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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.

Worship & Spiritual Rhythms


Join us weekly for Chapel, released at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays but available for viewing at any point throughout the week. Our Winter Quarter theme is “Harm, Healing, and Hope,” inviting us into the stories of others as we consider God’s unfolding story in our own lives. 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.


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

Ash Wednesday

Join University Ministries on February 17 for a guided prayer service on Instagram at 10 a.m., then come by Martin Square between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to receive a package of ashes as we enter into the Lenten season. In the evening, Group will host another guided prayer service on Instagram.

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.

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.

  • Mondays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
  • Sign up

Embodied Faith

Discussion space for current social issues from a faith perspective. We may discuss news topics, articles, and topics that are brought by participants. In partnership with First Free Methodist Church.

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

Community Bible Study on Women in the Bible

Join Dr. Katie Douglass (School of Theology) as she leads the group through a Community Bible Study on Women in the Bible through an intersectional lens. You can register for this as a class, listed as THEO 3100. We hope you will join her!

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.

Gospel of John Bible Study

Come study the Book of John with other juniors and seniors.

White Awake: Accountability and Allyship

A bi-weekly space for White students to engage through the lens of faith in continued learning, deconstruction, and accountability as we seek to be intentional about reconciliation work. Each meeting, we will engage with a standalone topic, so feel free to come as you are able. Out first meeting will be Jan. 14 (week 2).

  • Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. (even weeks of the quarter)
  • Sign up

In Context

Sign up for In Context, a 5-week workshop on race, ethnicity, and justice. Together we will learn about the ever-present reality of systemic racism around a specific topic. Contact Patti Fong for more details.

Entrepreneur in the Making

A community group focused on faith and work on the theme "Think Like an Entrepreneur." In partnership with the Center for Applied Learning.

  • Fridays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (weeks 2-5)
  • Sign up

Service & Community Engagement

Urban Involvement

Join us for weekly opportunities to serve the greater Seattle area. Contact Ashlee' Thomas for more information, and check out our website for current site partners

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. Urban Plunge will take place April 9-11 and April 16-18 over the course of two weekends during Spring Quarter. Apply today! For more information about Urban Plunge, contact Kellie Cobb.

SPRINT Global Perspectives: Colombia

Students will connect with Colombia site partner Guillermo on Zoom to learn the complex history of U.S. involvement in Colombia, dispel preconceived ideas on drug trade (think Netflix series Narcos), and learn more about how they would connect with issues if they were to go to Colombia.  Email SPRINT for questions and information.

SPRINT Global Perspectives: Refugees

Students will learn more on the topic of refugees and what that looks like in the current context.  Email SPRINT for questions and information.

SPRINT Global Perspectives: Q+A & Cookies

Participate in a Global Perspectives Q+A with Tomas, who grew up in Colombia and is co-owner of Bell's Cookies. After the Q+A students are invited to take a cookie home! Sign-up and self-attestation required for the limited spots.


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

Perkins Center Prize

The John Perkins Center 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 April 2, 2021. Winners will receive $1,000 SPU tuition scholarships. Visit the Prize web page for detailed information.

Barnabas Servant Leadership Scholarship

Nominate a current SPU junior student who demonstrates Christian character, has made a commitment to on- or off- campus service, shows a willingness to take on tasks regardless of recognition or challenge, and demonstrates leadership. The recipients of this scholarship receive a $750 cash grant and a $250 contribution in their name to a charity of their choice. Nominations are due by March 5, 2021 using the online nomination form.

Commuter Students

Sharpen Lunch

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

  • Wednesday, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, and March 3
  • 12–1 p.m.

Sharpen Grocery Bag

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

  • Wednesday, Jan. 20, Feb. 24 (date change), and March 17
  • Noon–2 p.m.

Residential Students

The following opportunities are specifically designed for students in SPU residential housing. If you are interested in any of the opportunities, sign up here.

SMC Small Groups

Residential students are invited to join one of five different small groups for Winter Quarter. Check out the registration link (above) for more information on times, topics, and leaders.

Mental Health and Faith

Join SMCs for a conversation on the importance of faith and mental health as we enter into Winter Quarter.

  • January 26, 7 p.m.

Breathe: A Retreat for Residential Students

Residential students are invited to a half-day, self-guided retreat for rest, reflection, and growth. After some alone time, we’ll connect in online pods to debrief and pray. 

  • Saturday, Feb. 13, 1–4 p.m.

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

“Leading Bravely: Building Reconciling Community” With Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil

The John Perkins Center hosts Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil in a workshop designed to equip church and community leaders to help build reconciling communities that can be places of healing and hope in our city. This is especially important right now in light of the divisive and polarized election we have just come through. We need leaders to be brave enough (like Esther) to speak the truth while leading the healing process. How do we facilitate a process to bring hope? For more information visit the event page.

  • Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Registration link on the event page