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Students, faculty, and staff are invited once a week to attend these campus worship services that include music, prayer, and teaching. The campus pastor, members of the community, and speakers from across the country and around the world engage our hearts and minds with the truth of Scripture and challenge us to live it out in practical ways. A variety of worship styles drawn from various traditions, from classical to charismatic, African-American to Hispanic, liturgical to contemporary, make each service something unique.
Chapel takes place every Wednesday morning at 10:30 in Anderson Chapel.
Watch past chapel services here
THEREFORE: UMIN THEME 2014-2015
collegelife is a dynamic student-driven weekly encounter with God. with oversight by the collegelife coordinator, student leaders propel the major components and ethos of the service. collegelife is held weekly on sundays at 8:00pm in anderson chapel.
pdf of craig's last message here
watch videos of collegelife here
Global Partnerships provides students with opportunities for cross-cultural experiences that expand their faith, their views of the world and their commitment to a lifestyle of justice. Through partnership trips that go out over spring and summer breaks, students travel all over the world learning, building relationships and serving. These trips are open to students from all backgrounds, religious traditions and levels of experience.
As a program of University Ministries, Global Partnerships seeks to transform students to impact the world for God.
Through Global Partnerships we hope to give students a love for the global church and a passion for serving in cross-cultural contexts. We want Global Partnerships to be an experience where students can live out Micah 6:8, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God,” both on campus and around the world. We seek to be a blessing to our global partners through service, prayer and encouragement, just as they continue to be a blessing to us through their teaching, example and hospitality.
The Sankofa experience combines readings, films, class lectures, conversations and culminates in a 60-hour bus pilgrimage, not unlike the historic Freedom Rides of the Civil Rights Movement. Focusing on the cultural constructions of race (i.e. "whiteness" to "blackness"), we explore the dimensions of the struggle for racial justice during the Civil Rights era and its contemporary implications. We also seek to provide experiences that lead to personal transformation regarding the difficult questions surrounding race and justice.
Undergraduate students have the option of participating in the Sankofa Experience as a two-credit class (AS-2540) during the Spring semester pending successful completion of an application and interview process. The program is facilitated as a joint venture of the Collaboratory for Urban and Intercultural Learning and University Ministries.
Sankofa can also be taken as a two-credit class (AS-2540) during the Spring semester pending successful completion of an application and interview process.
The dates for this year's Sankofa are February 20-23,2014.
Interviews will be held in Marcus Simmons' office in the Collaboratory unless otherwise stipulated by Steve Kelly.
The Sankofa program is financially supported by University Ministries.
You can apply HERE
Under the direction of Steve Kelly, student worship teams draw the North Park community into a posture of worship and praise. The worship and arts ministry values various cultural expressions of worship with an ethos of connecting with God and the world He loves.
Directed by Steve Kelly and Helen Hudgens and open to all singers, the Gospel Choir performs contemporary sacred music from the spiritual and gospel genres. A select ensemble of singers, drawn from the choir by audition, serves as a touring ensemble for the group. Performance opportunities include concerts, chapel services, and worship services at local churches. This group is open to music majors and non-music majors; no audition is required.
IN HIS PRESENCE
The worship team recently released a new album available for free download at the following link: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/northparkuniversity
Listen to the album here
Prayer plays an important role in University Ministries, and a variety of opportunities exist for students. A 24-hour prayer room is located near the UMin office and provides a place for students to get away and pray at any time. Contact Amy Oxendale with any questions you may have or with ideas for prayer gatherings you would like support for.
Small groups for this fall semester started the week of September 16th. If you are interested in being a part of a small group on campus contact Amy Oxendale to ask about your options.
Small Groups is one way we seek to do life together and grow as followers of Jesus. They are a way grow deeper in faith, in our self-understanding, and in fellowship with others. Choosing to live intentionally off-center lives is not easy, but we don’t have to do it alone. Being plugged into a Small Group is one way to walk this journey with others.
Urban Outreach serves the North Park University community by creating and facilitating opportunities for city-wide civic engagement. Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to volunteer with various nonprofits and interest groups through three main tracks that serve as avenues of engagement: presence, policy and programming.
arms of engagement
download program booklet
To inspire, inform and invite North Park University students, faculty and staff to engage the city of Chicago as contemplative activists who effect change and transformation in our urban context: Significance and service.
The contemplative is someone who exercises careful reflection with regard to their faith and values. The activist is someone who acts upon their faith and values and effectively embodies them in the world.
We believe that the urban community around us possesses great assets that the North Park community can learn from and appreciate. One of the methodological tools we utilize in seeing these assets actualized is called Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) proposed in a seminal article by Jody Kretzmann and John McKnight.
Asset based community development “starts with what is present in the community, the capacities of its residents and workers, the associational and institutional base of the area--not with what is absent, or with what is problematic, or with what the community needs.” Reprinted with permission of John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight, pp. 1-11, from Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets, Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy Research (1993).
Our vision is to help foster a dynamic environment where faith undergirds both service and learning.
Inspired by our core institutional documents and the Bible, North Park University Ministries fosters lives of significance and service by engaging students and the campus and equipping leaders for the purpose of extending the kingdom of God. We do this through the formation of strategic alliances and partnerships, relevant proclamation of the word in the context of a dynamic and engaging worship services (Chapel & CollegeLife), safe and nurturing formational groups, and the provision of meaningful curricular and co-curricular opportunities to engage the world around us—locally, nationally, and globally.
Engage the Campus –to awaken the North Park University community to the vision of God—its opportunities and challenges—and provide creative, compelling, and accessible avenues of engagement for all to enter into the story of God. This means among other things, identifying and collaborating with individuals and departments who share the same vision and help others see and embrace the vision of God. We seek to find ways to present Jesus clearly to all for consideration.
By Equip we mean -- Intentional efforts to prepare the North Park University community especially leaders to engage the culture around them for the purpose of influencing it for God. As we learn from Eph 4: 12, one of the chief role of a biblically grounded leadership is to equip God’s people for work of service to build the body up and keep it grounded in the faith. We hope as a result, we will grow in our understanding of who we are, who God is, in our understanding of others, and the world around us.
One of our responsibilities as the people of God is to extend his domain here on earth. To this end, we pray that the Lord’s kingdom will come and his will will be done here on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4). In addition to praying, we extend the kingdom of God, as a department, by providing meaningful opportunities for students and the campus at large to put our faith into action. Through University Ministries, we have the privilege to engage the world around us—Chicago, United States and globally.
Judy Peterson is the campus pastor for North Park University. She comes to this role after previously serving congregations in Madison, Wisconsin and Elgin, Illinois. Judy is passionate about communicating good news in everyday language and travels across the United States speaking to audiences about how to put feet to their faith. Her passion for walking it out took the form of walking across the United States for her internship toward her Master of Divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary. While the walk across the United States is how Judy first received the name "walking pastor" it is her day to day desire to walk into the lives of others that continues to make the title well deserved. Judy is happily married to Jeff Peterson.
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