Become Founding Member of Wesley at UC Berkeley
May 13, 2010
By Vincent Wong, President, and
Rev. Tarah Trueblood, Executive Director/Campus Pastor
At Wesley House & Campus Center, we have been Rethinking Church. Wesley House & Campus Center is a campus ministry of the United Methodist Church that has been serving students at the University of California at Berkeley since 1925. This fall, 90 Cal students will live, study, and grow in a nurturing environment that includes a campus ministry center on the ground floor, multi-media room, study, student art gallery, student lounge, and country-style kitchen. Wesley House is also equipped to welcome visiting college and youth groups from around the connection.
Why should United Methodists support campus ministry? The University of California at Berkeley seeks to raise up national and international leaders and thinkers. Wesley seeks to equip those leaders with resources to pursue a passion for justice, live lives of meaning and purpose, discover spiritual gifts, and to be disciplined citizens with high moral values and a sense of personal integrity. For our Christian students, Wesley seeks to equip leaders and thinkers to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. For our United Methodist students, Wesley seeks to raise up generations of innovative lay and clergy members.
Our "brand" of Christian discipleship called The United Methodist Church should be as familiar to students as Apple, Cal, Starbucks, and Levi Strauss. Young adults should think of The United Methodist Church as a vibrant, living community – just like the new Wesley House and Campus Center will be this fall. Wesley's new model of campus ministry is our opportunity as United Methodists to make an indelible mark on generations of innovative leaders and thinkers.
Wesley invites United Methodists to become Founding Members of Wesley House & Campus Center. For a donation of $250 or more, your name will be engraved in the Giving Circles displayed in an architectural niche in the Wesley House lobby. Funds are being raised to complete the furnishing of Wesley's Campus Ministry Center and for use toward start-up costs.
To become a Founding Member you can:
· Donate online: Go to www.wesleyberkeley.org, click on "DONATE" from the menu on the left, click on the "donate NOW!" box, and enter the amount of the giving circle in which you would like to be included (any amount from $250 to $10,000);
· Call us at 510.549.1244 and we will take your donation over the phone; or
· Call us and we will send a giving envelope to you, which you may mail back to us.
We hope to see you at the Grand Opening celebration on September 26, 2010!