UKirk National Gathering Deadline of April 26th Fast Approaching!

UKirk National Gathering Deadline of April 26th Fast Approaching!

There are still a few weeks to register for the 2024 UKirk National Gathering at Ferncliff in Little Rock, Arkansas, June 11-14th! Here are 6 reasons to join your colleagues (and our keynote speaker Bruce Reyes-Chow) this year:You get to gather with peers that understand all the joys (and challenges

We Don’t Have to be Afraid of the Dark

We Don’t Have to be Afraid of the Dark

Friends, I’m not sure how many of us got to experience the solar eclipse this week, but even amidst cloud cover it was an awe-inspiring experience to behold. On a presbytery call last night, the moderator shared that a total solar eclipse offers us a lot of metaphors for ministry and for life, such

The Word at the Center: Love

The Word at the Center: Love

A few years ago, a friend gave me a book of blessings and prayers written by Jan Richardson, and I continue to return to her writing again and again during moments that lead me to pause – the beautiful, the sacred, the difficult. Maundy Thursday, for me and maybe for you, intertwines the three.On he

“Y’all are a different kind of Christian”

“Y’all are a different kind of Christian”

Have you ever had anyone say to you, “You are not like other Christians I’ve met”? It seems in college ministry, this kind of comment can come up quite often as university and college campuses are teeming with students of diverse religious, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.What this comment u

UKirk Monthly Gathering March 7th@2pm Eastern

UKirk Monthly Gathering March 7th@2pm Eastern

All UKirk Network campus ministers and chaplains are invited to our virtual monthly gathering on Thursday, March 7th, 2024, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern (1:00 pm Central/Noon Mountain/11:00 am Pacific). A zoom link will be sent out via email. Rev. Maggie Alsup (Lyon College) will help facilitate a

Summer Fellowship for Students

Summer Fellowship for Students

“Listening to the Land: Cultivating Hope through Spiritual Practices andTheological Reflection in Times of Crisis” Pittsburgh, PA June 3-July 12, 2024 Application deadline: April 12, 2024The Miller Summer Youth Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and its staff invite applications for its si

Opportunities with the Young Adult Transformation Collective

Opportunities with the Young Adult Transformation Collective

What does it look like to live your values in the world? How do you challenge capitalism, racism, and environmental degradation, while also sustaining your spirit and maintaining meaningful relationships? If you’re asking these questions, you’ve come to the right place.Current collective members pro

Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Applications are Live!

Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Applications are Live!

The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program is an ecumenical, faith-based year of service for young people (ages 19–30) in sites across the United States and around the world. YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation. Alongside this work, volunteers expl

“Good God, Y’all!” 2024 UKirk National Gathering

“Good God, Y’all!” 2024 UKirk National Gathering

Have you heard that ’Bruce Reyes-Chow’s new book ”“Everything Good About God is True: Choosing Faith” is being released March 4th, AND everyone who attends the 2024 UKirk National Gathering June 11-14 in Little Rock, Arkansas, will receive a FREE copy?Not only will Bruce be our keynote speaker at th

S.T.U.F.F. Cohort to begin February 28th

S.T.U.F.F. Cohort to begin February 28th

There is still time to register for our S.T.U.F.F. Spring Cohort that starts Wednesday, February 28th!New to campus ministry, at a new ministry site, or just wanting to learn from and with colleagues, old and new? Join us for STUFF (Stuff That Ukirk Finds Formative), a 6 session, biweekly, zoom gath

UKirk Network Ministries Demographic Survey Due March 1st

UKirk Network Ministries Demographic Survey Due March 1st

UKirk is excited that we are being invited more often to share the impact your ministries are having at colleges and universities across the country! What this has made us realize, though, is that it would be helpful to have some basic data to help us articulate the reach of the national network.Can

New Fresh Expressions is Available!

New Fresh Expressions is Available!

The Presbyterian Oultook has released 3 new young adult Fresh Outlook Bible Studies. The lessons in this bundle include “What’s your superpower” by Sarah Leer, “God in the mirror” by Catherine Knott (Chaplain, Hanover College) , and “Sex and the Bible” by Maggie Alsup (Chaplain, Lyon College). They

UKirk E-News & Events

UKirk E-News & Events

This week we are celebrating the amazing accomplishments and leadership of UKirk Network ministers and chaplains. If there is anything your ministry would like to share, please email Gini so she can share with the UKirk community. And don’t forget our Virtual Gathering next Thursday, February 8th,

UKirk E-News

UKirk E-News

When was the last time you received – I mean really received – a blessing? This was a question posed by Mark Yaconelli at the APCE (Association of Partners in Christian Education) Annual Event being held in St. Louis, MO, this week. I’m not able to attend this year in person, so I caught his first p

UKirk News & Events

UKirk News & Events

It was amazing to see so many UKirk leaders and students at the UKirk reception Montreat College Conference in January! Not only am I grateful to connect or re-connect with y’all in person, I’m also excited to share all of the opportunities UKirk has coming up for network ministers and your students

2024 UKirk National Gathering Registration

2024 UKirk National Gathering Registration

The 2024 UKirk National Gathering, “Good God, Y’all!”, will be June 11-14, 2024 at Ferncliff Camp & Conference Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. You can click here to register.Rev. Bruce Reyes Chow will be our keynote speaker for the“Good God, Y’all!” June 11-14, 2024, at Ferncliff Camp & Conference

Webinar Series on Helping Students Discern God’s Call

Webinar Series on Helping Students Discern God’s Call

UKirk network leaders are invited to participate in a free webinar series that Youth Mission Co is hosting this Spring with an awesome new group, the Young Adult Transformation Collective. The series is about providing opportunities for young adults to discern God’s call for their lives, their life

STUFF Spring Cohort

STUFF Spring Cohort

New to campus ministry, at a new ministry site, or just wanting to learn from and with colleagues, old and new? Join us for STUFF (Stuff That Ukirk Finds Formative), a 6 session, biweekly, zoom gathering of campus ministry practitioners learning from one another about the aspects of our ministry tha

Student Summer Opportunity – Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Fellowship

Student Summer Opportunity – Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Fellowship

“Listening to the Land: Cultivating Hope through Spiritual Practices andTheological Reflection in Times of Crisis” Pittsburgh, PA June 3-July 12, 2024 Application deadline: April 12, 2024The Miller Summer Youth Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and its staff invite applications for its si

We Need Your Pictures!

We Need Your Pictures!

UKirk National is embarking on a project to share the amazing stories of how God is working on YOUR campus and across the network. To help us do that, we want to gather as many pictures (and stories) of your ministry’s programs, retreats, worship services, service projects, and all the other amazing

UKirk Monthly Gatherings

UKirk Monthly Gatherings

Starting next Thursday, January 11th, UKirk campus ministers and chaplains are invited to our monthly UKirk Gathering at 2 pm Eastern (1 Central, Noon Mountain, 11 am Pacific) every 2nd Thursday of the month to share ideas and resources on a various topics and get support from other network leaders.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

We give thanks to God for the gift YOU are to the world, your families and friends, your UKirk communities, and the larger church. May you experience the good news of great joy that Christ’s birth brings, and may peace find its way into our world and into your life, today and always.Merry Christmas!

Manna Young Adult Retreat, January 26-28, 2024

Manna Young Adult Retreat, January 26-28, 2024

Ukirk alumni and all young adults are invited to Montreat’s Manna young adult retreat, Jan 26-28, 2024. The Manna Retreat is for alumni and young adults (22-32’ish), NOT for current college students (that’s College Conference and we hope to see you there in a few days!).There are so few places in t