UMin Online

UMin Staff

Welcome to University Ministries online! 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 and lookout for the UMin Treat Cart to make spontaneous appearances around campus. Stop by and grab a treat!

Worship & Spiritual Rhythms


Join us weekly on Tuesdays at 11:10 a.m. for Chapel in Upper Gwinn.  View the Chapel schedule for information on specific speakers or services.


Join Group evening worship on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Arnett Hall lobby. Follow Group on Instagram for the latest.  

Catholic Mass

In the Fall Quarter, we will host Catholic Mass on Tuesday, 9/20, 10/18 and 11/15. We will be joined by Father Colin Parrish from St. Anne Church and Father Marcin Szymanski from the Newman center. Be sure to check out the weekly UMin Newsletter email for updates.

Praying the Rosary

Catholic students, staff, and faculty are invited to pray the Holy Rosary. Meditation will not be limited to the mysteries of the Rosary, as sometimes we will meditate on elements of our faith. After the Rosary, you're welcome to stay for a short discussion and share life. Led by Dr. Carlos Arias, Assistant Professor and Chair of Computer Science.

  • Wednesdays from 12 to 12:30 p.m.
  • Alexander & Adelaide Hall Chapel (second floor) 

Local Churches and Online Worship

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

Community Groups

Community Groups are smaller gatherings where students can engage in substantive conversations on faith and life. Groups generally begin on Week 2 of the quarter. Email University Ministries for any general questions.

In Context

Join Catalyst for a 5 week workshop around discussions on race, capitalism and transformative justice with students, staff, and faculty. Meetings are Mondays, 5:00 - 6:30p, weeks 4 - 9 of fall quarter. Please check the website for more information.

Residential Students’ Small Groups

Looking to connect in community and grow in faith?  Residential students are invited to check-out fall small groups, hosted by SMCs in partnership with UMin.  Groups will start Week 2 of Fall Quarter.  Complete the sign-up form or email Pastor Kelsey Rorem with questions.  If you are on Instagram, be sure to follow our First Year or Second Year+ teams for encouragement and updates on future events. 

Catholic Connections in partnership with St. Anne's Catholic Church

Are you a Catholic student and looking for a place to grow and connect with other Catholic students? Contact us and we'll connect with you!

  • Join us for our weekly Catholic Connections meeting on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Weter (WMH) 202.

Asian/Asian American Community Group in partnership with InterVarsity

A small group that dives into the intersection of Asian & Asian American identities and our faith through community and scripture.  Come join us for various opportunities to gather and build community.

Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF) in partnership with InterVarsity

College students who come through the ministry of AACF are educated and equipped for witness and service to wherever God leads them. Our aim is to give them knowledge and experience to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) to the communities where God has placed them and beyond. We do this by giving students opportunities to lead and serve. We deeply value student leadership and their initiative to creatively contextualize ministry on their campus. We give them a framework for campus ministry and they are encouraged to make it their own."

  • Join us weekly on Wednesday nights. For more information follow us on Instagram at spu_aacf

Service & Community Engagement

Urban Involvement

Urban Involvement offers weekly team opportunities to connect students to Seattle-area community-serving programs. There are many places to engage, from joining a community dinner with unhoused folks, to tutoring elementary students, to befriending an immigrant family, and more! You'll find a UI team that fits your interests and time. Please check out available opportunities on the website. For more information contact Mack Metro.

JPC Learn and Serve

Learn and Serve combines 2 previous JPC Ministries (Latreia and SPRINT) to allow students different opportunities to learn about specific local and global topics, and serve alongside an organization that does work connected to that subject. Look for quarterly opportunities to foster awareness through both experience and reflection on local and global topics.

For more information contact Sarah Thompson or Esther Mutesi.

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. For more information contact Michael Chew.

JPC Pilgrimage

In summer take a weeklong justice journey exploring history at important Civil Rights/memorial sites, engaging stories, and participating in guided reflections. Hosted with our partners, the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation in Mississippi. For more information contact Michael Chew

Commuter Students

Lunch, Grocery Bags, and Community

We love the intersection of food, community, and growing in faith! Join us for FREE monthly lunches and grocery bags on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  We'll be set up in the Eaton Breezeway for these events.  Follow us on Instagram for the latest information.

Residential Students

Connect with SMCs

Live on-campus and looking for community? Be sure to connect with the Student Ministry Coordinators in your area—we are here to serve you! Check out this link to sign-up for small groups, meet with Pastor Kelsey or an SMC, or to request more information about all of our great ministries! Follow us on Instagram for more info: First Year Halls: @ashnettsmcs // Second Year+ Halls: @emerhillsmcs

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

Group Spiritual Direction

Led by Chaplain Lisa Ishihara or Pastor and Spiritual Director, Jen Manglos.

University Ministries invites you to join faculty and staff members across campus for monthly group spiritual direction. This 1-hour meeting will provide a communal confidential space for people to discern the work of God in each person’s life and encouragement to respond to the invitations God is offering, in community together. There are 3 options you can choose from:

  1. FLAGG Group Option 1 meets: Wednesdays at noon (Sept. 28; Oct. 19; Nov. 9) - groups will meet in person.
  2. FLAGG Group Option 2 meets: Thursdays at 3pm (Sept. 29; Oct. 20; Nov. 10) - groups will meet in person.
  3. Option 3 - If you had a group in mind, you can email Chaplain Lisa at to "Choose Your Own Adventure" If you have a small group of people you would like to meet with, you can form your own group, come as part of a department or cohort of some kind and we will pair you with a spiritual director for 3 sessions."

Please note the option you are selecting in the box. Thank you!

½ Day Spiritual Care and Solitude Retreats

Join faculty and staff across campus for a ½ day retreat from 10am-2pm. We will either meet on campus or at a local place of beauty. This will be a guided time of spiritual reflection and care guided by spiritual directors and Chaplain Lisa. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. Cost: $10 and scholarships are available.  Sign up here: 1/2 Day Spiritual Care and Solitude Retreat Registration Form


Church and Community Partners


The John Perkins Center serves in partnership with CCDA Pacific Northwest Regional Network to inspire, train and connect around CCDA community work and philosophy. You are invited to  join the monthly meetings, the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 4p (pacific). To learn more about our monthly meetings and other opportunities, sign up for the CCDA PNW email list.

Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast

The John Perkins Center is honored to be a member of the organizing committee for the 10th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast.  This community-event will feature keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, from Chicago, and several local community members, recognized for their contributions to the region.  For information on the event and tickets, please visit the event website.

Annual Perkins Lecture Series

In the spring quarter, the John Perkins Center at SPU hosts an annual lecture series focused on topics of reconciliation and faith. Local church and ministry partners are welcome to join the events. Information will be available as we approach the event.