What We Do At ECM
In addition to weekly events, ECM has several special events this semester. Check out our special events page for more information.
Sunday Night Dinner and Discussion
Almost every Sunday evening at 6 PM when school is in session during the spring and fall semesters, students gather at the ECM campus center for physical and spiritual nourishment. No one knows for sure, but it’s likely that this tradition was in place long before the campus center was built, nearly fifty years ago. A home cooked meal is provided for the evening, which could range from make your own personal size pizza to breakfast for supper to spaghetti. After the meal, students gather to discuss a topic or participate in a planned fun activity.
Real Food Lunch
If you’re free this semester on Fridays between 11:30 and 1:00 p.m. come to the ECM Campus Center and enjoy a “Real Food Lunch” with friends, old and new. The idea for a “Real Food Lunch” grew out of conversations last spring among several ECM student leaders, who wanted to combine their love of spending time with friends with their growing commitment to eating healthier and more diverse foods. So they came up with this idea to offer a no-fee-donation-only meal each week in the auditorium at ECM where everyone is welcome, featuring as much locally grown, fresh produce as possible. Participants will take turns sharing the chores of setting up beforehand, preparing the meals with food purchased via donations and cleaning up afterwards.
Brewing on Belief
During the school year on Wednesdays at 8:30pm. We've been meeting at Bluestem Bistro, but follow the facebook page for up-to-the-minute locations. Come join us for some good times with friends and some great discussion on a variety of current topics and some delving into the Bible. Oh, and some enjoyment of adult beverages for the 21+ crowd along the way!
Acrobatic Yoga is a challenging combination of yoga and acrobatics. All skill levels are welcome. It helps reduce stress and build flexibiliy while getting in a good workout -- it's a great way to take a break in the middle of the week! We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Queer Faith Study
Participants in this study come together weekly to discuss different aspects of gender and sexuality and how it relates to the Holy bible and their faith. Participants are equipped to engage heterosexism and homophobia in order to celebrate equality in the eyes of God. Questions? contact Seth Dills at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sundays at 4:30 PM, starting September 11.
COME and GrOw
Participate on your own schedule in this unique activity. A shared journal will be stored at ECM's Inspiration Garden, where each week there will be in invitation to reflect on certain topics, try suggested spiritual practices while in the garden, and share reflections with the group. This is a great way to stay spiritually grounded while part of a broader community.
The Nine Ways We See the World
We will explore the Enneagram together - an ancient tool for understanding how each soul is wired to see, hear, and apprehend the world in a unique way. We will hear from teachers & spiritual directors who have used the enneagram in their work. Knowing how it is we see the world, and especially how this seeing can be incomplete at best, serves as a starting point for seekers on their way to an authentic life." Wednesdays from 7 - 8 p.m., starting August 31.
Fair Trade Marketplace
The Fair Trade Market Place is a two day event that hosts vendors from all parts of the world, from India to Ghana to Ecuador, to sell their handcrafted merchandise to students and citizens of Manhattan.
Fair Trade helps farming families across Asia, Africa, and Latin America to improve the quality of life in their communities. Fair Trade empowers these families by lifting to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace. Fair Trade is much more than a fair price! Fair Trade principles also include fair labor conditions, direct trade, community development and environmental sustainability.
SECOND HELPING -- Second Helping is First Congregational UCC's outreach meal to those in the community, homeless or otherwise, who need a hot meal. There is a need for assistance in preparing, serving and/or cleaning up after the Second Helping meal. Prep begins at 3:15, meal is served at 5:30 or so, clean up is done by 6:15 or so. If you are interested in volunteering contact Mary Ellen Barkley at email@example.com.