Amid Kosher pizza, Bibles, KFC and hip-hop music, over a dozen on-campus religious groups at UM sought to expose students to the religious options that exist at UM at the semi-annual Chaplain’s Association Fair, held Tuesday on the UC patio.
“We want to let students know that we care for them,” said Father Frank Corbishley of the Episcopal Church Center. “These [religious] centers should be students’ home away from home.”
The Wesley Foundation, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Catholic Campus Ministry and the Hillel and Chabad Jewish organizations were among the groups that shared worship service times, community service activity ideas and social events that are planned for the semester.
According to organizers, the groups have agreed for years to put aside their differences and come together whenever possible to benefit UM students, despite the diversity of the organizations and beliefs represented.
“We involve ourselves in the day-to-day activities dealing with faith and life, heart and mind,” says a portion of the mission statement of the Chaplain’s Association.
“We try to talk about issues relevant to students’ lives and scripture,” said Silvia Tarafa, director of the Campus Catholic Ministry. “We want to reach as many people as possible.”
Some UM students who are affiliated with the religious groups assisted the leaders and organizations in talking to others.
“I, as a student, am trying to raise campus awareness about the Baptist College Ministries,” said UM student Becky Varreth. “Some people don’t realize that the Baptist College Ministries is located on campus. We’re letting people know.”
“I’m a freshman and I’d like to see more new students like me getting involved. We eat, hang out and talk about important things,” freshman Cynthia Jeyapaul said. “These groups are a great alternative to the Miami ‘party scene.'”
Students are encouraged to contact the organizations in which they are interested.
Jacklyn Lisenby can be contacted at j.lisenby@umsis.Miami.edu.
Organization Contact Information
Athletes in Action
Baptist Collegiate Ministry
Campus Crusade for Christ
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Fellig
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
Rev. Joe Lortie
Christian Science Organization
Dr. Carol Warburton
The Episcopal/Anglican Church Center
Fr. Frank Corbishley
Hillel Jewish Student Organization
Rabbi Samuel Bregman
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Lutheran Campus Ministry
Pastor Arnold Perry
St. Augustine Church/Student Center
Fr. Bernard Kirlin
The Wesley Foundation
Delano M. McIntosh