Fall of 2017 began a new era in Campus Ministry at First Pres. Here Campus Ministries, UKirk@UM, is now a UKirk Ministry, connecting it with the strong national Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) network of campus ministries. Rev. Evans McGowan is the new Campus Ministries Coordinator working with two Resident Ministers, Eric Koenig-Reinke and Blair Buckley, as well as Peer Minister Essie Koenig-Reinke. As a team, we reach out to Michigan students as well as those on neighboring campuses. In addition, Resident Minister Rev. Dorothy Parks-Piatt coordinates our outreach to graduate and professional students and young adults.

At UKirk@UM we are building relationships with young adults who are thirsty for an authentic, welcoming community. Christ is calling us to meet with students wherever they are and to listen courageously to their stories. We look forward to thinking both compassionately and critically about how our Christian faith can respond to students’ personal lives, and challenge them to respond in service and to extend God’s justice and love to a hurting world.

Wrapping up the 2017-2018 School Year...

Campus Ministry celebrates another year of connecting with new students and sending off another graduating class. Congratulations to our University of Michigan graduates! May God bless you and keep you as you begin a new journey.

The Campus Ministry leadership learned a lot this year, the first year when the resident ministers played an integral role in leading the program. We tried new things, such as hosting our first successful ice cream social or "Michigan Meltdown" in April, serving nearly 40 students with the help of several volunteers, as well as joined together in an ecumenical dinner with the Lutheran, Reformed and Episcopal student groups. Taking into account these new events and ongoing connections with students, the leadership team is hard at work developing a Campus Ministry Plan that will refocus our abilities to reach more students while also building on existing small group strategies. We look forward to reaching more students next year, connecting them with the life of the church, and deepening our relationship with them and with God.

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