During times of uncertainty, many people often cling to religion as a way to guide them through their troubles. As we move into our third week on campus, there is still plenty of uncertainty and unrest as students try to adjust to the new normal and face the tragedies that seem to be non-stop in society.
The Shippensburg University community feels a lack of balance and stability right now, but many college students would not necessarily think to turn to religion to help them through this time.
It could be because of poor experiences with religion in the past or the vulnerability that coming to a new church might bring.
One campus organization seeks to guide students to the faith now more than ever. The United Campus Ministry (UCM) welcomes all SU students, regardless of culture, sexual orientation or gender identity.
UCM openly rejects the “hate and division” spewed by those “in the name of Jesus.”
Due to social restrictions in place to comply with COVID-19 coronavirus regulations, the UCM created “Faith Pods” as a way for students to connect while exploring their faith and seeking support and fellowship in a safe and inclusive environment.
Each pod allows up to four students to meet social distancing guidelines when gathering in person. The group will also implement Zoom sessions.
Each pod will focus on different themes, such as Bible studies, social issues, making friends and covenant support, according to the group’s website.
Faith Pods will begin after Sept. 7 and run until the end of the semester. For additional information, contact the Rev. Jan Bye through UCM’s CampusGroups page.