Spiritual life—growing in faith and following Christ in daily life—is important at CMU.
We encourage and facilitate this in a variety of ways.
Chapel is a time of worship that happens twice per week and is an integral part of community life. In chapel we gather together to express our common faith in Jesus Christ through music, prayer, Bible study, drama, and many other ways. Through these experiences of corporate worship, our individual spirits are nurtured and at the same time we are unified as a community. All students are encouraged to attend chapel and to participate with faculty and staff in the planning and delivery of the services. The CMU community meets for chapel on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:30 A.M. in the Chapel space located on the south campus.
Fellowship groups are small groups of students who meet regularly for the purpose of growing in relationship with God and each other. Fellowship group members care for and support one another through sharing and prayer. They also study the Bible, worship together, do service projects, and have social events, depending on the particular focus of the group. Meeting locations and times vary depending on group needs. Special focus groups (e.g., for married students, international students, off-campus students, survivors of violence, etc.) are organized where there is interest. Fellowship groups are organized at the beginning of each year by the Spiritual Life Facilitator.
Wednesday Night Worship
The Faith in Life committee is made up of students who plan and facilitate spiritual life events on campus. One of these regular events is Wednesday Night Worship. This is an informal time of worship where students gather to express their faith through singing, prayer, and Bible study. Wednesday Night Worship happens every Wednesday evening at 9:30 P.M. in the Conference Room on the south campus.
Other Meeting Opportunities
In addition to Chapel, Wednesday Night Worship, and Fellowship Groups, the CMU community meets regularly for Forums and Recitals.
Forums provide an opportunity to hear a variety of guest speakers and discuss social, political, international, and community issues. Forums happen on Mondays at 11:30 A.M. and take place in the Chapel on the south campus.
Recitals are opportunities for the CMU to hear music students in performance. They are celebrations of the accomplishments of those in music studies and represent a way for the broader community to provide support as students develop their musical skills. Recitals also provide a time of rest and nurture where our spirits are lifted as we enjoy great music. Recitals take place on Thursdays at 11:30 A.M. in the Laudamus Auditorium on the north campus.
Prayer rooms are located on the north (B322) and south (D20.1) sides of the campus for students and staff. They are peaceful places to take time out for private prayer and meditation.
Spiritual direction is the ministry of one believer accompanying another on their faith journey, helping him or her to be attentive to God in their life, to respond to God, and to grow in intimacy with God. A spiritual director is one who is uniquely qualified for this ministry by virtue of special training and careful attention to his or her own spiritual life. People involved in spiritual direction generally meet with a spiritual director once every 2-3 weeks. The conversation focuses on the directee’s unique experience of God in his or her life.
CMU encourages students committed to a closer walk with God to consider spiritual direction with one of several individuals who are trained in this area and are associated with CMU. Interested students are invited to contact the Spiritual Life Facilitator regarding referrals. Some cost may be involved.