKirk at LC is a place for question-askers and faith-seekers. A place for big hearts and open minds. Join us for a meal, for conversation, for worship, for a moment of grace.

Begin your journey with us or take it a step further in the company of friends. All are welcome.

UKirk is a campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).

For more information, please contact
Dr. Amy Merrill Willis, merrillwillis.a@lynchburg.edu
Dr. Robin Bates, bates.r@lynchburg.edu

United Methodist Student Fellowship

The Lynchburg College United Methodist Students Fellowship welcomes everyone as a child of God to participate as a community to know God through his son Jesus Christ. We share the love of God through spiritual growth and development, service to others, and fellowship.

LC's United Methodist Student Fellowship's objectives are to: proclaim and celebrate the Good News of Jesus Christ, help people discover and respond to God's call in their lives, provide opportunities for people to understand and experience Christian Community, nurture people in their spiritual journeys, equip the whole people of God for ministry in the world, and help people demonstrate God's love through acts of justice and mercy.

Check out these Methodist web sites!
http://www.vaumc.org/
http://www.umcmission.org

For more information, please sign up for the United Methodist campus email by emailing Jill Farley '99 MBA at farley@lynchburg.edu.