Progressive Christian Student Groups

Upcoming Events:

Homelessness Awareness Week, Feb 27-Mar 3 – for more info contact Angie Mendoza – angiemendoza2013@gmail.com

CONOCIMIENTO:  Alternative Spring Break experience in Arizona, Mar 11-18 – progressive Christian activism for border justice – contact Jim Burklo at burklo@usc.edu

Ash Wednesday Ecumenical Christian service:  Wed Mar 1, noon, Tommy Trojan

MINDFUL CHRISTIANITYAsh Wednesday, Wed Mar 1, 5 pm, URC Fishbowl – introduction to progressive Christian mindful spiritual practices for Lent, and book “launch” for MINDFUL CHRISTIANITY, new book by Jim Burklo

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WE ARE Christians and other friends @ USC who follow Jesus’ way of love, growing in spirit and service to others — through these campus ministries:
Academic Bible Study, Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry, Compline at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lutheran Campus Ministry at St. Mark’s Church, and United University Church. Join our Facebook group

In loving fellowship, we follow in the historic traditions of Christian faith, interpreting them in light of social and scientific progress. We find grace in intellectual 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 aim to help 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.

More at
progressivechristianity.org

Academic Bible Study — Advisor: Rev. Jim Burklo – burklo@usc.edu .
Student leader: Angie Mendoza – angiemendoza2013@gmail.com . 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.

Canterbury USC Foundation – Episcopal Campus Ministry — Director: Rev. Dr. Glenn Libby, glibby@usc.edu , Student leader: Alexander Clarke, anclarke@usc.edu . Combining strong liturgy and ancient tradition with open-mindedness, the Episcopal Church on campus invites a wide diversity of persons into an active, contemporary community of faith. It especially seeks to be a safe place for uncertain explorers as well as for those who are firm in their beliefs.

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 stjohnsla.org or email Liz McQuitty at churchoffice@stjohnsla.org.

Lutheran Campus Ministry at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church , 3651 S. Vermont, Los Angeles, across the street from the USC campus at 36th Place by Taco Bell. Director: Rev. Matt Keadle, matt.keadle@gmail.com . The Lutheran Campus Ministry is a worshiping Christian student community across the street from USC’s campus, integrated with St. Mark’s Church. It partners with “A Community Place” on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-1 pm to pack lunches for the hungry, distribute them, and work in a community garden. Worship: 10 am Sundays at the church: www.stmarksla.org

United University Church Director: Rev. Brian Gaeta-Symonds — brian@uuc-la.org . 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 uuc-la.org .