.Ut - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 3, 1997
Religious groups, worship
promote spiritual interests
By Jason Stoffer
Daily Staff Reporter
This month, parents will send incoming University stu-
dents away to face wild parties, stressful all-nighters and
the challenge of finding a new circle of friends.
Gary Hardin, pastor of Packard Road Baptist Church,
emphasized that religion can help to ease this difficult
"It is real important to connect with others of faith,"
Hardin said. "Finding friends with a common faith in God
will give (new students) stability along with providing a
However, during their time at the University, many stu-
dents realize that their religious principles differ from
those of their parents, observed Pastor Ed Kraus of
University Lutheran Chapel.
"Students are apt to leave behind things imposed by
family and community," Kraus
said. "College is a time of _ _
expression of freedom where stu-,
dent must find their own spiritu- Studen
ality - this spiritual search pro- to leave b
vides an important part of per-
sonality and character." N.
Students are not alone in this.
search, said Len Scott, a
University liaison for ethics and
"Students should not be bash-
ful," Scott said. "There are lots of
religious and spiritual opportuni-
ties on campus."
If students or parents have personal concerns or prob-
lems regarding spiritual matters, Scott, who also serves as
a psychological and religious counselor at the University,
is available for free counseling.
Many of the University's religious opportunities are
based in houses of worship near campus.
Hillel is a valuable resource for Jewish students on cam-
pus. It houses 25 student groups and is designed to be not
just a synagogue, but a Jewish cultural center, says Rabbi
Rich Kirschen, Hillel's assistant director.
Muslim students at the University often use the Islamic
Center of Ann Arbor as a gathering place.
The mosque offers the five daily prayers, small study
circles on topics selected by the Imam and monthly
Grace Girvin, business manager of St. Mary's Catholic
Church, stressed that St. Mary's primary missioji is to
reach out to Catholic students on campus.
Eighty-five percent of its parishioners are students, and
2,000-2,500 people attend mass each weekend, Girvin
For gay and lesbian Christians on campus, Firs
Presbyterian Church offers Beacon, a Wednesday evert*
However, not all religious activities on campus are
based in houses of worship. Joining religion-based student
groups is another way for students to seek a spiritual con-
nection, Kraus said. He urged new students to "fird a
group that can give encouragement, support and mertor-
The groups on campus run the gamut from the Afr can
Christian Fellowship to Campus Crusade for Christ to the
Zoroastrian Students Association.
At Festifall in September, many of these organizat1
will be available for questions and membership inforn
Daniel Filstrup, a member of the University's Baha'i
Club, says his club tries to pro-
mote the principles of the Baha'i
faith on campus. Last year .t
S arOe a focused on promoting racial
unity, along with holding a num-
hiend things ber of service events.
= LSA senior Mohammed
rfamilyShukairy, President of the Mus
N.&_ " u. Student Association, says tha:t7
rutt- Muslim Student Association
- Len Scott "tries to encourage interaction
yliaison among Muslim students, and with
University aa big pool of different ethnicities,
strengthens relationships among
Muslims of different backgrounds."
In spite of all the religious resources on campus, many
students still remain apathetic toward religion, said
"When people come to college, I believe one of two
things happens," Filstrup said. "(Students) either beco ;
more involved or drift further from their religion."
Religion on campus is like a "double-edged swrd,"
"The college atmosphere provides great opportunities to
explore and learn about religion," Shukairy said.
"However, morality tends to decline significantly because
people feel it's a time of exploration and freeing them-
selves from societal standards."
"There is something for everyone at Michigan," said
Rev. Matthew Lawrence of Canterbury House. He tr
students not to settle for easy answers in their spirit
"Experiment, play and struggle with the tough qu s-
tions," Lawrence said, saying this will "help you appredi-
ate the many ways in which God can be discovered."
AJA DEKIEVA COHEN/Daily
LSA first-year student Andrea Morrow receives ashes on her forehead during an Ash Wednesday service on February 12 at St.
Mary's Catholic Church on Thompson Street.
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