GSU Campus Ministry: Spiritual life 2010 wrap up

The fall semester opened doors for many new students at Grambling State University in 2010. Students who are connected with one of the many religious clubs had an exciting semester, with cultivation of faithfulness to their spiritual life. Campus ministry networks with not only Student Affairs but also Academic affairs, international students, and many off campus programs.

Campus ministry bridged the gap of the local community churches and the university by welcoming and being visible, to incoming and returning students, families, also the ministry staff, administrators and faculty.
In October United Campus Ministry attended the South Central Jurisdictional annual meeting in New Orleans of Black Methodist for Church Renewal.

Rev. Connie Breaux, serves as the vice president of the Louisiana Conference Black Methodist for Church Renewal Caucasus, and was recently nominated to the South Central Jurisdictional Nominating Committee.

Grambling student leadership brought awareness of the lost generation in the church via young adults in the local churches of all denominations. The students participated in dialogues and brainstormed ideas of how BMCR can implement a more structure system which will involve the young adults in the wider church.

After the young adults completed their stay with BMCR, Shelton Berry and Stavinoha Bradley gathered off to Atlanta as delegates to represent the HBCU and SCJ in the new launching of the Student Christian Movement at Morehouse. Upon the student leaders’ return we traveled off to Campus Ministry Review, where Shelton Berry is a student board member.

We presented a presentation of the year sharing, all the great transforming work of the students and the board members of GSU-Wesley Foundation serving GSU United Campus Ministry.

GSU Ministry has adopted Hope UMC in Monroe as an outreach project.

The ministry rendered two college Sunday services, where the students participate in leading the worship. We continue to serve the Methodist Children Home monthly at chapel.

Different leaders offer music, scripture and prayer. Each month various campus ministry clubs host chapel on behave of Grambling State University.

On Oct. 29, Spiritual Life launched a new social justice movement for Domestic Community Violence.

We found that within the community there is stalking going on toward our female students who live off campus.

The program will begin by early 2011, involving presently the School of social work, Counseling Center, Spiritual Life, the campus Police Dept. SGA, and the city of Grambling’s Mayor.

GSU United Campus Ministry has been blessed with student pastoral leadership; we have three licensed ministers from various denominations, such as Full Gospel Baptist, Church of God and Christ, Missionary Baptist and non-denominational.

The ministry awaits a new volunteer clergyperson from the Southern Baptist for the Southern Baptist Campus Minister.

New Fire, an ecumenical organization for various denominations, began in November, where two student leaders Rev. Stavinoha Bradley, president of GSU-SWAT in Spiritual life and Rev. Jonathan Allen, sophomore SGA president and former youth pastor of their home churches attended as the only HBCU students and will be assisting in this Ecumenical branch of ministry for young adults to have a place in the wider church.

There are 75 children from the International Angel Tree Fellowship of Prison Ministry which many clubs on campus are assisting with “Making A Child Smile.” The ministry has been asked by the National Headquarters to help find more churches willing to assist in the project.

Those interested in sharing the project with their hometown may contact GSU-SWAT leadership.

Spiritual Life at GSU would like to thank all who has supported the ministry with gifts and prayers. Thanks goes out to all the local churches who offered meals at Thanksgiving to students who were away from home.

Thank you for your generosity to St. Lucia during hurricane Tomas last month. The board of directors and the executive director sends special thanks to the Alumni Office for their gracious gift to the GSU United Campus Ministry.

Lets remember that this is the first week of Advent of the Christian year. A time to be in expectant of Christmas and the Miracle it offers the world. This week is Hope. What do you hope for this Advent?

Peace be with you and your Family!
To serve in the GSU Spiritual Life please contact Rev. Connie Breaux, executive director 318-274-3135 or breauxc@gram.edu.