Campus Ministry: Finding Meaning and Purpose in Higher EducationForum for Theological Exploration FTE Leaders

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The campus minister’s role in vocational discernment is to accompany students on their spiritual journeys. In Campus Ministry: Finding Meaning and Purpose in Higher Education, FTE Senior Director of Learning Design Patrick Reyes, compiles and edits contributions from leaders who represent theological, ecclesial, racial-ethnic, and gender diversities in campus ministry.

With discernment practices and essays that explore the importance of creating physical and psychological safety for students to explore ministry, to excerpts from the Sound of the Genuine podcast highlighting the vocational journey of faith leaders, this is an important resource to help a new generation of college students discern their call to ministry.

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PRAISE FOR CAMPUS MINISTRY

“These essays speak to the distinct call that campus ministries and spiritual care leaders on college must lean into as they assist young adults in navigating paths of self-discovery and discernment. This will be the starting point for all future discussions of vocational discernment…”

Rev. D’ana Downing
Assistant University Chaplain, Northwestern University

PRAISE FOR CAMPUS MINISTRY

“Having lived it, I'm surprised I never reflected on how academic majors approach faith formation with such different mindsets. This literature beautifully articulates themes in the college student's faith journey through our different personalities, interests, and backgrounds.”

Michael Ehlert
Purdue Campus Ministry Alumni

Contributor

Susan Mercer is Director, Campus Pastor, and Spiritual Director for WesleyKU at Westwood House, the United Methodist Campus Ministry at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. While volunteering in campus ministry, Susan developed the Lilly Endowment CMTEV Impact Intern Program. Five years ago, she left her university research administrator career to re-start WesleyKU around the CMTEV Program. An alum of the prestigious Shalem Institute’s Spiritual Guidance and Group and Retreat Leadership Programs, the Leadership Education at Duke Divinity Foundations for Christian Leadership Program, and the United Methodist Upper Room Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation, Susan is passionate about cultivating and empowering the next generation of Christian leaders for the church and world. Susan is completing her MDiv at Drew University Theological School. She holds an MBA from William Woods University and a BA in music from Culver-Stockton College.


PRAISE FOR CAMPUS MINISTRY

“This book is a helpful instrument. It provides, not only recommendations on how students can find the strength and grace to live out their baptismal vocation, but asks insightful questions. I highly recommend this book to everyone who has a heartfelt desire to accept their vocation to be an instrument of God’s joy and peace and love by helping students to realize that “everything will be okay.”

Msgr. John J. Bendik

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Christy Yates graduated from the University of Virginia and then received her MA in Applied Theology and the Arts from Regent College in Vancouver, BC. At Theological Horizons, she directs the Horizons & Perkins Fellows programs as well as coordinates student and community engagement. She lives just outside Charlottesville with her husband Chris, a writer and philosopher, their four children, flock of hens and rescue dog. Christy is also a visual artist: www.christenyates.com.

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Brandon Harris serves as the 10th Settled Senior Minister of the Peoples Congregational Church, UCC in Washington D.C. He additionally serves as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. Brandon obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religion at The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Masters of Divinity with certificates in Black Church Studies and Baptist Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Brandon was licensed and ordained at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. He also holds dual standing as a Minister in the Potomac Association of the United Church of Christ.Prior to his current ministry, Brandon served as the Protestant Chaplain at Georgetown University. Committed to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, he was a Fellow of the Campus Chaplaincy for a Multifaith World sponsored by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and a State of Formation Fellow of Hebrew College and Boston University.

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Dr. Susan S. Phillips, a sociologist and spiritual director, is the Executive Director of New College Berkeley and teaches regularly for New College Berkeley, Regent College (Canada) and the Graduate Theological Union. Her books include “Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction” and “The Cultivated Life: From Ceaseless Striving to Receiving Joy.”

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Dee Bernhardt serves as the Director of Campus Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue. Dee holds an MS in Religious Education (Marywood University) and an MA in Christian Spirituality (Creighton University), with certifications in spiritual direction (Creighton University) and professional campus ministry (Catholic Campus Ministry Association/USCCB). Dee provided professional support to national, regional, state, local community and university committees and organizations. Her tenure includes campus ministry at Newman centers, ecumenical centers, university parishes and one Catholic college in the areas of spiritual formation, teaching faculty, leadership development and community outreach. Dee has been recognized for outstanding national leadership by CCMA with the Charles Forsyth award and co-authored Good News Day by Day Bible Reflections for Older Teens, St. Mary’s Press.

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Melissa James, earned her Masters of Arts from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC) with a focus was on faith and justice. Melissa holds a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate theological Union in Berkeley, CA. While working on her doctorate, she served at First Unitarian Universalist in Oakland, CA and got her first taste of the power and possibilities of religious education in a Unitarian Universalist context. She went on to serve at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego as the Director of Family and Lifespan Ministry. In 2016, she was named as a Fahs Fellow through the Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Seminary focusing on helping congregations support Trans and non-binary children, youth, and their families. Having worked in campus ministry as well as continuing to teach at local universities in sociology, religion, philosophy, and gender studies, Melissa lifts up the work of young adults.

PRAISE FOR CAMPUS MINISTRY

Who am I? What is my purpose? For young adults, the questions around vocation are some of the most exciting and overwhelming. This book is a beautiful sharing of the stories of how those questions came alive through campus ministries.”

Nicole M. Perone
National Coordinator, ESTEEM, Chair of the Board of Members,
National Institute for Ministry with Young Adults