UMin Online

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Welcome to University Ministries online! While we are continuing to practice distancing, the UMin staff and student leaders are creating spaces and opportunities for connection and spiritual growth. Explore the opportunities on this page and use signup links to register for activities. Connect with us on social media to learn about the latest.

Hard Spaces Together: Spring Quarter is often a time of stress and anxiety for the SPU community. There is also the recent news of President Martin's resignation and the Board of Trustees' decision. Students, we care about you! We've curated opportunities to receive care and for spiritual practices. Find more information on the web page and contact us if you have any questions.


Worship & Spiritual Rhythms

Chapel

Join us weekly for Chapel, released at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, but available for viewing at any point throughout the week. Our Spring Quarter theme is "Neighboring," inviting us to go deeper on the call to love our neighbor. Be sure to subscribe to receive notifications about new videos!

  • Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. on YouTube.
  • View the Chapel schedule for information on speakers and the weekly video link.

Group

Join Group on Instagram Wednesdays at 8 p.m. for mini worship sessions, short devotionals, reflections, and art revolving around the theme of hope.

Breath Prayer

Take a 10-minute break and join Sharpen for a time of communal Breath Prayer.

  • Mondays, 12:30–12:40 p.m. on Instagram.
  • Even weeks of quarter: weeks 2, 4, 6, 8

Lent: Lenten Stories & Season of Saturday

During Lent, follow UMin Instagram for weekly scripture readings and stories from SPU students about how they are being stretched in this season.

We are also curating online space for communal practices of confession, lament, repentance, and renewal. You are invited to participate through submitting your note of “declaration” for our online tree. You are invited to declare ways you have been harmed from this past year and ways you have harmed others, and declare hopes that you are holding onto, and dreams for renewal for the future. Visit our Season of Saturday web page for this Lenten practice.

Holy Week & Good Friday

  • Prayer Labyrinth and Stations of the Cross will be set up for personal times of reflection. Please observe SPU COVID-19 health guidelines and participate in these self-guided experiences one at a time. March 29–April 5 on the lawn and streetscape between Demaray Hall and Marston-Watson Hall.
  • On April 2 (time TBD) join the SPU community for a brief service of worship and reflection for Good Friday. Video link: Good Friday Service.

Resurrection Week

  • Looking for an Easter Service online? Check out our local online worship listing or local church directory for options.
  • Tuesday, April 6, at 10:30 a.m. on YouTube: Resurrection Chapel with Minister Alex Booker, SPU Minister of Worship & Community Life.
  • Thursday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. in Martin Square: Pick up an “Encouragement Bag” prepared by student ministry leaders. Limited number available.

Local Churches and Online Worship

Are you looking for a local church or online worship opportunity? Follow the links below and explore!

Community Groups

Faith and Leadership Circle

Gathering of student leaders to reflect on matters of faith and leadership. Open group for anyone interested in these topics, especially those leading on campus. In partnership with First Free Methodist Church.

  • Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Signup

In Context

Join us for five weeks as we discuss White Privilege and Deconstruction of Race. Please check the website for specific dates and contact Patti Fong for more info.

  • Days and times TBD

Residential Students’ Small Groups

Living on campus? You’re invited to join a small group led by our student ministry coordinators (SMC) for the purpose of building community and growing in faith. Check out the sign-up form for specifics on dates and topics! See below for more residential student opportunities.

Community Bible Study on 1 Corinthians

Join Dr. Bob Drovdahl (School of Theology) as he leads the group through a Community Bible Study, which you can register for as a class (THEO 3100). The course provides students with an in-depth study of 1 Corinthians. Students will use inductive Bible study methods to examine the original, canonical, and continuing significance of Paul's message in this letter. We hope you will join Dr. Drovdahl!

Study on Esther - Becoming Brave

Join us as we journey together through the book of Esther. We will use Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil's book Becoming Brave as a guide. Students only, women only group.

Service & Community Engagement

Latreia Engagement

Join us for a Latreia Engagement Day. Check our website for more details or contact Meg Rouse.

  • Dates TBD

Urban Involvement

Join us for weekly virtual and in-person opportunities to serve the greater Seattle area. Due to COVID-19 constraints, space is limited and students must meet certain criteria for in-person volunteering. Contact Gracie Brown and Jeanne Coyle for more information.

Urban Plunge

Join an immersive experience designed to help students gain perspective in proximity to Seattle's issue of homelessness. Students are invited to experience some of the challenges the homeless population of Seattle face on a daily basis, while learning how local service agencies and others engage in supporting the people who face these compounding challenges.

  • Sat – Sun, April 10–11, 8 a.m.– 8 p.m.
  • Sat – Sun, April 17–18, 8 a.m.– 8 p.m.
  • Application

SPRINT Global Perspective

Join us for a Zoom conversation centered around a global topic that can encourage advocacy.

  • Date and time TBD

SPRINT Local Immersion

SPRINT Core will guide students into learning, activities and service in 5 topic themed days: History, Refugees, Environmental Justice, Latina/Chicano culture, and Social/Restorative Justice.

  • June 14–18
  • Signup available soon

Creation Care & Discipleship Workshop

Join us for a workshop as we dive into the topic of Creation Care & Discipleship.

  • Tuesday, April 20, 3–4 p.m.
  • RSVP

Perkins Center Prize

The John Perkins Center at SPU is hosting the annual writing competition for students enrolling at SPU. The prize honors the legacy of Dr. John Perkins’ work in reconciliation and Christian Community Development. Entries are due by Friday, April 2, 2021. The winner will receive a $1,000 SPU tuition scholarship. Visit the JPC prize web page for detailed information.

Annual Perkins Lecture Series

The John Perkins Center will host the Annual Perkins Lecture Series, Living into the Legacy: Women in Reconciliation. The week will include spaces of connecting with campus through a Black Women Leading Panel, a conversation on student leadership, and a conversation with the CCDA Regional Network with Dr. Perkins. Learn more about all of these virtual offerings on the event site.

JPC Drop-In Time

Join the John Perkins Center staff for an an informal drop-in space over Zoom, where we can be community together.

  • Tuesdays, April 6, 20, May 4, 18, and June 1
  • 12-1:30 p.m. on Zoom

Commuter Students

Sharpen Lunch

Commuter, CHA, transfer and off-campus students come through for a grab-and-go lunch as you make your way to class. We’ll be in Eaton Breezeway. Please keep 6-foot distance and wear face coverings when you come through. Follow us on Instagram to keep up with the latest.

  • Wednesdays, April 7, May 5, and June 2
  • 12–1 p.m.

Sharpen Grocery Bag

Groceries (nonperishables) will be available for commuter, CHA, transfer, and off-campus students. We’ll be in the outdoor, covered Eaton Breezeway. Please observe current health guidelines. Come through while supplies last! For the latest information, follow Sharpen on Instagram to keep up with the latest.

  • Wednesdays, April 21 and May 19
  • 12–2 p.m.

Residential Students

Residential Students’ Small Groups

Living on campus? You’re invited to join a small group led by our student ministry coordinators (SMC) for the purpose of building community and growing in faith. Check out the sign-up form for specifics on dates and topics! See below for more residential-student opportunities.

UMin Couch Conversations

Join the SMCs for a conversation with UMin staff and student leaders about the work we do and how to connect for next year!

  • Tuesday, April 6, 7–8 p.m.
  • RSVP

Roomie Finder!

Not sure who to live with next year? SMCs are hosting an event specifically tailored to help you connect with a potential roommate. Sign up here, and you’ll be contacted with follow-up questions that will guide the process. Join us for conversations and great people!

  • Friday, April 23, 7–8 p.m.
  • RSVP

Connect to Campus Pastors and UMin Team

In this season of disruption, you may feel the need to connect with a campus pastor to chat, or you may have a need that you want us to know about. We are here to listen and 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 here 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? Complete a request form and we'll be in touch with you.

Staff and Faculty

FLAGG Community Groups for People of Color

Through these FLAGG Community Groups, we will continue to consider how to facilitate and create spiritually formative places and spaces of connection and community. We will also take a dive into sustainability and thriving as a person of color in Christian higher education. We know it is helpful to have places where we can be known and in spiritual community consider the wisdom gained from perseverance and endurance. Groups will meet about three times per quarter.

  • FLAGG Asian/Asian American Community Group: sign up
  • FLAGG Black/African American Community Group: sign up
  • FLAGG LatinX Community Group: sign up

FLAGG Catholic Community Group

Gather together with other Catholic staff and faculty online. We will continue to consider how to facilitate and create spiritually formative places and spaces of connection and community. We know it is helpful to know there are places of support, being known and engaging with one another. This group will meet about three times per quarter.

Sign up

Church and Community Partners

Annual Perkins Lecture Series

The John Perkins Center will host the Annual Perkins Lecture Series, Living into the Legacy: Women in Reconciliation. The week will include spaces of connecting with campus through a Black Women Leading Panel, a conversation on student leadership, and a conversation with the CCDA Regional Network with Dr. Perkins. Learn more about all of these virtual offerings on the event site.