Collegiate Ministries

Go and build kinder, more compassionate communities

Nearly 1,000 college-aged students and their UKirk pastors and leaders began the new year together at the annual College Conference held last month at the Montreat Conference Center in Monreat, N.C.

Working on our blind spots

Catey Gans, a junior studying public health at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., said the 2019 College Conference at Montreat “was all about compassion” and helped students “focus on their blind spots.”

‘We weren’t arrested — we were rescued’

By simply sharing their heartrending personal stories Friday night, two inmates at the nearby Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women hit just the right note near the close of the 2019 College Conference at Montreat.

Bread, oil and resurrection

Touching once again on the theme of a God who draws the circle wider than we might expect or be comfortable with, the Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle on Thursday took worshipers attending the 2019 College Conference at Montreat through the 1 Kings 17 account of Elijah, the widow of Zarephath (Queen Jezebel’s hometown) — and the widow’s son, whom God through the prophet restores to life.

The early 20s — the perfect age for leadership

Eboo Patel, an interfaith leader in his own right, told the 1,000 or so Presbyterian students attending the 2019 College Conference at Montreat Thursday stories of how his friends, colleagues and mentors are using innovation and chutzpah to bridge religious divides and even save lives when government can’t.

Giving God a divine shout-out and a high five

When we see the world through the eyes of love, compassion and mercy – the way the Good Samaritan did – it’s like giving God a divine shout-out and a high five.

Montreat College Conference calls students ‘home’

With ‘Home’ as its theme, the 2018 Montreat College Conference concluded last week urging students and their ministry leaders to consider the many ways the word ‘home’ impacts their lives. “What makes a place home? What does it mean to leave home?

New Madison, Wisc., young adult ministry to debut in 2018

Not unlike many urban centers around the nation, Madison, Wisconsin is undergoing what can only be called a renaissance. Lured by work in the healthcare technology and other industries, hundreds of young adults are pouring into the downtown area to work and live in the transformed environment of housing, shopping and recreation.