Spiritual Growth for the Campus
By Parker LeClerc
Seven months ago, when I decided I would run for ASWWU Spiritual Vice President, it was difficult to set a clear vision and goal for the job. As many of you already know, and as the freshmen learned during their first two weeks on campus, there are many institutions and groups working on campus with the basic goal of enriching the spiritual life of the students. The chaplain’s office heads most recurring worship services such as Fireside, Heubach, and vespers. Community service, however, is run through the Center for Humanitarian Engagement, small groups will be run through the chaplain’s office, and the University Church is, well, the University Church. ASWWU Spiritual exists for the same basic purpose as the aforementioned groups: to support and grow the campus spiritually. However, with so much covered by so many, the big question becomes how ASWWU Spiritual differentiates itself from everyone else.
ASWWU Spiritual is unique for two major reasons. The first is that we are entirely student-led, from the bottom to the top. While this sounds obvious, it needs some discussion. There is no one directing ASWWU Spiritual, or ASWWU as a whole, to do anything. As a result, everything we do is inspired by students, brainstormed by students, planned by students, and pulled off by students.