Young Adult and College Ministries
Attending university can be an important time in an individual’s spiritual journey. The Episcopal Church in Minnesota is committed to supporting students on their walk through higher education through both faith community-based community as well as specialized campus ministries.
Celebrating and Sending High School Grads
During graduation season, it’s important to celebrate and send our high school seniors on the next steps in their journey. Here are some resources for celebrating and sending:
You can pray for high school graduates during the Prayers of the People. Feel free to pray for all students who will be graduating high school and insert the names of folks from your faith community who are graduating. Think broadly: make sure to ask about folks' children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews, neighbors, etc.
Many faith communities give gifts to high school graduates: laundry baskets & rolls of quarters, special books or blankets with school colors are all examples of gifts that ECMN faith communities have given to grads.
Remember that while for many graduates the next step is college, this is not true for all. Be sensitive to the fact that young adults are called to many distinct paths and celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of all whether they are called to college, vocational training, a gap year, the workforce, the armed forces or some other path.
As Christians we are sent people - and there is no clearer point of sending than when young adults graduate from high school. Whether folks are moving across the city, across the country or staying at home, ECMN wants to know where folks will be so that we can connect them to new opportunities like campus ministry, camp counseling, pilgrimages and programs like Episcopal Service Corps and Young Adult Service Corps.
Please fill out this secure form to share info about you or someone from your faith community. We will be in touch with introductions to new opportunities.
No matter where you are studying in Minnesota, there is an opportunity to get involved with a faith community. The contacts below are navigators who will share info with students on how to get involved. They are also available to meet up to welcome you to town and be a resource.
Schools served: University of Minnesota, MCTC, Augsburg College, Hamline University, Twin Cities Area community colleges
In Minneapolis there are a variety of traditional Sunday morning faith communities in addition to an Episcopal Campus Ministry. Steve can help you find a fit that's right for you.
Email Steve Mullaney (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get connected!
Schools served: Macalester College, Bethel College, St Paul College, St Thomas, Concordia, St Kate's, Metro State
In St Paul there are a variety of traditional Sunday morning faith communities in addition to a Sunday evening (Dinner Church link: http://www.dinnerchurchcollective.net/). Jennifer can help you find a fit that's right for you.
Email the Rev. Jennifer McNally (email@example.com) to get connected!
Schools served: St Cloud State, St Cloud Tech, St John's University, College of St Benedict.
Email the Rev. George Ham (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get connected!
Schools served: St Olaf, Carleton College
Email Mark Heiman (email@example.com) to get connected!
School served: UMD, St Scholastica, Lake Superior College
In Duluth there are many Sunday morning faith communities. Marta can help you find a fit that's right for you.
Email the Rev. Marta Maddy (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get connected!
START A COLLEGE MINISTRY
For resources in starting a college ministry at your local university or community college please contact Steve Mullaney (email@example.com)
University Episcopal Community, Minneapolis area
The University Episcopal Community (UEC) is a ministry of the people who study, work, and live at the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. The University Episcopal Community meets at Grace Lutheran (324 Harvard St SE) in the Peace Chapel on Sundays at 4:30 PM and for soup lunches from 11am until 2pm on Tuesdays. We are located just south of the intersection of Washington and Harvard. Major landmarks nearby include the Espresso Expose coffee shop (on the corner of Washington & Harvard) and the U of M medical center.
To learn more about campus ministry in the Episcopal Church:
To find an Episcopal campus ministry:
To learn about campus efforts around Minnesota, email Missioner for Young Adult & College Ministry Steve Mullaney at firstname.lastname@example.org.