What does religious life have to do with a liberal arts education?
Building lives of purpose with distinction: That is the mission of Heidelberg. What is your purpose? How will you achieve distinction in your life? Students are attending a liberal arts school that was built to transform society. We started out training teachers and preachers in the Reformed Christian tradition. Now, we are much broader in our scope and related to the United Church of Christ, a progressive, activist movement. We are still committed to an education to make a positive impact in the world while supporting all students from a variety of faith/spiritual traditions.
What is the background of Heidelberg’s Campus Minister and what is his purpose?
Paul Sittason Stark is an ordained United Methodist Elder with membership in the West Ohio Annual Conference. He also works very closely with the Norwest Ohio Association and the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ. He is present for everyone as a chaplain to encourage students in their spiritual quest. Roman Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Agnostic, Atheist? He supports our students. At the same time, in shaping global citizens he wants students to be aware of religions, beliefs and practices beyond what they’ve learned through family and community cultures.
What is religious life like on Campus?
At Heidelberg we have a Religious Life Council meeting monthly that seeks to oversee religious life on campus. Beyond that we have 5 campus groups:
Berg UCC: Heidelberg is related to the United Church of Christ. UCC students and others from a variety of backgrounds gather weekly on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm for Christian study, fun, and service. The group meets in Campus Center 212.
Campus Fellowship has worship and Bible Study weekly and is related to the international Campus Crusade for Christ. This is our largest group with 60-120 gathering for worship on Monday nights at 9:00 pm. Monday night worship is held in Wickham Great Hall of Campus Center.
Catholic Newman Club holds a monthly mass on campus and meets weekly on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm for study, food and fun. Meetings are held in Beeghly Library, on the second floor.
Cultural and Spiritual Club holds weekly events Monday's at 5:15 pm to study other religions and cultures. They also sponsor several big events for major religious holidays. The Group meets in The University Commons.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets weekly Wednesday’s at 8:00 pm with athletes and non-athletes for Bible study. The group meets in Campus Center 220.
Where are the sacred spaces at Heidelberg?
We have three designated sacred spaces: Rickly Chapel in University Hall seats 600 people; Herbster Chapel in Pfleiderer Hall seats 100 people; and the Dorothy Castanien Parsell Quiet Room in Campus Center for prayer and reflection.
What worship services are held on campus?
- We have a weekly, ecumenical Christian chapel service from 12:00 Noon to 12:30 PM on Thursday nights in Herbster Chapel with guest speakers, students, staff, faculty and the campus minister preaching. An interdisciplinary class, NDI 100, Explorations in worship plans the services.
- Campus Fellowship has another student-led Christian Worship service on Monday nights at 9:00 pm in Campus Center Great Hall.
- Catholic Newman Club sponsors a monthly Mass at 7:00 pm on Sunday nights in Herbster Chapel.
What is community service like on campus?
We have a culture of community engagement with many student organizations, faculty and staff committed to serving the community.
Siobhan Ryan is our Coordinator for Service Learning and Community Engagement. While community service and engagement is not mandatory at Heidelberg we encourage a community that serves locally and globally.
The first organized event for our students is Berg Serve. All first-year students will go out into the community to serve on Saturday, August 27: helping 30 different organizaitons including Salvation Army, nursing homes, St. Vincent DePaul, and businesses and churches with different projects. We want students to get off of the island and to be a part of Tiffin.
Monthly events will be offered for service and we are encouraging a culture of community engagement where we are transformed by our experiences of meeting needs and understanding needs out of poverty in our local and global communities. (United Way Day of Caring in October, MLK, Jr. Day in January, Earth Day in April as examples) We offer an Alternative Spring Break where we go to urban and rural settings. And we seek to learn in the process—to reflect on what we’ve seen and experienced.
What else does Campus Ministry and Religious Life sponsor?
Retreats, studies on social justice, vocational discernment and scripture studies.