United Campus Ministry is an Ecumenical ministry supported by The United Methodist Church, The United Church of Christ, and The Presbyterian Church, USA. Our mission is to guide and support spiritual growth in the academic environment at The University of Minnesota-Duluth. We value: Christian tradition, diversity, peace & justice, community, and interfaith dialog.
BE A BRIDGE! The Be A Bridge event was in peaceful protest of the white supremacist group that gathered at the Civic Center. To "Be A Bridge" means to bring the community together and show that Duluth is a city where diversity is welcomed and valued! United Campus Ministry is involved in the community and values protests and rallies to show support for people in Duluth. We value diversity and work hard to help make Duluth and our University a safe place for everyone to live and get an education.
United Campus Ministry values and encourages Interfaith dialog. We have held three Interfaith Panels on campus. Duluth is rich in it's religious diversity and culture. Our panels consisted of students and faith leaders in the community representing Judaism, Bahai, Taoism, Christianity, Catholicism, Muslim, and Buddhism. We hope to offer more opportunities for students to learn about different religious and engage in discussions with people of differing faiths. We are many faiths and one community that must learn to live peacefully and respectfully with one another.
United Campus Ministry's Spring Interfaith panel was a huge success. We welcomed over a hundred students as we learned about different cultures and faith traditions. Students talked about their faith traditions of Judaism, Mormonism, Islam, and Native American Spirituality. They discussed how their faith has changed them, why they continue to stay in their tradition, what difficulties they struggle with, who have been their greatest mentors, spiritual practices they hold individually and communally, and how they see their specific faith tradition influencing and changing the world. As we listened, we were all reminded of the many differences we have, but even stronger, we were reminded of how similar we really are. One common thread from all the panelists was that their faith tradition teaches them to take care of the poor and those in our society that are left out. If we all work together to do this, we can truly make a difference in our communities and world.