A Current Student's Perspective on Faith & Community
I awake each day and start moving, working, studying - always searching for stimulus - rarely do I hear God, who speaks often quietly. The busier I get, the more I do not listen - until, surprised, I realize I am not on solid ground anymore. Emotionally, physically, spiritually, I have drifted. My first week of college was like that: unstable ground - a wild day of move-in, introductions, new people, an unfamiliar campus. It is all too easy to lose sight of that peace, that calm.
During the first months, I sought out St. Mike's Campus Ministry. I joined LINK, a student-lead meditation where, once a week, I relaxed with friends and reflected on the struggles and the trials of the year. As Christians, we offered our faith stories, laughed over shared experiences, and encouraged each other.
LINK was my doorway to a community. In November, I signed up for the Emmaus Retreat, offered by Campus Ministry in Stowe, VT. Interestingly, the spirit of that retreat still stays with me. I strongly urge you all to join this fall - a weekend away from campus, a powerful set of reflections - you find yourself energized; you make lasting relationships. My good memories lingered into the spring and when the retreat was offered again in March, I joined Team, a group of leaders who structure the program. This time, I watched a retreat which had rejuvenated me, impact others. And in a memorable way, I gave back to this college what it had offered me - community, friendship, and a doorway to adult faith.
These years at St. Mike's are yours: seek peace here, seek rest. Each day, this ministry reminds us that to live the call: love and serve.