When you’re looking at Christian universities, it’s important to find out what opportunities you’ll have to put your faith into action. At a Lutheran, Christian university like Concordia-Chicago, nurturing students’ spiritual lives is an essential piece of the college experience—it’s part of finding your vocation, forming lifelong friendships and learning to be an ethical leader. Here are just five of many ways to engage with your faith at CUC.
- Spiritual Life: Under the umbrella of Spiritual Life, students plan a wide range of events, including retreats, Bible studies, speakers, concerts, fellowship events and other spiritual activities. This group also supports the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Prayer and Praise teams. Follow them on Instagram to stay in the know about upcoming events.
- Service-Learning Opportunities: Through this type of hands-on learning, you can serve those in need. Service projects and outreach events include ministry to urban youth, prison literacy programs, nursing home ministry, and support for the homeless and the developmentally disabled. You may also have the opportunity go on mission trips to other parts of the country or even internationally.
- Daily Chapel: Do you ever wish you had a little more time each day for reflection and prayer? At CUC, you don’t even have to plan it—it’s already carved out for you through daily Chapel. Each weekday from 11-11:20 a.m. is reserved for this traditional worship service featuring a variety of musical styles. A quiet, meditative prayer service called Taizé occurs every few weeks. As part of the University's strong extended faith community, guest preachers regularly include LCMS pastors, CUC theology faculty and other spiritual leaders.
- Music Ministry: Concordia-Chicago has built a faith community focused on celebrating Christ through the University's renowned music ensembles. Members of the music ministry lead in a variety of capacities around campus and across the country. Even if you’re not a music major, you can join a music ensemble! There are plenty of ways for non-performers to take part, too, including attending free concerts and special services, like the Christmas favorite Lessons & Carols.
- Concordia Youth Ministry: The CYM teams are passionate about inspiring the next generation. They meet weekly for team-building and to plan events for youth, like lock-ins and retreats. You’ll develop leadership skills as you work with junior and senior high school student groups from around the region to build positive, Christ-centered relationships.