Faith in Transition
Being a Christian in College
Saturday-Sunday, November 9-10, 2013
United Methodist youth are invited to Albion College for an overnight retreat to experience and inspire Christian living in a college setting. The program will run from noon Saturday to noon Sunday and involve a Bible Study, opportunity to get to know our Christian Living Community students and other Christians on campus, have discussions about Christian living in a college environment, and discover how Albion College students live out their Christian faith.
Youth will stay overnight in the residence halls of some of our Christian student leaders. This is part of the experience of the program.
This program is free, including lodging and all meals and snacks. Youth are not required to bring money to participate. All we ask is that youth/youth groups have their own transportation to/from Albion College.
Registration is on a first-come, first-registered basis, with limited spaces available. Youth must return a completed registration form, signed by her/him as well as a parent/guardian. We encourage early registration, and our final deadline is November 4, 2013.
For more information on the retreat or registration, you may contact us in one of three ways:
- Call the Office of the Chaplain, Albion College (517-629-0492).
Youth groups are welcome, but we need at least an estimate of numbers.
Concurrent Adult Session
Albion College Chapel
Student-led Christian worship at Albion College Chapel takes place every Wednesday night of the academic year at 9:00 p.m. in the Kellogg Center "Stack" (second floor). Each week, the Christian body on campus gathers in unity. While the music is primarily contemporary Christian, students keep many traditional aspects (e.g., Benediction, hymns, prayers) and weave together different musical genres (e.g., Gospel, praise songs from different countries). This is a uniquely Albion College phenomenon. It is a tremendous expression of Christian unity on campus and in the world. Leadership for Chapel is drawn from all Christian groups and Christian traditions. For students on the leadership team, Chapel is a great opportunity to develop ministry skills and discern calling. Albion College Chapel is a student-led program, sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain. All members of the Albion College community are welcome to attend and participate.
Each year for the past twelve years, Asian Awareness Group (AAG) hosts a campus celebration of Diwali, supported by the Office of the Chaplain and the Office of Intercultural Affairs. This is normally held in November.
Lessons and Carols
One of Albion College's most beloved traditions, the Music Department sponsors "A Service of Lessons and Carols" once per year during Advent. This is a wonderful celebration of sacred vocal music, and for many, a deeply meaningful Christian worship experience. The public and all members of the Albion College community are welcome. Free.
Catholic Mass takes place on campus once per month. The Office of the Chaplain advertises this monthly. Father Joseph Gray of St. John Catholic Church (Albion) officiates. Open to the entire campus community.
On Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m., the Catholic Connections student organization provides a ride service to/from the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. John Catholic Church (1020 Irwin Ave., Albion). All students are welcome.
Albion College Hillel organizes programs throughout the academic year for campus to observe Jewish holidays and raise awareness of Jewish tradition. The Office of the Chaplain and Office of Intercultural Affairs provides support.
The College Chaplain coordinates interfaith life on Albion College's campus, by training, supervising, and supporting student leaders.
The Bridge is an interfaith advisory team of the Office of the Chaplain. The Bridge advises the College Chaplain, actively supports members (and their student organizations) in individual religious, spiritual, and philosophical traditions, and helps to create and lead interfaith opportunities for campus. The group takes a leadership role in addressing discrimination.
The Bridge seeks to be a representative body, and will include as much diversity of religious, spiritual, and philosophical traditions as possible. Due to schedule conflicts or lack of sufficient numbers available from certain traditions, full representation is not always possible. In these cases, members of The Bridge will create liaisons with traditions not at the table.
Bridge members are involved at a regional, national, and international level in interfaith leadership.
Visiting Churches, Temples, and Mosques
The Office of the Chaplain maintains strong relations with most religious, spiritual, and philosophical communities in the area and in the region. The Bridge helps the Office of the Chaplain to facilitate visits to a variety of communities each academic year. The Office of the Chaplain can assist individuals and groups in planning a visit, as well as providing resources for preparing for the visit in terms of etiquette.
Heritage Weeks and Months
The Office of Intercultural Affairs coordinates Albion College's celebration of Latino/Latina Heritage Month, Coming Out Week, Black History Month, and Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and other awareness celebrations. The Anna Howard Shaw Women's Center coordinates Women's History Month. The Office of the Chaplain (including Bridge and Chapel) as well as student organizations often sponsor programs during these heritage weeks and months that have a religious, spiritual, or philosophical theme.
Now in its tenth year, the Interfaith Supper program consists of the Bridge (Office of the Chaplain) serving home-made dinners at the Umbrella House, giving a relaxed opportunity for students to dialogue with unique guests from various traditions. While most Bridge meetings are private, these suppers are usually open to campus and sometimes to the public.
Umbrella groups, supported by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Office of the Chaplain, regularly sponsor programs with significant religious and/or philosophical themes.