Emory & Henry’s Office of Spiritual Life offers engaging opportunities for worship, study, service, and fellowship. It seeks to provide a holistic experience of spiritual discernment and faith development. While E&H is rooted in the Methodist tradition, we seek to provide spiritual support to students from every denomination and faith tradition. All students are encouraged to participate in the Spiritual Life programs whether they are seeking an understanding of God, desiring to deepen their personal relationship with God, or looking for answers to moral, ethical, or personal questions. Ministries include worship gatherings, fellowship groups, Bible studies, discussion groups, and service projects, some of which are led by students and others of which are led by the chaplain. The College Associate Chaplain advises most student Spiritual Life groups.
Association for Religious Diversity (ARD) is a student-run organization that strives to make the issues of religious equality in the world known to the student body of the college. ARD also strives to diversify the religious interactions of the average student at EHC and to promote inter-religious understanding and acceptance through varied events and discussions. Any and all religious and spiritual paths are welcome, even people who simply want to learn what is out there.
Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF) offers a time for students to share a meal, followed by a program, which often includes a guest speaker, games, and service projects. CCF meets on Tuesday evenings in the Mason Fellowship Hall in the Chapel. New members are always welcome.
Encounter is a student-led worship gathering on Monday evening. A praise band comprised of students leads music weekly. The informal setting also includes prayer, Scripture, and witness. Participants are invited to encounter the love of God as they seek to live out their faith on campus and beyond.
Expedition is a discussion group for people who want to grapple with tough questions regarding Christianity and the Bible. Through close fellowship with peers and religious leaders from the area, Expedition seeks to help students better understand the religious beliefs both of themselves and of others. The cornerstone belief of Expedition is that community and understanding pave the way on “The Quest for Common Ground.”
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is open to athletes and non-athletes alike. Participants gather weekly at lunchtime. Group members lead devotions, share concerns, and encourage one another “to meet the challenge and adventure of following Christ.”
Kerygma is a group of students who are intentionally seeking to discern God’s call in their lives. Some feel called to a professional vocation in the church, while others are discerning more generally God’s plan for their lives. Kerygma members sponsor and lead discussion groups and retreats for the campus community in order to help shape Christians into stronger leaders.
Reel Real is a Spiritual Life Program sponsored by Expedition with the intention of expanding our spiritual understanding through film. Reel Real meets on Friday evening at 5:30 in the Chapel for dinner followed by movie discussion. The program is open to people of all faiths and traditions..
Spiritual Life Housing is part of the College’s Theme House program. Damer, a co-ed house, provides a Christian atmosphere in which members of the community live according to a covenant that focuses on prayer, Bible study, Christian fellowship, and hospitality to the wider campus community.
Spring Break Study Abroad: Cross Cultural Christian Mission - a spring semester study abroad class focusing on cross cultural Christian mission will include a travel component in a country such as the Dominican Republic during spring break 2016. The experience will include mission work and cultural education. Students may apply to be a part of this class in September of 2015.
Other opportunities for Spiritual Life involvement develop on a regular basis. All events are open to everyone. Contact the Chaplain for information on forming or participating in service, worship, study, fellowship, and/or interest groups for spiritual formation. If you and/or your organization are inviting off-campus clergy or religious groups to campus, contact the College Chaplain in writing in advance so that these visitors may receive a formal invitation from the College.