A New Campus Ministry Takes Root in Province V!
Greetings in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Mother of us all. For those of you I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, my name is Ben, and I just started a new call here in Province V. I probably know many of you though because until now, I have already been serving in the Province for the last seven years through the Diocese of Chicago with the Lutheran/Episcopal South Loop Campus Ministry. I now find myself here in the Diocese of Michigan, and for me this is a homecoming of sorts since I’m originally from Southeast Michigan.
The call that has brought me here is to cultivate a Lutheran/Episcopal campus ministry presence at Wayne State University, Henry Ford College, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. While these three schools are unique, I am confident that we will be able to build a cohesive community across the Metro Detroit area. Much of my confidence comes from the fact that I have experience with this type of ministry from my time in Chicago where I served an ecumenical, urban, multi-campus ministry. Getting the chance to continue this work full-time in a place like Metro Detroit that I love so much was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
So without any further adieu, I am excited to announce that the new campus ministry we are developing here in Prov V is called All.together! I know you might be wondering what’s with the period? And no, the period in the middle of our name is not a typo. That is a purposeful punctuation mark to communicate that in our community all are welcome, period. It is from this radically inclusive welcome that our community will grow to become a place where we boldly live out our belovedness together.
This campus ministry is a testament to the steps that the Lutheran and Episcopal churches have made to be more rooted in the Gospel that welcomes and affirms all people. We are an example of the fruit that can grow from such rootedness, and we are proud represent on campus and not hold back an ounce of welcome or celebration no matter a person’s race, religion, class, age, ability, documentation status, criminal record, mental or physical health, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
In these first couple of months we have been spending much of our time developing our campus ministry identity, building visibility with people in the Diocese of Michigan and the Southeast Michigan Synod, and forming relationships on campus with students, staff and faculty. We have even had our first events with students! You’ll see below pictures from our weekly Saturday service opportunity with the Cathedral Church of St. Paul where we help prepare and distribute a hot lunch to our neighbors in need, as well as our first campus ministry trip to Hell, Michigan where we played some putt putt and even enjoyed a boat ride together.
This is just the beginning, and we have faith that there is so much in store for us. You can keep up to date with us by visiting our website all.togethercommunity.org and signing up for our e-news, or by following us on social media! Our Instagram handle is @all.togethercommunity and our Facebook handle is @all.togethercommunityFB. Also, if you would like to know more about our ministry, get more involved, or if you have a student to refer, please feel free to reach out to me via email or by phone; my contact information is in my signature below. As always, we covet your prayers as we do our best to gracefully accompany our students, faculty, and staff. Thank you for all the support as we begin to take root!
Rev. Ben Adams (he/him/his)