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Student Christian What?
We are incredibly happy that you are visiting our site, which means that you heard of our group, want to know more about us, or just accidentally clicked the wrong link. Whatever your reasons are, we want to tell you something: we don’t believe in coincidences. Then, let us explain what SCA is about.
SCA is a community of people who gather to discuss all these issues while we share our faith in Christ. Every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. the Media Room, next to the Ski Lodge, becomes a home for a few hours. As students we come with one purpose in mind, to recharge our spiritual batteries. We couldn’t look more diverse -- members of SCA come from places like England, Uganda, China, Germany, Costa Rica, and different parts of America-- but we all belong to the same family.
SCA is about creating relationships. We want you to be closer to God, and be friends with all the students that come to our meetings. We hope to be an inviting space for all students to bring questions and explore how our faith intersects with life.
So, everything is about relationships, but how do we create that? Through talk. We share our point of view, and then we try to know more about each other from there. For that reason, we want to present you with some answers to questions that you might have about SCA (the answers cited by people are real).
- Why do people come to SCA?
(Ben, Kaleb and Billy are members of SCA).
Ben: “I would have transferred to another school if it were not for the connections I made with the people here.”
Kaleb: “It is the most wonderful part of my week, coming to SCA.”
Billy: “It is great to be challenged and encouraged to think about your faith in all the craziness of college.”
- Why should I go to SCA?
Kaleb: “We want to help you to know God and be friends with you.”
-But what if I don’t believe in God, what if I don’t want to be friends with you? Ha!
Well, you got us there for a moment, it is a good point! Still, we invite you to come and to explore the possibilities. God is real and you can experience him. Feel free to ask questions and let us know your point of view, we want to hear it. Regarding our friendship, we are really cool maybe you can think about it again. Okay, you can disagree with our statement, but please know that we offer our friendship, you can try it sometime.
- You say SCA is a place to make friends, but how is it different than other organizations on campus?
Billy: “In my opinion, the difference is that it deals with people’s actual lives. It teaches people to live life to the fullest.”
Ben: “It is the healing thing.”
-That’s all fine, but let’s be honest, going to a Christian group doesn’t sound like “the college thing to do.”
-Do you really?
Yes. You came to college with the idea of getting a major, of course, but you also want to have a fun time, and joining a religious association might not be what you had in mind. Without doubt, you have the right to think that, but before you make up your mind, give us a chance to show you what SCA could mean for you.
Having said that, whether you are a Christian or not, we expect to see you soon at SCA. Come with your questions, anxieties, fears, expectations, excitement, and joy, or just come. Our family will welcome you with our arms wide open.
Jubilee, it could change everything
SCA members have opportunities to attend a number of annual conferences during the school year, one of them is Jubilee. This conference is about living faithfully in every area of life. It is a gathering of thousands (over 3000) of college students coming together for a weekend to learn how to worship God with their whole lives. Students meet at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh to talk, learn, think, and dream about the public implications of their personal transformation.
Jubilee is a conference like you’ve never experienced before. Whether you’re interested in engineering, science, art, music, law, politics, medicine, mission, justice, families, college life, and the years to come, you will learn what it means to be involved in those places faithfully. As Christian students, we frequently face the challenge to find a balance between College life and God. For that reason, at Jubilee we learn that God wants us to use our majors to serve him and others. Julie, a member of SCA, explains that Jubilee is "truly a life changing experience. I went to the conference with no expectations and I was impressed with all the speakers that come from diverse backgrounds."
Just like Julie, many students at Jubilee have an encounter with God. We learn that Christ cares about every aspect of our lives. It is refreshing to be reminded that if God gave his only son for us, there is nothing he wouldn't give. Jubilee is celebrated every February. Registration for this coming year is already opened. If you want to be part of this experience, that could change everything, please get in contact with us.
“SCA: A story bigger than us”
Narrative written by Diosara Castillo, based on an interview with Jamie Donne
When I was growing up, I did not have a good concept of who God was. I wasn’t born as a Christian, but I became one in high school. I remember that there was a group that would do
crazy activities, like contest to see how many marshmallows someone could fit in his mouth, and since I have always been loud and active, I joined it. At the beginning, it was for the fun, but then I got interested on knowing more about God.
Once in college, I joined a Christian group sponsored by the Coalition of Christian Outreach (CCO). There, I learned that God actually cares about every aspect in my life. I could experience how fulfilling it was to work for others, and I learned the meaning of social justice. I was part of a community of people that helped me to grow.
Knowing that God loves me and He cares for me, it was easy to also realize that He has a perfect plan. I attended a Christian group in college because God wanted me to be in charge of one in the future. I had a marvelous experience during my studying years, and I really wanted other people to have the same. That is how I got involved with CCO, and that is how I got to be the person in charge of SCA at W&J.
I love the people at SCA. They have become my family. I enjoy the atmosphere we have here. We all share our faith, but we also share our lives. Every week, we learn who Christ is and what he has to offer. In SCA, we have come to realize that we are a part of story bigger than us. We all are walking in this life with a purpose: to serve God and others.
It is so wonderful to work for God because the fruits are eternal. We see a good part of our reward here on Earth, but we know there is a lot more to come. I seriously think anyone looking for some direction in life, anyone searching for friends, and especially anyone who desires to be spiritually fulfilled, should come to SCA.
How to get started
- Come to SCA.
- Come to SCA.
- Come to SCA.
All right, we get it. The "subliminal" message won’t work, but we do want you to come to SCA. So this is what you have to do:
- Wait till Wednesday comes: We know you are just excited as us to come to SCA, but our meetings are on Wednesday, so be patient.
- Wait for Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday has finally arrived*!* And now you have to wait till it 9:00 p.m. … but hey it is going to be worth it, we promise.
- Find the media room: It is next to the sky lodge.
- Come in! We are waiting for you.
- Enjoy your time: be prepared to experience God, and to have a great time.
- Come back! You will have to repeat the steps 1 through 5.
For more information contact:
Jamie Donne CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) campus representative firstname.lastname@example.org (http://www.washjeff.edu/staticFiles/asp/MailTo.asp?recipient=jamiedonne*gmail.com)