Summer brings with it a different rhythm for academics and students. For some summer brings the extra work related to field season; for others it brings a transition from one stage of academia to another. For many of us, it brings an opportunity for a change of pace. My prayer is that this change of … More Prayers for the summer
A recent CRC article highlights the work of campus ministry, a lot of which is pastoral care, justice, as well as walking alongside in the midst of their questions related to faith (doubt) and/or sexuality (especially connected to LGBT+). The following are a few quotes: Verhoef: “We used to live with a strong sense of transcendence . … More Grappling with Doubt and Faith
Kjersten, who has been participating in Campus Edge this last while, recently wrote a poem related to science in the lab. She notes: what a strange environment a science lab is. It’s not the environment of the stereotypical “mad scientist”, it’s just a work environment with a lot of sterile equipment and chemicals. But the … More Poetry from the Science Lab
In light of the “policy in which the United States is separating children from their parents at the U.S. border with Mexico,” I am thankful that Campus Edge is connected to a larger church denomination that “is joining with the voices of other people of faith to call for an end to this policy, which causes … More Speaking up for families at the border
The studies in the second half of the spring semester focused on difficult topics in Christianity and the Bible. As many people avoid these conversations because of potential conflict, it’s not always obvious why we should talk about these things. Yet, studying these difficult topics can help us love God and those around us. Reading … More Why talk about difficult topics?
The studies this past semester focused on understanding God and the Bible better. The first half of the semester looked at Ezekiel, and the second half focused on difficult topics in Christianity and the Bible. In pub theology we talked about everything under the sun: aliens, parenting, mental health, the American dream, human nature, technology, … More Pastor’s Spring Report
As another semester has come to a close, we on the Campus Edge board can reflect once again on the good work that Campus Edge Fellowship is doing for graduate and professional students studying at MSU, and the items in the recent Newsletter and this blog provide some insight into what that work has involved. … More Spring report from the board president
A recent study highlights a strong link between “religion and suicide for queer youth.” While religion decreases the likelihood of attempted suicide amount youth who do not identify as LGBTQ, the exact opposite is true of those who identify as LGBTQ+. The article in the Huffington post notes the following: The study authors found that religion may … More Why talking about religion and LGBTQ matters
NPR recently published an article about a Bible study that focused on science, highlighting that science and faith do not have to compete. The article notes the following: Science and Christianity often seem at odds in the public imagination. But some churches have made part of their mission to lessen that tension by bringing science into … More Science and Faith need not compete
In talking with young adults about the American dream, it became obvious that the faults in the American dream are more obvious to a generation that isn’t looking to pursue that same dream. The traditional American dream seems to value getting more things (prosperity) and having a better position in life (success and upward social … More the new American dream?