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WELCOME TO ECM

If you’re looking for a campus ministry at K-State where you can come together with other young adults to deepen your spirituality, think about important issues, develop healthy relationships and make a difference in the world by serving others, you’ve come to the right place!  ECM is a place and a people where engaging in these things—spirituality, study, sociality and service—are part of everything we do.

ECM stands for Ecumenical Campus Ministry.  “Ek-you-men-i-kuhl” is an ancient Greek word that describes efforts to bring together diverse elements in a way that celebrates their unity.  More specifically, it usually refers to the efforts of Christians to seek and to celebrate the things that unite people of faith, rather than dwell on the things that divide us.  “Ecumenical” is a still great word, even if it is hard to pronounce.  It aptly describes what ECM—and two thousand years of Christian practice at its best—is all about.  To find out more about what that looks like at K-State, read on.

NEWS ABOUT ECM

ECM's new building is finished! We will be dedicating the building on Sunday, September 20 at 4 PM. Look for more details to come.

After fifty-two years at 1021 Denison Ave, the ECM Board of Directors elected to relocate the ministry to 904 Sunset, just two blocks away from our previous location, where we built a new, more versatile and energy-efficient building that will serve as our campus center for future generations of K-State students and the Manhattan community. Now that the building is finished, we're excited for the next fifty years of ministry at K-State.

Real Food Dinners are continuing through the summer. Up to the minute information about upcoming ECM events can be found on the calendar below.

ECM VOCATION

ECM Announces Fall Theologian-in-Residence, Linda Kay Klein, September 9-10, 2015

Expanding the idea of what it means to be a theologian and how we discover our life’s work, ECM will host Linda Kay Klein, September 9-10   for a variety of student and community events, including a public talk titled “Writing the Story of You” on Thursday evening, September 10.  Klein has spoken widely to college and university audiences as director of the Work on Purpose program for a New York-based organization called Echoing Green (www.echoinggreen.org), a global social entrepreneurship nonprofit that unleashes next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems.  She has served as the program’s lead researcher and is the lead author of the Work on Purpose Curriculum on which faculty and staff from over 150 colleges, universities and nonprofits have been trained.

She recently left Echoing Green after signing a with Simon and Schuster to write a book about the interviews she has conducted with young women raised in the evangelical Christian church on sex, gender, and sexuality.  Collaborating with faculty in Leadership Studies and  the College of Business’s Social Entrepreneurship program, we anticipate that hundreds of K-State students will have an opportunity to listen and learn from Klein.  Her presence among us is made possible, in part, by grants from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and the Kansas Bible Chair of the Christian Church in Kansas to assist young adults in the process of discerning their vocation. 

Vocational Exploration Interns Assist with Summer Daycamp in Riley

As part of our ongoing exploration of vocation funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., ECM collaborated with the First Presbyterian Church of Riley, Kansas and Fairview Presbyterian Church in June through two daycamp internships. Recent K-State Family Studies and Human Services graduate , Michael Shode, and K-State Social Sciences senior Kelsey Chalmers served as assistant counselors for Heartland Presbyterian’s traveling daycamp which visited Riley June 15-19. Through their help, nearly 45 young people deepened their faith through Bible study, the arts, and of course, lots of fun!

 For more information about ECM vocations, email David Wood, ecmvocations@gmail.com