Sending Students to College This Fall?

Sending Students to College This Fall?

by Casey Kloehn, Program Director, The Belfry; Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network (LEVN), Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry at UC Davis

Greetings from The Belfry, your Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis! As we approach the end of the school year, my prayers for our students are transitioning into excitement about where they’re headed next—even if it’s just home for the summer! My prayers also include all of the students in your congregations who are about to graduate from high school or college, and may be moving on to college or graduate school—maybe even at UC Davis!

As many of you may have experienced in your own lives (or in the lives of your children), campus ministry is a vital part of lifelong Christian formation. The connections we build here at our students’ home away from home stick with them throughout their college experiences and their adult lives. We’re a safe place for questions and concerns, a quiet place to study, a community full of laughter and—most importantly—a source of free food.

Is someone in your congregation headed off to college or graduate school? Have you encouraged them to get in touch with the campus ministry there? Have you considered reaching out to the chaplain to let them know your loved one is on the way? There are so many ways that congregations and campus ministries can work together to shepherd young adults through this next phase of faith and life, and this is chief among them. My colleagues around the country and I look forward to hearing from you!


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