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United Campus Ministry holds open house for prospective students
From weekly Thursday Supper and Saturday Lunch to a winter service trip to South America, United Campus Ministry, 18 N. College St., has old and new projects planned for this year.
“(UCM) is a place where someone can walk in the door and immediately feel welcome and safe and where everyone is accepted for his or her faith and beliefs,” said Anne McGlamery, intern for UCM, president of Thursday Supper and a senior studying history. “It is a place I am honored to have been a part of and some place that will forever inspire where I go in the future.”
Those looking to get involved with UCM are invited to attend the Open House Thursday afternoon, said Melissa Wales, executive director of UCM.
“The Open House is a great opportunity for people to see the different service projects and internship programs we offer at UCM,” Wales said. “They can also experience Thursday Supper and the Interfaith Impact discussion group following the Open House.”
Thursday Supper is one example of the lasting programs at UCM and will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Oct. 17, McGlamery said.
One of the best aspects of the UCM programs is how it extends beyond the university and helps the community, said Krista Mobley, intern for UCM and a senior studying global studies.
“Speaking towards the weekly Thursday and Saturday lunches, food security is a major issue in Athens and we have a place where volunteers can come out and serve,” Mobley said. “I get more from what I’m doing because it’s helping the community, not just the university.”
One of the most popular projects continuing into the new school year is the watershed cleanup campaign partnered with the Monday Creek Watershed Restoration Project, Wales said.
“There is a problem in this area with people dumping trash into creeks and ravines, and it ends up hurting the water supply,” Wales said. “A lot of students like to travel with us for a day of cleaning and a pizza dinner after working hard.”
Being involved in various UCM activities also provides a space to learn about yourself, Mobley said.
“I don’t have a faith tradition that I’m practicing at the moment,” she said. “But being around so many different beliefs helps me learn from others, and that leads to learning about myself.”