Faith is a cornerstone of the mission of Wesleyan College, and we are deeply grateful for our long-standing relationship with the United Methodist Church and the spiritual grounding it provides. It is from this foundation of faith that we seek avenues and embrace opportunities for interdenominational and interfaith dialog and celebrate the many religious traditions represented at Wesleyan.
The hallmark of campus ministry are the Wesleyan Disciples, founded by Rev. Bill Hurdle in 2005. Wesleyan Disciples, a Christian group of students committed to faith and service, are disciples of Jesus Christ and they agree to be Wesleyan Disciples with the following obligations:
- To plan and lead Sunday Chapel and all other worship services during the year.
- To participate weekly in a 50 minute theological or biblical study.
- To be involved in servant leadership through The Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service or in a chosen volunteer work.
- To be an example of health and wellness with special reference to personal habits
Students who commit themselves to the Wesleyan Disciples are rewarded with $1,000 faith and service scholarships.
The Wesleyan Disciples is a group of faithful Christian women who vow to be a light unto others by expressing God’s love, promoting interfaith dialogue and acceptance. We are committed servant leaders within the Wesleyan community and the greater community. Using our God given gifts, we strive to achieve spiritual, mental, and physical growth as well as encouraging the same in others.
Wesleyan Disciples strive to be a strong inclusive Christian community of dedicated women who express the love of God through faith, service, and commitment to personal and spiritual growth.
Campus Ministry Assistants
Introduced in Fall 2014 and made possible through a grant from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), the Campus Ministry Assistants (CMAs) is a team of dedicated students who represent the diversity of the Wesleyan community. CMAs host weekly gatherings in their respective residence halls, taking great care to create a welcoming and safe space in which the students feel comfortable and supported. In these gatherings, the students are encouraged to explore their gifts, and reflect on the ways in which those gifts can be expressed and shared. CMAs also offer techniques for managing stress, and create a safe environment for spiritual formation and interreligious dialogue. Additionally, CMAs meet with students one-on-one to offer a listening ear, an open heart, and a word of encouragement.
The Council for Religious Unity
The Council for Religious Unity (CRU) is a student organization charged with opening the channels of communication necessary for these deeper conversations. Each week, CRU hosts activities and events that celebrate not only dates important to the Christian year, but festivals and holy days from many of the world’s great religions.
Campus Ministry Organizations
Religious life at Wesleyan College is further enhanced by several additional campus ministry organizations which offer bible studies, worship experiences, trips, retreats, and social activities. These include the Wesley Foundation, the campus ministry organization sponsored by the United Methodist Church; Baptist Collegiate Ministries, sponsored by the Georgia Baptist Convention; the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Reformed University Fellowship.
Pierce Chapel is a sacred space dedicated to the creation of a campus community of respect, love, and understanding through prayer, worship, dialogue, learning, and service. Programming includes Sunday evening services, monthly mid-week services, monthly Taizé services, regular bible studies as well as other classes and events aimed at spiritual formation. Communion services are held each month presided over area clergy. Special services that mark the liturgical year are celebrated, and convocations centered on the theme of social justice are conducted. The chapel also hosts lectures by eminent theologians and scholars, as well as inspiring concerts and community programs