Religious Life and Campus Ministry has a variety of programs that allows for the spiritual growth and development of students. We invite you to get involved and nurture your growth.
First Year Experience Retreat
The Religious Life/Campus Ministry First Year Experience Retreat is a retreat designed specifically with the first year student in mind; transfer students are allowed to attend. The intent of the retreat is to introduce first year students to Religious Life/Campus Ministry in a way that is relaxing, welcoming, and fun. We also desire to aid students as they begin the process of matriculation, alerting them to the possible pitfalls, yet instilling in them the endless possibilities through Christ.
This year’s Religious Life/Campus Ministry First Year Experience Retreat took place in Giddings, Texas at Camp Tejas. This retreat is intended for first year college students as well as transfers. The purpose of this retreat is to introduce the new students to Religious Life/Campus Ministry in a fun and welcoming way.
Holyween, is Religious Life/Campus Ministries’ alternative to Halloween. On this particular evening we gather in the Davage Durden Student Union, share in good food and play games. On occasion, some students will dress in costume. It’s a night of tremendous fun and fellowship.
Civility week is designed to address the manner in which students and the larger society ought to engage one another in an effort to create caring communities. Civility week consist of special speakers, a drama night where students participate in roll playing demonstrating caring behavior, movie nights and a mission project.
Soles 4 Souls
Campus Ministries started a shoe drive to donate shoes for the less fortunate. With the help of the Huston-Tillotson University family and Communnity, Campus Ministries was able to collect over 200 pairs of new and gently worn men’s, women’s and children’s sneakers, dress shoes, heels and/or slippers. Donations were taken to the Shelter for Battered Women and the Push Up Foundation for Men.
Free Fades & Braids
To celebrate the spirit of giving random acts of kindness and the love of God, Campus Ministries hosted an event entitled Free Fades & Braids. Students got the opportunity to enjoy a free haircut or got the chance to get “braided up.” The turnout of sixty-five students made the event well worth it. Students enjoyed the relaxing setting with music, snacks and good times with their fellow peers.
The 2010 Religious Life and Campus Ministries Appreciation Banquet was held on April 22. This banquet is held in recognition of all participants in Religious Life and Campus Ministry. Honorees this year were Ms. Yvonda Gaither, Director of Facilities Management for her .consistent dedication to Religious Life and Campus Ministries, and Coach Curtis Jones and the Men’s Basketball Team for thier faithful committment to the Thursday Chapel Hour.
The Ms. Easter Project
During the Spring Break for Christ Mission Trip, students had the opportunity to meet an 87-year old woman who was a victim of Hurricane Katrina. After spending some time with her, students discovered that she owed $2,000 on her mortgage, and still needed repairs on her home. They were so touched by her story that they were determined to make Ms. Easter their next mission project. Upon their return home they launched a project to raise the money to pay off her mortgage. The project began in late March of 2008 and in May they submitted the funds to the mortgage company paying off the mortgage for Ms. Easter.
Dells Children’s Hospital
In the Spring of 2010 twelve students visited the Dell Children’s Hospital where they played games with the patients, engaged in face painting and allowed their faces to be painted. It was a wonderful time of sharing and ministering to the children in the ward.
Spiritual Formation Hour
The Spiritual Formation Hour is a time when the Religious Life/Campus Ministry Staff gather for the purpose of self reflection, meditation and developing a deepening spiritual life. The group gathers at 6pm on an agreed upon date. While the Religious Life/Campus Ministry staff is required to attend the hour is open to anyone who would like to join.
Hip Hop 4 Jesus:Block Party 2010
This event occurs during the first year student’s orientation. Students get the opportunity to eat and play games such as four corners, ring toss, hit the pinata, and a hula hoop contest to let them know that you can still have a good time living out your faith in a college environment.
Spring Break for Christ Mission Trip
For the 2010 Alternative Spring Break Mission Trip, 8 students along with the University Chaplain traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the Seminar Program with the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church. The seminar focus was Peace & Justice with an emphasis on Gentrification. Students participated in workshops and engaged conversations with Senator Lloyd Doggett and the office of Senetor Kay Bailey Hutchison.They also engaged in service work with the Jordan House, a facility for the homeless with mental illnesses