Students and the Spiritual Life
Numerous resources are available to help students build a solid foundation for their faith and belief. The faculty of Gutenberg College are committed to supporting the students’ spiritual growth and well-being and to helping them understand the Bible and how to apply its message and principles to their lives. Yet, the faculty believe that students must come to terms with the claims of the gospel for themselves and, in the end, make decisions about what they believe about biblical Christianity. Therefore, Gutenberg College’s program does not require participation in particular worship or communal activities.
Gutenberg College seeks instead to provide a supportive environment where students can decide about worship and Bible study for themselves. The faculty are always ready to come alongside students to help them make choices about how to express and pursue their faith. Faculty, staff, and other students who are familiar with a number of churches (of various worship styles) within and outside the Eugene area are a valuable resource for new Gutenberg students looking for a church to attend while they are at the college.
Students will study some biblical texts as part of the Great Books curriculum. Students are also encouraged (but not required) to study the Scriptures outside course offerings, through Bible studies and discussion groups.
McKenzie Study Center
McKenzie Study Center (MSC), an institute of Gutenberg College, is a Christian ministry that seeks to help students (and others in the community) grapple with what it means to have a biblical worldview in the context of a generally post-Christian society. MSC is committed to providing a safe place for honest and open inquiry into life’s big questions (Who is God? What does it mean to be human? How does one’s faith relate to various aspects of life?) toward the end that each person’s faith will be biblical, true, and rational.
Student Mission and Service Opportunities
A variety of opportunities for student service are available in the Eugene/Springfield area. The following are recommended ministry organizations. (Descriptions are from the websites of the various ministries.)
- Catholic Community Services, http://www.ccslc.org/
Catholic Community Services takes an individualized, one-on-one approach to helping persons in poverty become better able to support themselves and their families. Our staff members become familiar with the specific strengths and unique needs of each family, use that knowledge and trust to help the family get connected with available resources, and then support them as they take positive steps forward.
- Episcopal Campus Ministries, http://www.uoecm.org/food-pantry.html
Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) is a community grounded in worship, prayer, service, and hospitality for the students, faculty, and staff of our local colleges and universities. Current UO, LCC, GC, or NCU students with ID are eligible to come to The Pantry (Food Pantry: 1329 E. 19th Street, Eugene, OR) on every distribution date. We are always looking for volunteers to help with stocking the shelves on Wednesdays and distributing the food on Thursdays.
- Eugene Mission, http://www.eugenemission.org/
The Eugene Mission is a wellness shelter providing meals, safe shelter, clothing, social services, and the restorative message of God’s love for homeless men, women, and children of the Eugene and Lane County communities.
- Hope Ranch, http://hope-ranch-ministries.com/about-us/mission-and-vision-statements/
Hope Ranch Ministries is a faith-based fellowship committed to providing safety, healing, and hope for survivors of human trafficking and intensive sexual trauma. We endeavor to provide a voice for those rendered mute by the horror of sexual exploitation. We honor every human being as a unique creation worthy of dignity and love.
- Hosea Youth Services, http://www.hoseayouth.org/
Hosea Youth Services exists to provide youth an alternative to chronic homelessness and unemployment.
- Jubilee Jail and Prison Ministry, http://jubileejail.org/
Jubilee Ministries is a faith-supported, non-denominational, non-profit ministry, dedicated to demonstrating God’s love to prisoners and their families all over the world—presenting them with the Good News of the Gospel—that there is a lasting freedom & an eternal pardon available through a personal relationship with our risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
- Love, Inc., Central Lane County, http://www.loveincclc.org/index.html
Love INC of Central Lane County is partnering with local churches and Christian volunteers from those church bodies who actively engage in verified service opportunities to show Christ’s love by practically helping people in need and transforming lives through building relationships. Love INC coordinates, clarifies, and verifies client requests to offer churches the opportunity to participate in God’s amazing work of touching and impacting lives in a local mission field while partnering with local assistance agencies. They serve in these general areas: prayer, meals, rides to appointments, yard work, packers, movers, stocking pantry shelves as folks transition from homelessness.
- St. Vincent De Paul, http://www.svdp.us/about-us/mission-history/
St Vincent De Paul assists the poor and those in need of consolation, seeking out and utilizing every resource. Being mindful of the sanctity and dignity of all, we know that any charitable work that advances those goals is within the mission of St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent de Paul is Lane County’s largest nonprofit human services organization. Founded in 1954, the agency helps over 84,000 individuals and families each year. St. Vincent de Paul is committed to providing comprehensive programs to alleviate poverty and help all individuals find a path out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.