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College Ministry

 

The three synods in Illinois remain the primary funding partners for our six staffed campus ministry agency sites, Illinois State, Normal; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb; Northwestern University, Evanston; South Loop, Chicago; University of Chicago, Chicago; and University of Illinois, Champaign. In addition, there are about twenty cooperating congregations in campus ministry, who intentionally engage with students, faculty, and staff at nearby colleges and universities. We invite your support at every level of our work, helping the local site, supporting your synod, and contributing directly to LCMI. On behalf of Bishops Clements, Miller, Roth, and our fellow board volunteers, thank you for your steadfast support!


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Finding a home away from home is not easy on a huge university campus. Neither is finding a place where one can ask the big questions of life without fear of being judged: Who am I? What is my purpose? Whom can I trust? To what or whom do I belong? What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of my life? Who is God and what does faith have to do with all this? What if I don’t know if I have faith? What if I have more doubt than faith?

St. Andrew’s is a place of welcome and grace — a place like home — to all who come through its doors. We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and also a Campus Center with ties to both the University of Illinois (we are an official Registered Student Organization) and to the broader church (we’re a member of the Lutheran Student Movement). Unique for a university campus: we are a church not of only students but of students who get a chance to mix and mingle with the very supportive permanent members of Champaign-Urbana who worship here, many of whom feel like surrogate parents and grandparents. Lots, but not all, of our people are affiliated with the university in some way.

Following in the way of Jesus, we welcome all without exception. We are a church Reconciled in Christ (we unequivocally support the LGBTQ+ community) and though our affiliation is Lutheran, we celebrate God’s diversity in culture, language, nationality, ethnicity, age, ability, gender, and orientation. We welcome your questions, your gifts, and your being.

We worship on Sundays at 10:30am during the academic year and at varying times in the summer. Our Council, made up of students, plans a great schedule of free food, fellowship, midweek evening contemplative worship, service and justice opportunities, study, and discussion through the year. See our Facebook Page or our FB posts on this web site for up-to-date happenings.