Persecuted for Washing Feet

A Christian campus ministry group, Commissioned II Love, was sanctioned by Savannah State University in 2006 for “harassment” (e.g., sharing their faith) and “hazing” (they were practicing the Christian rite of foot-washing). The Alliance Defense Fund announces that the Christian group has won its fight (as any observer of these things knew they must).

Religion and College Students

Religious Engagement Among American Undergraduates. Recent studies of college students’ attitudes toward religion suggest that the academy is no longer the bastion of secularism it was once assumed to be. And these studies further reveal that the spiritual landscape on today’s college campuses is virtually unrecognizable from what we’ve seen in the past. Evangelicalism–often in…

“Missional”?

Ed Stetzer at LifeWay Research reflects on the meaning of the term, “missional,” made popular by folks in the so-called “emerging church.” I’m not sure his post answers the questions he throws out. He references the Wikipedia definition. He says it has become “a true wiki-word.” Practitioners, theoreticians, fans and foes are defining, defending, and…

Campus Ministry–Some Adventist History

This year Lutherans are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lutheran campus ministry; it was in 1907 that Howard Gold was called to serve as Lutheran campus pastor at University of Wisconsin, Madison. It was at University of Wisconsin in 1883 that the organization was founded for Catholic students, the Melvin Club; in 1903, a priest…

Defining Proselytism at Georgetown

Commonweal links to a Washington Post article about new religious policies at Georgetown University. Protestant groups were required to sign a statement affirming: While zeal for spreading the good news of the Gospel is a most worthy Christian virtue, there is increasing agreement among Christians today that proselytism, defined as any effort to influence people…

InterVarsity back at Georgetown

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship was banned last year by Georgetown University under suspicious circumstances. Many months of conversation have paid off, and the ministry has been restored. Christianity Today article; IVCF press release; Georgetown press release. A new “covenant” has been adopted for all Protestant ministries at the university. David Neff notes: “While IVCF had to…