Progressive Christians @ USC

Upcoming Events:

MEET AND GREET!  Start-of-the-year party at URC Courtyard, 4 pm, Sunday Aug 19.  Get to know the Progressive Christian Students @ USC.

Progressive Christian Worship:  Sundays at 4:00 pm, University Religious Center (URC), room 203, starting Aug 26.  A meditative, intimate, reflective, participatory worship for all USC students.

Academic Bible Study:  Mondays 7 – 8:30 pm, URC, room 106 F, starting Aug 27.  Studying the Bible from a non-doctrinal, historical perspective, and applying it to our lives.

Late Night Hot Meal Program:  a free meal for students who are “food insecure”, sponsored by and located at United University Church on campus, on Wednesdays at 9 pm.  Volunteer cooks/servers needed!  Contact Rev Matthias Peterson-Brandt for details.

Thursday Lunch Fellowship:  Good Karma Cafe, UUC courtyard, 12 – 1 pm. Come hang out with fellow Progressive Christians, share lunch, and be with community. Leave full and refreshed.

Progressive Christian Campfire:  circle up to engage with open-ended questions that bring us closer to God and each other.  For schedule, contact the advisor, Dr Wanjiru Gitau.

Contemplative Retreat:  A one-day experience of  Christian contemplative prayer practice in the desert.  Open to all students.  Contact student leader Jack Krone for details.

CONOCIMIENTO:  Alternative Spring Break experience in Arizona, Mar 9-16, 2019 – progressive Christian activism for border justice – contact Jim Burklo at


WE ARE Christians and other friends @ USC who follow Jesus’ way of love, growing in spirit and service to others — through these campus ministries:

In loving fellowship and spiritual practice, we follow in the historic traditions of Christian faith, interpreting them in light of social and scientific progress. We find grace in intellectual and contemplative engagement with our faith. We believe there is more value in questioning than in absolute answers: we take the Bible seriously because we don’t have to take it literally. We affirm that other religions can be as good for others as ours is good for us. We strive to make our earth a heavenly place of peace, justice, kindness, and beauty: we don’t believe anybody is going to hell. We affirm LGBT sexuality and we celebrate same-sex marriages.

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Progressive Christian Worship —  Advisor: Rev. Matthias Peterson-Brandt –  5 pm Sundays, URC 203, starting Aug 19.   A meditative, intimate, reflective, participatory worship for all USC students.

Academic Bible Study — Advisor: Rev. Matthias Peterson-Brandt –
Student leader: Jessica Harmon  – . Meets Mondays at 7 pm in URC 106F. Academic Bible Study is a Christian student fellowship that studies the Bible from a non-doctrinal, academic point of view, aiming to understand the contexts of the ancient communities from which its books emerged, and then creatively exploring the meanings we find in the texts that apply to our own lives.

Progressive Christian Campfire — Advisor:  Dr. Wanjiru Gitau.  What questions lead to spiritual growth, closer community, and deeper friendship?  What questions are worth savoring – pondering – considering – without being in a hurry for answers?  What questions take us deeper into our own hearts, and into the hearts of others?  How can we listen mindfully to others’ responses?  How can we help to create a culture of questioning on campus?  The Progressive Christian Campfire welcomes all USC students to circle ‘round and engage with open-ended questions that can bring us closer to God and to each other.  The advisor is Dr. Wanjiru Gitau, visiting scholar at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, and formerly a member of the ministry team at a megachurch in Nairobi, Kenya.

Compline – St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, corner Figueroa and Adams. Compline is among the most ancient services of the Christian tradition. It was originally designed in the 6th century to prepare monks to transition from work to sleep … through candlelight, through prayer, through stillness, through song.   Please join us for this 30-minute service of prayer and song by candlelight on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 9:00 PM. A time of food and fellowship will immediately follow service.  For more information, visit or email

Lutheran Campus Ministry at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, across the street from USC’s campus at 3651 South Vermont Avenue. It partners with “A Community Place”, a USC student group that provides sack lunches to hungry people at the church at 2pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Worship at 10am Sundays, Multigenerational Bible Study at 7pm Wednesdays:

United University Church Campus Engagement:  Director: Rev. Matthias Peterson-Brandt – Sunday Worship Service – 10:30AM; Wednesday Late Night Cafe – 9:00PM. UUC represents the Presbyterian and Methodist denominations: it is located inside USC’s campus. It offers a safe space for students to explore and grow in their faith: see its schedule of events at .