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from St Anselms Chapel Center @ USF

Campus Ministry Resources

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   Best Practices

 

A Guidebook of Promising Practices: Facilitating College Students’ Spiritual Development

This best practices guidebook, found on Faith Formation Learning Exchange , grew out of a national study of students’ spiritual lives at UCLA and reported in Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives. In this guidebook colleges submitted examples of promising practices in spiritual development with college students: undergraduate degree programs, majors, and minors to specialized courses and seminars dealing with many of the “big questions,” which touch on issues of morality, love, suffering, social justice, and social transformation.

When Faith Goes to College . .

This article is an introduction to a recently published collection of essays, Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College. The volume is a collection of twenty-one essays written by college students, or recent college graduates, reflecting on their experiences of faith and college.

 

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    Intentional Communities

 

Intentional Christian Communities

Could congregations seeking to engage young adults take part in a growing movement of campus-based intentional communities? asks a research fellow to The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE).  This article posted in Faith & Leadership also appears in Faith Formation Learning Exchange.

 

The Community of St Anselm

The Community of St Anselm is being established by the Archbishop of Canterbury to draw young Christians aged 20-35 from all over the world together for one year of prayer, theological reflection and service in local communities. The community will be based at Lambeth Palace, the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury in London.  Related articles about this project can be found here:

Interview_ Anders Litzell Prior, Community of St Anselm, Lambeth Palace

The young nuns_ Justin Welby invites young people to live monastic life at Lambeth Palace _ Christian News on Christian Today

See also:

Way of Life _ The Community of St Anselm

Customary _ The Community of St Anselm

 

Columba House, Savannah Georgia

Columba House is a community of sisters and brothers living a compassionate and hopeful expression of God’s love and justice. Columba House is a radically inclusive, welcoming hospitality space dedicated to building and sustaining a community of faith committed to social justice with young adults, college students, and creative demographic. Columba House will be the epicenter for Episcopal young adult ministry with frequent meals, fellowship, discussion circles, and community events. All are welcome regardless of faith background.

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Tools for Healthy Communities

This article comes from the Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices and was written by a member of The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE).  Though it is not written specifically for young adult communities, it is a brief and practical introduction to living in covenant with others.

 

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    Peer Ministry 

 

Peer ministers serve in leadership positions in campus ministry and are invaluable liaisons with the student population.  The following are examples of application forms, job descriptions, and training resources:

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Columbia, SC) includes a peer ministry overview, job description, and application form.

Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Campus Ministry posts a guide to mentors/peer ministers and a proposed reading list.

 

 

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