Albion College has a number of student organizations active in religious, spiritual, and philosophical life. All students are welcome in all organizations. The Office of the Chaplain actively supports the work and life of each organization, as well as bringing them together for Albion College Chapel and The Bridge. For more information on specific groups, ecumenical outreach, and interfaith initiatives, contact the Office of the Chaplain online (x0492).
For more information on student organizations in general, visit the Campus Programs and Organizations Web site.
Athletes in Action
Athletes in Action at Albion College exists to reach student athletes for Jesus Christ through the influences of sports. This is accomplished through small group Bible studies, discipleship, summer opportunities and a conference. Athletes in Action is an offshoot of Campus Crusade for Christ.
Campus Crusade for Christ
Campus Crusade for Christ is an international, interdenominational Christian ministry dedicated to turning spiritually lost students into Christ-centered laborers. Primarily focus on discipleship and fellowship. There are many different Bible studies, and a weekly main meeting. Also, there are several opportunities to attend various retreats, conferences, and concerts.
Catholic Connections is the Catholic group on campus dedicated to spreading the Catholic teaching to classmates, while growing deeper in faith. Rides are provided to Mass at St. John Church every Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and have a weekly Meeting/Bible Study/Fellowship night on campus. Some years, Catholic Connections organizes a retreat. During Lent members help out at Fish Fries at St. John. In the past, the group has also helped with a Theology on Tap at Cascarelli's during the spring semester.
Albion College Hillel offers a voice to the Jewish students on campus to improve awareness about cultural issues such as anti-Semitism. It gives Jewish students and faculty an opportunity to observe holiday traditions, as well as giving non-Jewish members of the community the chance to learn more about the Jewish culture.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is an interdenominational group whose purpose is to build student-led collegiate fellowships that are committed to evangelism, discipleship, engagement of the campus in all its diversity, and the world mission of the church in obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The chapter is affiliated with the international IVCF, and participates in a number of conferences and training events. There are large group meetings, smaller Bible studies in every residence hall, regular prayer meetings, and various social events. Everyone is welcome to participate in any activity.
Muslim Student Association
Muslim Student Association is a support network for Muslims on Albion College's campus, and is affiliated with the national Muslim Student Association. The group provides programs that teach about Islam and the Islamic culture. These range from special dinners to religious observances.
Secular Humanist Group
The Secular Humanist Group serves as an open forum and support group for students who are nonreligious. The group helps students develop ideas and skills for their future in a religious society and emphasizes making life meaningful by helping others and building long-lasting friendships. The group is affiliated with the Center for Inquiry - Michigan, part of a national network for nonbelievers.
United Voices of Albion College (UVAC)
UVAC is an organization that stands on the foundation of Christian unity, diversity, knowledge, and leadership. UVAC exemplifies African-American heritage through gospel music. The group's main event, United Voices in Praise, is a concert each year involving students and the community. Student leaders in UVAC direct and manage rehearsals, and produce the gospel concerts. UVAC welcomes students of all backgrounds.
Wesley Fellowship is a welcoming group that strives to connect students to real relationships with God, each other, and the rest of the world. Operating out of a Christian framework but a group for all students who want to grow spiritually, Wesley Fellowship discusses ideas and concerns, and serves others. While historically United Methodist, Wesley welcomes all students interested in faith and celebrates the diversity that is to be found in Albion. Weekly meetings consist of some kind of activity (ultimate, Cranium etc.), reflection, and discussion over a meal, interspersed service and cultural events. The group is supported by the local First United Methodist Church of Albion.
Resources for Personal Growth
Tips for Individual Spiritual Practice
The Office of the Chaplain offers one-page "tips" for spiritual practice in a variety of traditions. Most of these ideas can be practiced alone; a few require participation in a group. Students are welcome to stop by the Office of the Chaplain to pick up one-page "tips" on any of the following traditions:
- Spiritual but Not Religious
Many students seek to integrate meditation into their life. There are a number of ways on campus to find help in this:
- Yoga Class. Taking this for-credit course is one of the most accessible ways to learn to meditate.
- Buddhist Sitting Group. Beginning in the fall 2010 semester, this group will be focused on Buddhist traditions of meditation.
- Counseling Services. Many of the counselors on staff can help resource individuals interested in meditation.
- Idiot's Guide to Meditation is available in the Boyd Meditation Chapel, along with other how-to literature (e.g., Zen).
Bible Studies and Prayer Groups
Many Christian groups on campus host Bible studies and prayer groups, using a wide variety of curriculum. For more information, please contact the Office of the Chaplain if you are interested in learning more, attending, or leading a study/prayer group.
Many students find support for their spiritual growth through counseling sessions at Counseling Services. To learn more, call their office at x0236.
Meet with the Chaplain
Many students find support for their spiritual growth, as well as prayer and pastoral presence, through meeting with the College Chaplain. To learn more, call the office at x0492.