Accessing Faith on Campus
One of the best practices I’ve learned—to keep my spiritual life afloat every day—is to just show up.
By: Nadine Jetrude Ragas
Sundays are blissful. After a long week of school, work, and social gatherings, I’ve designated Sundays to be my days off—my blissful Sundays. Like most, I go to church on Sunday mornings. Unfortunately, I’ve struggled, like many, to intentionally seek out fellowship, service, and worship outside of Sundays. It seems to be the easiest to compartmentalize being in fellowship and with God to a certain day of the week.
Yet King’s best traits include providing a space on campus where students can worship, gathering speakers over the lunch hour to hear those who tie in faith and current events in their talks, and hosting an evening prayer time. These traits make King’s distinct.
As a third-year, these events that King’s holds have become so normal to me that I have to pause to appreciate them sometimes. I often forget how unique it is that our school intentionally invites faith within our daily schedules, our campus, and our classrooms. Then, I am reminded of God’s presence in my life in small moments like when several of my professors start every class with a prayer and a Scripture reading.
One of the best practices I’ve learned—to keep my spiritual life afloat every day—is to just show up. Show up to Public Reading of Scripture, to Evening Prayer Services, to Refuge, and to guest speaker events during the lunch hour. To hear the Word read by faculty and students, or to pray out loud with everyone during evening prayers, or to worship with your peers are some of the moments that are filling not only to your King’s experience.
It’s no replacement for a church to go to King’s. Yet King’s can be a place to seek out fellowship, community, and service as we are sent to do each day.