Student Groups and Programs

From small group gatherings to large events, Gustavus students gather in a variety of settings to participate in a wide range of different activities as they explore their faith and spirituality together with their peers. 

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United Christian Ministries

United brings together the leaders of all the Christian organizations on campus to foster Christian unity on campus. Its signature ministries include Vespers, Explore Faith, United in Christ Week, and Leadership Development Retreats. For more information, contact Zach Croonquist at zcroonqu@gustavus.edu 

Cru—Thursdays, 8:30 pm (The Dive)

Cru is an interdenominational Christian community and bible study. All are welcome! For more information, contact Sarah Claessens at sclaesse@gustavus.edu 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)—Mondays, 10 am (Lund in gathering space outside of Hockey Arena)

The mission of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is to touch millions of lives... one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes in all levels of competition to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. Our campus chapter meets for Monday Motivator, a time for learning and fellowship each week. For more information, contact Carrie Rosenberg at crosenbe@gustavus.edu

Gustavus Youth Outreach (GYO)—Sundays, 5 pm (The Dive)

Gustavus Youth Outreach is committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and providing opportunities for Gustavus students to serve God by participating in off-campus Christian Youth Ministry. Outreach teams travel throughout the area, working in cooperation with churches or youth groups, to present youth events such as lock-ins, special youth evenings, leadership sessions, Sunday services, or other events that churches request. Bookings include worship, songs, games, Bible study, discussion groups, skits/drama/clowning, and just about anything else teams creatively dream up. If you love God, spending time with kids (elementary through high school), and having a ton of fun, then GYO might be for you! For more information, contact Matt Ouren at mouren@gustavus.edu 

Newman Center—Sundays, 9:45 am (Three Flags)

The Newman Center is a group of students dedicated to building a deeper understanding of the Roman Catholic faith. Activities include fellowship events, campus-wide prayer services and masses, car pools to mass at the Church of St. Peter, and work with the St. Peter Catholic youth group. The Newman Center is a place to pray, talk, read, and find information on Catholicism, religious issues, and group events. For more information, contact Logan Morrey at lmorrey@gustavus.edu

Prepare Ministries—Wednesdays, 7:30 pm (Konferensrum)

Prepare Ministries is an interdenominational Christian campus ministry called to build this new generation of believers to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. We are committed to courageously and compassionately building foundations of truth by facilitating life-on-life mentoring relationships, regularly sponsoring global mission trips and holding campus meetings that incorporate worship, Bible study, teaching, prayer, ministry and fellowship. For more information, contact Nicole Willis at nwillis@gustavus.edu 

Proclaim—Tuesday, 9–10 pm (Alumni Hall)

Proclaim is a student-run, inter-denominational Christian worship service that focuses on praising God through contemporary worship, skits, fellowship and other various activities that help build a close community of Jesus’ followers. Short messages are also part of the service, and are given by students, faculty, staff and other guests. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! For more information, contact Mykaela Otto at motto@gustavus.edu

 

Sunday Worshiping Community—Sunday, 6:30 pm (Christ Chapel)

Our Sunday evening worship is a contemplative place to bring all of yourself and experience God in community. Sing together in candlelight, pray, hear a message, and feel the presence of Christ through holy communion.

The Sunday Worshiping Community leadership team helps plan and lead Sunday worship in Christ Chapel. For more information, contact Rachel Larson at rlarso12@gustavus.edu 

Small Groups-- Beginning October 2018

Join with other students to explore faith questions in small group settings. For more information, contact Rachel Larson at rlarso12@gustavus.edu 

Earth Spirituality
A small discussion community engaging both embodied outdoor spiritual experience and conversation on earth-related spiritual perspectives. Grounded in Christianity, the discussion community will draw from and explore a variety of religious and philosophical backgrounds to grow in personal creation affinity and spiritual respect.
Time and location TBD 
Alex Theship-Rosales atheship@gustavus.edu Mykaela Otto motto@gustavus.edu
 
Feminist Bible Study
Feminism and Christian faith go together! In this group, we read and discuss stories about women in the Bible through a feminist Christian lens.This group is for people who identify as womyn and are interested in exploring the intersection between Christian faith and feminism in their own life. 
Mondays 6:30-7:30, Womyn's Awareness Center
Chaplain Siri Erickson sericks5@gustavus.edu
 
Faith and Science
Faith and science go together! In this group, we read and discuss theological approaches to the integration of faith and science in Christian life and work. This group is for anyone who has an interest in the questions that arise at the intersection of faith, science, and vocation.
Time and location TBD
Chaplain Siri Erickson sericks5@gustavus.edu
 
Staying Strong in a Hostile World
Based off of the book of Daniel, this group focuses on how Christians can stand firm in faith and stay strong even when the world is pressing down on us. This group may also incorporate some work in peace studies to compliment conversations.
Time and location TBD
Mallory Arnold marnold3@gustavus.edu
 
Bible Journaling
Bible journaling is a way of connecting artistic expression and creativity to reading scripture-- but you don't need to consider yourself an artist to participate! All materials provided.
Thursdays 6:30-7:30, location TBD
Chaplain Maggie Falenschek mfalenschek@gustavus.edu 
 
Queer Christianity and Theology
The group will focus on discussion using resources, personal experiences, and various translations of the Bible to explore how queer people and their allies can identify with the Bible and its messages. This group and experience will be shaped by its members, a collaborative effort for us to have an honest dialogue about what it means to connect sexuality with Christianity.
Time and location TBD
Rachel Larson rlarso@gustavus.edu 

Christ Chapel Ministers

Christ Chapel ministers are students who assist in the ministry of Christ Chapel by ushering, assiting, carrying the cross and candles, reading lessons, writing and/or reading prayers, and serving as music ministers. If interested, please contact Chaplain Maggie Falenschek at mfalenschek@gustavus.edu.

Community-Based Service

There are a myriad of one-time and on-going service programs with which to become involved at Gustavus. Stop by the CBSL in Johnson Student Union to learn more about the service, social justice and civic engagement opportunities available in this area!

Gustavus Interfaith Forum (GIF)—Wednesdays, 7-8 pm (Bonnnier Multifaith Center)

This group will explore ways that students, faculty and staff from different faith traditions can learn from and support one another. Outreach, education, communication, partnership, and mutual respect are the foundations of our work. For more information, contact Anna Duong-Topp at aduongto@gustavus.edu. 

Gustavus Meditation—Tuesdays, 7–8 pm (Bonnnier Multifaith Center)

Gustavus Meditation is the perfect study break and time to wind down from the busy day to clear your mind. Meditation is led by Prof. John Cha and is followed by discussion. The purpose of this organization is to provide a weekly meditation classes for the entire Gustavus campus. This organization also holds an annual Buddhist Vesak Festival. For more information, contact Jennie Ware at jware2@gustavus.edu 

Muslim Student Association (MSA)—Thursdays, 7 pm (Location Varies)

The Muslim Student Association is a place for Muslim students to come together regardless of where they stand with their faith. The group is also open to non-Muslims. It is a support group and it is a group that educates the Gustavus community while at the same time educating ourselves. It is a place where people can feel welcome without any judgment. For more information, contact Suleman Asif at sasif@gustavus.edu