UMin Online

Connect with University Ministries Spring Quarter 2020

Welcome to University Ministries online! In this season when we are separated by distance, we would like to create spaces and opportunities for connection and building spiritual rhythms.

Explore the opportunities through UMin Online and contact us if you have any questions, or if you’d like to chat with a campus pastor.


Worship

In the Spring Quarter 2020, we are providing two main worship opportunities: Chapel and Evening Devotions with Group. Join us live on social media on the days and times indicated below. Follow us on social media for the latest updates and information.

Chapel 

Join the community for musical worship and devotional led by University Ministries staff.

  • Tuesdays, 11:10 a.m., on YouTube. View the Spring Quarter Chapel schedule for information on speakers, resources, and weekly video links for Chapel.

Evening Devotions with Group

Join other students for a weekly evening worship devotional with student leaders from Group, our evening worship ministry.

  • Wednesdays, 8 p.m., on Instagram @spugroup

Reconciliation

During Spring Quarter 2020, the John Perkins Center is providing ways to stay connected to community development and reflect on community at work. Follow us on social media for the latest highlights and reflections.

#JPCHopeinAction

Look for highlights of where students are seeing hope in action in the community. Watch for this to launch on Tuesday, April 21, in Chapel.

JPC Connections

JCP Connections will offer highlights of student voices and community-partner work around reconciliation and community development. 

 

Small groups

You are welcomed to join in on any of the following small groups happening throughout the week. Through these groups, we hope to foster spiritual community. 

Complete this small group signup form to join. After we receive your request, we’ll send you a Zoom link for your group. Questions? Email um@spu.edu.

Black and African American Men's Gathering (AAMG)

We hope that this will be a safer space for conversation, prayer, community, Bible study and just hang time - bringing "added value to YOUR student experience at SPU." Contact um@spu.edu for Zoom link.

  • Facilitator: Dr. Stephen Michael Newby, DMA (Professor of Music, SPU) 
  • Summer meeting times: Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. (30-45 minutes) starting June 17

Journey Together

Exploring life’s questions about faith and what it all means!

  • Facilitator: Chaplain Lisa Ishihara 
  • Mondays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Spiritual Rhythms for Disruptive Seasons

Feeling like you need to build some rhythms for your health, spiritual and otherwise? Connect to this group to explore ways to incorporate practices into your life.

  • Facilitator: Deb Nondorf 
  • Tuesdays, 1–2 p.m. 

Life Hacks – Navigating Adulting

Connect with others wondering about how to prepare for life ahead. Open to SPU undergraduate juniors and seniors.

  • Facilitator: May Tag Yang 
  • Wednesdays, 1–2 p.m.

Faith and Leadership Circle

Bring your lunch and connect with other student leaders for discussions and support on faithful leadership. We will eat and “conversate” over Zoom!

  • Facilitators: Chaplain Lisa Ishihara, Rev. Matt Poole (FFMC), and Rev. Paul Kim
  • Thursdays, 12–1 p.m.

Exploring the Enneagram and Spiritual Practices (students)

Join this group to learn about the Enneagram and incorporate the learning into spiritual practices for life. This group is open to students who know their Enneagram number.

  • Facilitator: Deb Nondorf 
  • Thursdays, 12–1 p.m. 

Campus pastor and prayer connections

In this season of disruption, you may feel the need to connect with a Campus Pastor to chat or you have a need that you want us to know about. We are here to listen and to respond to needs as we are able.

  • Chat with a campus pastor: If you would appreciate a conversation over “life things” you are experiencing or questions about faith, we’re hear to listen. If you would like to know more about speaking with a campus pastor, look on the information page or simply complete a campus pastor chat form.

  • Receive prayer, submit prayer request, or express a need: Would you like someone to contact you to pray with you or would you like to submit a prayer request for others to hold in prayer? Or do you have a particular need you'd like us to know about? Let us know by completing a request form and we'll be in touch with you.

More connection points

Below you will find other points for connection. Some of the items below are resources and others are opportunities to inject a little spontaneous fun into the week. Explore and connect.

Resources for spiritual well-being

Music for the soul 
We’ve curated Spotify music playlists to listen to while you go for a walk, spend time in prayer, or during study sessions. Have a listen! 

Mindful moments with Karen
We all need healthy ways of being during this unusual quarter. Find helpful practices through the video links below that you can incorporate into your day, led by Karen Lee, SPU senior and UMin office assistant. 

Spiritual Rhythms and Devotionals
Here are devotions written by SPU folks and other written work that you might find helpful and interesting.

  • Stations of the Cross: A self-guided reflection and reading for Holy Week in the Christian liturgical calendar. Download the guide (PDF).
  • Spiritual Rhythm of Breath Prayer & Reflection: A guide to using Breath Prayer and reflection as a spiritual practice.  Download the guide (PDF).
  • Spiritual Rhythm of #JPCHopeinAction: A guide to seeing hope in our communities now. Download the guide (PDF).
  • Spiritual Rhythm of Haiku & Art Reflection: A guide to writing Haiku poetry and creating a simple art piece out of the poem. Download the guide (PDF).
  • Spiritual Rhythm of Sacred Reading: A guide to using imagination as a way to read and reflect upon scripture. Download the guide (PDF).
  • Spiritual Rhythm of the Daily Office: A guide to observing Sacred Pauses or Praying the Hours. Download the guide (PDF).
  • Spiritual Rhythm of Pilgrimage: A guide to engaging an intentional journey of transformation. Download the guide (PDF).
  • Spiritual Rhythm of Examen: A guide to the prayer practice of Daily Examen from the Ignatian tradition. Download the guide (PDF).
  • Spiritual Rhythm of Journaling: A guide to using journaling as a practice of spiritual engagement. Download the guide (PDF).
  • Spiritual Rhythm of Prayer Labyrinth: A guide to using a labyrinth to guide our prayers and reflections.  Download the guide (PDF).
  • Finger Labyrinth: Download this labyrinth (PDF) to use in your prayer and reflection.

Online Church Worship Service Directory
Looking to join a worship service online?  We are compiling a directory of worship services hosted by churches. The directory will be updated periodically as we continue to practice physical distancing. Download the directory (PDF).

#zoominwithumin
Created for some spontaneous fun, these events occur on various days and times during the quarter. Look out for the UMin weekly email on Mondays for information on upcoming #zoominwithumin events. 

Special events

Throughout the quarter, we plan to host special events that go beyond the usual (in this unusual time). We’ll update as we get things determined and how you can join us for the event.

  • Perkins Center Prize: The John Perkins Center is hosting another year of the Perkins Center Prize, encouraging students to explore practical ways of reconciliation in their community. The awardees of this scholarship will be announced in May, so follow the Perkins Center for 2020 recipients.
  • Barnabas Servant Leadership Award: This annual award recognizes student leadership in the areas of community and ministry service. Four SPU juniors are chosen among those nominated for the award. Recipients will be announced in spring quarter 2020.
  • Sharpen Lunch at First Free: SPU students! Join us on Tuesday, May 12 and 26 for a grab-and-go Sharpen Lunch at First Free from 12 - 1pm. If COVID-19 has been a difficult season for you, we have $25 gift cards available to either Trader Joe's or Safeway for students who live off campus and in CHA (student ID required). Don't worry, we will be social distancing in the to-go line. If you cannot attend the Sharpen Lunch but need food provision, please fill out this form and we will reach out to you. We love you and are in this with you!

Follow UMin

For the latest info on upcoming events and opportunities, follow us on social media.

SPU Partners

We are fortunate to have other fabulous partners in our campus community! Follow these departments for information on other ways to get connected! 

Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (OSIL)
This Spring Quarter, OSIL will host various Instagram events and opportunities. Follow OSIL on Engage and Instagram to discover the latest. 

Multi-ethnic Programs (MEP)
MEP supports students from racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse backgrounds and identities.  Check out their Spring Quarter 2020 opportunities!

Faculty and staff resources

The Office of University Ministries is extending opportunities for care and connection to our staff and faculty.  Let’s face it, we all need care and connection during these unprecedented times in our world. Find resources specifically for staff and faculty below. If you have any questions, please email um@spu.edu.

Chapel 

Tuesday Chapel is still on! We are changing up the format to accommodate current realities. We will begin Chapel with worship, followed by a devotional led by University Ministries staff.

  • Join us on YouTube on Tuesdays, 11:10 a.m.  View the Spring Quarter Chapel schedule for information on speakers, resources, and weekly YouTube links for Chapel.

Campus Pastor and Prayer Connections

Staff and faculty are not immune from needing to talk things out or to receive prayer. In this season of social distancing and disruption, you too may feel the need to connect with a Campus Pastor to chat or you have a need that you want us to know about. We are here to listen and to respond to needs as we are able.

  • Chat with a campus pastor: If you would appreciate a conversation over “life things” you are experiencing or questions about faith, we’re hear to listen.  If you would like to know more about speaking with a campus pastor, look on the information page or simply complete a campus pastor chat form.

  • Receive prayer, submit prayer request, or express a need:  Would you like someone to contact you to pray with you or would you like to submit a prayer request for others to hold in prayer? Or do you have a particular need you'd like us to know about? Let us know by completing a request form and we'll be in touch with you.

Benevolent Fund Offering: Support an SPU Student with a $25 Grocery Gift Card

SPU University Ministries and First Free Methodist Church have partnered to care for our SPU community. We are caring for SPU students by providing those who have been impacted by COVID-19 with a grab-and-go lunch and $25 gift card to either Trader Joe's or Safeway. Read more here on how faculty and staff can help in this effort!

FLAGG Affinity Groups

In partnership with the Faculty Life Office (FLO), these groups focus on developing spiritual community among staff and faculty at SPU. To join a group, email um@spu.edu to get connected to the facilitators. The facilitator will send you important information and a Zoom link to join the group.

  • African American/Black Affinity Group
  • Asian/Asian American Affinity Group
  • Catholic
  • Latinx

Small Groups

If you would like to be part of a small group for staff and faculty, consider the following groups. To join, complete this signup form. We’ll be in touch with you and send a Zoom link.

Exploring the Enneagram and Spiritual Practices (faculty and staff)

Join this group to learn about the Enneagram and incorporate the learning into spiritual practices for life. Open to those who know their Enneagram number.

  • Facilitator: Deb Nondorf
  • Mondays, 12–1 p.m.

Spiritual Rhythms for Disruptive Seasons (faculty and staff)
Faculty and staff also feel the need for rhythm building. Connect to this group to explore ways to incorporate spiritual practices for spiritual health and well-being. 

  • Facilitator: Deb Nondorf
  • Fridays, 12–1 p.m.

Thursday Revival Prayer Group
Led by SPU staff and faculty, this group practices listening and responding to the Holy Spirit as they pray to join in God’s work of revival on campus.

  • Facilitator: Teylar Greer
  • Thursdays, 12–1 p.m.
  • Email greert@spu.edu for information on how to join the group on Microsoft Teams.

LibGuide for the Classroom

In partnership with the SPU Library, we are collecting helpful resources for the classroom into this LibGuide.