Journeying with college students as they follow Christ.

OUR MISSION
The Mission of UKirk is to connect and empower those who lead, support, and advocate for collegiate and higher education ministries. Specifically, the vision is to:

Encourage and enable relationships between PCUSA and Cumberland Presbyterian campus, congregational, and chaplain ministries.

Promote the sharing of resources, models, and best practices.

Coordinate and facilitate events for collegiality and continuing education.

Advocate and interpret the mission of collegiate and higher education ministry to the church, encouraging prayer, participation and support.

Connect with other PCUSA or church-related ministries.

Welcome to the UKirk Network Registration. Although all PCUSA and PCUSA associated ministries are automatically considered part the UKirk Network, each ministry must register (or re-register) to be recognized by the Office of Collegiate Ministry and the UKirk Network, regardless of your branding status.

UKIRK DAILY

UKirk Daily is an app that offers two Biblical passages and a prayer. It was created to encourage collegiate students and young adults to develop a regular practice of connecting with God through listening (reading) and speaking (prayer). In both it’s design and interface, it really couldn’t be more simple.

Our Instagram

I received a letter this week from my colleague and friend Rabbi Allison Bergman Vann that began, "George Floyd’s death has proven to be a breaking point. We are in anguish. We are furious. We are “here again”—crying out again against racism, condemning the systems and people who have continued to allow-quietly and loudly—bigotry and hate to perpetuate." As college ministers and leaders, we carry not only our own pain and anger, but also the anger, confusion, frustration, questions and fear of a whole generation of students. This week will begin a UKirk network series on dismantling systemic racism. We will begin by sharing our own questions and pain, and with a service for lament. To register and receive the zoom link and share prayers of lament, petition or action, go to bio to click on link. ...

[email protected]:30 PM EDT. (Note new time!) Bring your questions and ideas. Go to the UKirk Leaders FB page for Zoom link or email Ukirk national @gmail.com ...

•Station #14 - Mary, Mary, and Salome set out in the morning•

Read Mark 16:1-3.

These three women don’t know Jesus is risen. All they know is that someone needs to take care of their loved one’s body. Raw with grief and worried that they won’t even be able to get to him, in the quiet of the morning, they gather their supplies and set out toward the tomb.

“It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.” “Praying.” Thirst: Poems by Mary Oliver (Beacon Press, Boston: 2006).
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•Station #13 - Joseph of Arimathea buries Jesus•

Read Mark 15:42-47.

Rituals are part of doing life together, and especially of doing faith together. The act of burying Jesus would’ve been an important way for his followers to honor the leader they had just lost.

In these socially-distanced days, a lot of our rituals don’t look like they used to. Our worship services, our social gatherings, our classes and meetings and ways of marking special occasions, have all been turned upside down.

Joseph of Arimathea’s position in society meant he could approach Pilate and ask for Jesus’ body. His resources meant he had a tomb in which Jesus could be laid to rest.

What gifts of your own might you use to mark important moments in this season?
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Students and colleagues, we are praying for you today. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/9040b4fadaa22a0f85-holy/86805643 ...

See everyone in 2021! Contact Krystal at ukirk at upcaustin dot org or Lauren at ukirkregistrar at gmail dot com with questions! ...

Join us tonight for our Good Friday service via Facebook Live on the UKirk page. Thank you to the college student leaders Katie Lee, Emily Hinshaw, Huyn Suk Choi, Emily Madsen, David Angulo, Alyah Yarden, and Sewon Oh, and to college ministers Rachel Hebert, Terilyn V. Lawson and Michael Sanchez ...