Dear CA community,
The past week has brought a whirlwind of changes as we respond to Covid-19. The CA will continue to be present to support you, though that may look a little different for the rest of the semester. Please reach out if you need anything!
The CA House will be closed until at least the end of March as we try to do our part to keep people healthy and the virus from spreading. If you need help with food or anything, reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Shelton (email@example.com) and let us know, and we will work to get you what you need.
We also will begin offering programming online this week via Zoom, including Wednesday night conversation time and Bible study, and Friday lunch conversations as well. I also hope to have one-on-one conversations via phone or video in the coming weeks as well. Let me know if you want to talk.
I watched Frozen II again last night, and at one point Sven says "you feel what you feel and those feelings are real." A lot of us are feeling a lot right now, overwhelmed, sadness, confusion, frustration, anxiety, and more. Those feelings are all valid and real, and with how rapidly things keep changing we will probably all be feeling somewhat unsettled for at least a little while longer. We may feel God's presence in the midst of all of this, or may be wondering where God is. All of this shows up in the Bible, and especially in the Psalms, which is sometimes called the prayerbook of the Bible. If you're looking for somewhere to turn in Scripture, they may be a place to start.
We also want to make sure to maintain the CA community as a place for you to connect with. Reach out to one another, and continue to care for and support one another. We will be in touch as things continue to evolve, and hope to see you online this week or beyond. And again, please reach out if we can be of support in any way!
The Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania (CA) is a community of hospitality, service and advocacy, and faith exploration. We strive to live out the Gospel message -- to bring God’s love to Penn students (both undergraduate and graduate students), faculty, staff and neighbors. We welcome every person into our doors regardless of religious affiliation, orientation, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race or gender.
The CA has numerous gatherings throughout the week. Take a look at our schedule below to see what's happening in the summers and during the school year.
|Slanguage||Suspended due to COVID-19|
|Community Dinner and Chat||Wednesdays at 6:30pm via Zoom|
|Grad Student Book Group||Thursdays at 4:30 pm via Zoom|
|Drop-by for lunch and Bible Study||Fridays from 12-1:30pm via Zoom|
|Monthly Multi Faith Movie Night||Time is TBD check facebook for regular updates|
Join us Wednesday nights via zoom at 6:30PM for community dinner and chat. For the zoom link please reach out to Rev Megan or Shelton!
Drop by on Fridays via zoom between 12-1:30 for lunch and Bible study! We are currently reading the Gospel according to Mark. We'll have an engaging conversation on God's word to us and relevance of faith in our lives.
One new way we're going to connect with one another is writing snail mail letters. If you want to write and receive a letter, sign up using the button below by Thursday at noon Eastern. Once we have all the names, we'll pull the names from a hat and contact you with the name and address of who you are writing. You'll write them a letter, and then they'll send you one back. You'll also be receiving a letter from someone else at the same time. After two weeks we'll do a new sign up. You can sign up if you are a current student, alum, or CA supported - all are welcome!
Join us this Spring via zoom as we discuss Jim Wallis' Christ in Crisis: Why We Need To Reclaim Jesus. E-mail Megan for more information.
Suspended During COVID-19 Outbreak. We will return to normal programing when UPenn reopens. An ongoing program to teach English to non-native speakers here on campus. Participants seek to improve their English reading and speaking skills while engaging with a diverse group of individuals from all over the world, providing them with a community as well. Topics range from news articles and videos to poetry and literature.
An ongoing program to teach English to non-native speakers here on campus. Participants seek to improve their English reading and speaking skills.
The CA offers Penn students the opportunity to enter into meaningful relationships with West Philly high school students enrolled with Penn’s Upward Bound program.
A space for the LGBTQ community and allies to discuss the intersection of their faith and sexuality.