Austin College believes our historic and ongoing relationship to the Presbyterian Church may be most fully seen through discussion of what that relationship enables us to offer—to all our students, to the church, and to the world.
- Read the Presbyterian Covenant
In the 2014-2015 academic year, our church-relatedness enabled us to offer our students:
- weekly Sunday evening communion services that are planned and led by students from a variety of Christian traditions;
- the Baptism of a graduating senior at the April 19, 2015 Sunday night service on campus;
- weekly Lectio Divina Bible studies based on the common lectionary and tied to the following Sunday’s worship service;
- Christian and non-Christian student religious groups including:
- Catholic Students Association
- Hindu Students Association
- Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
- Jewish Students Association
- Muslim Students Association
- Weekly Meditation/Contemplation sessions in the Small Chapel (begun in April 2015);
- the Service Station program through which over 400 Austin College students were involved in some form of community service;
- Interfaith activities including
- Eid Dinner sponsored by the Muslim Students Association,
- Seder Dinner sponsored by the Chapel and the Jewish Students Association,
- a lecture by Rais Bhuilyan of the World Without Hate Foundation, co-sponsored by Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Muslim Students Association, the Religious Studies Department of the Faculty, and the Chapel Program;
- and other opportunities for Interfaith dialogue.
- The ACtivators program through which 37 Austin College students traveled over 4500 miles to lead 16 ministry events involving over 1500 children, youth, and adults—including the 600th ACtivators event and a dinner in Austin where Dr. Hass hosted a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the ACtivators program.
- Since its founding in 1995 the ACtivators program has involved 534 Austin College students who have traveled over 164,000 miles to plan and lead 647 ministry events involving over 49,000 children, youth, college students, adults and senior citizens from 20 presbyteries in 13 states.
To the church, we offered:
- 42 former ACtivators who currently serve as full-time clergy or educators in Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations in 12 different states;
- 6 Austin College graduates currently studying in Presbyterian seminaries;
- 5 ACtivators who served as youth directors in local congregations.
To the world, we offered:
- 60% of 2014 graduates who studied abroad for at least one month during their time at Austin College.
- An Alternative Spring Break trip in March 2014 involving 45 students and faculty/staff sponsors who students went door to door in impoverished neighborhoods in New Orleans replacing light bulbs in the homes of residents with energy-efficient light bulbs that were provided by the organization “Green Light New Orleans” and built backyard gardens in neighborhoods that are still recovering from Katrina.
- Ongoing partnership with the Simbaredenga Newstart Children’s Home, an AIDS orphanage in Zimbabwe; and
- The continuation of our Global Outreach program through which students have raised over $12,000 in the last three years for microloans in Senegal through the Tostan program;
- including a visit from Tostan founder and Director Molly Melching April 29-May 1, 2015.
For more information, contact Chaplain John Williams at 903.813.2220.