March 19, 2018

March 19, 2018

Center for Campus Ministry E-News: March 19, 2018

What's News in Center for Campus Ministry this Week?

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Center for Campus Ministry E-News: March 19, 2018



On behalf of the entire staff of the Center for Campus Ministry, good luck on your midterms this week. If you are travelling over Spring Break whether it's for a VISION trip, another type of service project or just going home, have a safe and healthy trip. If you will be on or near campus we will have a full schedule of services for Holy Week and the Triduum, please consider joining us.

There will be no newsletter next week but we will resume the first week of April.

From Our Chaplain

Fr. Larry Blake

Three weeks ago this office co-sponsored the Interfaith Storytelling event in McNeely Hall.  The event posed the question:  "Can I learn something of spiritual value from people who believe differently than I do"?  While the obvious answer, especially in an academic setting might seem to be "yes", many of us resist the opportunity to engage with others of varying faith traditions.  We are simply more comfortable speaking with people who share a common faith language.  Yet if we completely avoid the opportunity to engage with others across faith traditions we will be the poorer for it.

Nearly ten years ago theologian Paul Knitter authored the book, Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian based upon his years of encountering Buddhism.  In it, as some readers wondered, he does not argue that Christianity and Buddhism are the same faith. Rather, he says "Buddhism has helped me take another and deeper look at what I believe as a Christian." This should be the positive result of engaging those of other faiths or even those of no faith.

One of the presenters at the weekend conference was Chris Stedman, who five years ago wrote and published, Faitheist: How an Atheist found Common Ground with the Religious. Stedman's excellent lunch time presentation focused on his personal journey toward the discovery that the religious and non-religious could work together to promote the Common Good. 

So rather than seeking shelter from the wind of religious diversity, I encourage you to look for opportunities to engage with those of differing faith views, or non-faith; the Catholic with Pentecostals, the Evangelicals with high-church Anglicans, the Sunni with Shia and Sufi, the devout Christian with a Buddhist, the Orthodox Jew with a Baptist.  We will all be better for it.

Observing Good Friday vs. Opening Day:

"In some years, Good Friday occurs on the same day major league baseball teams have their "opening day" celebrations with games usually starting at 3:05 p.m.  While everyone else is heading to the stands, eager for hot dogs and home runs, all those Catholics are walking quietly towards churches.  Why??  Because at three o'clock on a Friday, on a hillside called Calvary, the Savior of the world took his last breath. All for love of us. "It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had said this he breathed his last." (Luke 23:44-46) At 3p.m. on Good Friday, we take the time to reflect on what Christ has done for us, not only by fasting, but also by the various devotions that our churches offer: veneration of the cross, the reading of the Passion and the Stations of the Cross. On Good Friday, we spend our afternoon walking with Christ to Calvary, immersed in his love and mercy... and that beats any baseball game, any time." (, "Six Ways to Evangelize During Lent")


Tommie Disciple Tuesday

Come join us this upcoming Tuesday March 20.

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Come join other Christians as we gather under one name for prayer, worship, and fellowship.

Tuesday March 20th, at 8:00pm in Woulfe Alumni Hall.‌





Fifth Annual Christian Unity Lecture
The New Evangelization:  Why Bother?

Wednesday April 11   7:30pm   JRC 126

Join us for the fifth Annual Christian Unity Lecture sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, The St. Paul Seminary, and the Office for Spirituality.  Dr. Ralph Martin is President of Renewal Ministries and Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He will speak about the importance of the New Evangelization and the ecumenical movement.   Learn more about the work Dr. Martin is involved in at  All are welcome!



Dougherty Family College students shared in the dedication of the Meditation Prayer Room in Minneapolis on Monday, March 12. This space is open to anyone who would like to find some peace and quiet for prayer or meditation.


Join the Catholic Studies community for our annual talent show! Share your gifts and creativity in a performance, or simply come with your friends and family to enjoy an evening of fun and laughter! Submit acts to Alejandra Chavez ( by Friday, March 23. 



encounter Christ 2018

Franciscan Mission Service's post-graduate service programs 

 Please see below for specific information about our international and U.S.-based opportunities.

 Overseas Lay Mission Program

In the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare, our Catholic lay missioners serve for two or more years in a variety of ministries in solidarity with economically poor and oppressed communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our mission sites this year include Bolivia, Guatemala, and Jamaica. Check out and share this video, "Emily's Mission," which offers more information about the FMS approach to mission, namely our focus on ministry of presence.

Helpful links for students:

DC Service Corps (DCSC)

 The DC Service Corps Program offers young-adult Catholics the opportunity to work directly with marginalized populations through organizations that meet specific community needs or to work at FMS headquarters providing critical support for overseas and domestic programs.  In the community, volunteers may assist with youth outreach, education, support for people experiencing homelessness, and refugee services.  At FMS headquarters, volunteers undertake projects in communications, lay mission formation, recruitment, communications, event planning, and development.  All DCSC volunteers participate in weekly professional/leadership development, monthly spiritual direction, and bi-annual retreats. This transformative experience is enriched by an intentional living community with fellow volunteers that includes sharing meals, prayer, and fellowship.

Helpful links for students:

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 Want to speak with someone in our office?

If you have any specific questions about either of our programs, please feel free to email or call Rose Urankar, at 202-832-1762, ext. 8  As a current volunteer with our DC Service Corps, I can respond to any questions you may have about our programs. We will also host an informational webinar on Thursday, February 15 at 1pm EST to provide an overview of our programs.  Call-in information -- via Zoom -- is available via the RSVP link.

Internship Opportunity at First Baptist Church - Minneapolis

We will be recruiting five interns at First Baptist Church - Minneapolis, each will be paid, each will serve in a different ministry role and each will start in August. We are hoping to create a cohort of sorts among the interns, and Pastor Jeremy Adelman will be providing the primary direction for the overall internship program, with more specific direction from the appropriate pastor for each given ministry area. Each week, Jeremy will meet with all the interns together for some ongoing training and development, in addition to the experience they will get from the ministry they do. Applicants may apply here.