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About the Center

The Center for University Ministry is an ecumenical student ministry that serves Indiana University on behalf of five denominations: the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Church of the Brethren, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church. Despite the Center's denominational support, you don't need to be affiliated with any of the Center's supporting denominations to participate in the Center's activities. We welcome anyone from the Indiana University and Bloomington communities to see what we have to offer.

Because the Center is a campus ministry, students are at the heart of many of the Center's activities. Each year, the Center involves students in coordinating activities through the appointment of a Ministry Team. Students are involved in worship planning, student fellowship and outreach, choir organization and direction, and a wide variety of other activities. Students, however, are not the only people involved in the Center. The congregation is made up of people from all parts of the Bloomington community, including University faculty and staff and those with no University affiliation at all.

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Worship and Special Services

**No Worship This Semester**

The Center offers ecumenical worship services at 10:30 a.m. A number of special prayer services are held each semester to commemorate persons of conviction and social action, to remember martyrs of the faith, to pray for peace and justice, to celebrate diversity of race, culture, and religion, and to seek healing and reconciliation.

Community Service & Social Justice Activities

So that outreach projects are not simply exercises in charity, the Center facilitates reflection on the experience of service, and its relation to systems of inequality and privilege. Integration of faith and values with critical social and economic analysis is crucial to effective service with social consciousness.

Sites and opportunities for service and social justice activities may include

  • Middle Way House
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Cultural Immersion Mission Projects
  • Students Against Sweatshops

Diversity Awareness & Dialogue Groups

Diversity is certain; conflict is optional. Although society is marked by gender, racial, class, and ethnic discrimination, we at the Center are committed to formation of persons who will become agents of change and reconciliation. By raising awareness of the dynamics of bias and prejudice, we are better able to promote justice. By openly exploring our differences, we begin to appreciate and celebrate our diversity.

Dialogue groups examine a variety of issues depending on the needs of the community or the desires of students. One offering is the Interfaith Dialogue Series presented by leaders in the faith community to examine the differences and similarities of a number of religious traditions.

Spiritual Development & Faith Development

Doubts are normal and skepticism plays a healthy role in student development. Major concerns may include family and relational difficulties, depression, or self-esteem issues as students seek meaning and purpose in their lives. The Center provides safe space for students to ask questions and raise concerns, to explore their experiences of God and their expressions of faith. Ministers are available for the following:

  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Centering Prayer/Meditation
  • Women's Study & Spirituality
  • Bible Study

Because the Center is an ecumenical ministry, working on behalf of five denominations and serving a diverse body of students, the activities of the Center reflect the diversity of its makeup. Recognizing the individual nature of the experience of God, the Center seeks not to tell you what to believe, but to create a community of faith in which it is safe to ask questions and find your own answers.

Center for University Ministry
1514 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 332-3386 fax (812) 332-4803

Activities of the Center are available to all without regard to age, gender, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, relationship to the University, or the Center's supporting denominations.

If you have comments or suggestions about this web page, please e-mail us at ministry@indiana.edu