Coming to college from a religious household can be difficult at first. Things may seem overwhelmingly different from how they were back home, and, often times, you are exposed to more people from differing backgrounds and worldviews.
Alternatively, the situation could be reversed. Some students reach college and decide to either change their faith or find a new one. In either case, there are many organizations here on campus to help you learn about different beliefs and even express your own. Though the number grows by the semester, here are nine faith based organizations on campus:
- Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM)
- One of the largest religious organizations on campus, BCM has been a part of UWF for almost as long as the college has been open. It even has its own building on the outside of campus, right next to the water tower. Despite the title, BCM welcomes all denominations of Christianity, not just baptist and they meet every Thursday night at 7 for a few hours of praise music and a short lesson.
- Jewish Student Association (JSA)
- A relatively newer organization, JSA is a safe place for practitioners of Judaism from all over to come and connect with each other. They also welcome those who simply want to know more about the faith as well as their practices. Those interested can reach out to them through Argopulse to join.
- Buddhist Club
- While not a religious organization, this club offers teaching and discussion on the topic of Buddhism for all of those interested. The club welcomes all students no matter background or faith to build a friendly and welcoming campus. While they do not have a meeting place currently, you can reach out to them through Argopulse or their international website here.
- Catholic Campus Ministries (CCM)
- Hosted by Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, this organization is for students on campus who identify with, or are interested in, the Catholic denomination of Christianity. They meet every Sunday at their host church at 11 a.m. and every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
- Christ For All
- Under the supervision of Scenic Hills church, this group aims to construct a safe place for those of the Christian faith to connect and mingle as well as try to get students connected to a “home church” here in Pensacola. They meet Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the University Commons, room 259.
- Christians United for Israel on Campus (CUFI)
- Closer to a club or political organization than a faith group, CUFI hopes to bring Christians on campus together to speak up in favor of the Jewish people, and against antisemitism. Teaching leadership and communication skills to further this goal, this group meets at the Pace Assembly of God.
- Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
- Starting in 1995, this group was formed to invite open and safe faith-based discussions on modern problems. Topics include social justice, addiction, and redemption, all with follow-up from the Bible. This group meets in room 272 in the Commons at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday.
- The Point
- Meeting in the Voodoo BBQ and Bonfire Pizza just off campus and providing a much needed meal to attendees, this group teaches Christianity from the Episcopal denomination’s point of view. The Point meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m.
- For Christians of the Presbyterian denomination, Ukirk allows for an open community for them to discuss and practice the unique traits of their faith. While they have a variable meeting time and place, you can reach out to them on Argopulse to join.
These are just a few of the dozens of faith based organizations here on campus. To find out more, each of them have a page on Argopulse, accessible through MyUwf.