Congratulations on being admitted into Purdue! We want to welcome you to the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, a.k.a. the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Purdue, and we hope that you’ll make Good Shepherd your spiritual home during your stay here. Our motto is “Ritual, Community, and Free Food!” That’s a great description of how we do religion around here:
Ritual: The Holy Eucharist is at the heart of what we do. During the school year, we have two Sunday services. Our 10:00 am service looks more like your typical Sunday-morning Episcopal service. Our 6:00 pm service is our “mostly student” service and is a little more intimate than the morning service. Everyone—and we mean everyone—is welcome here.
Community: We’re intentionally “intergenerational,” working hard at building relationships between students and non-students. We also try to reach out to the wider community in the name of Christ and for the sake of social justice—whether it’s sorting food at Food Finders Food Bank, serving a meal at Lafayette Urban Ministry’s homeless shelter, walking in September’s “Hunger Hike,” or having a table at Lafayette’s “OUTfest” LGBTQ festival in August.
Free Food: We really mean this part! We will give you a WHOLE donut each Sunday morning. We have dinner (usually pizza) following the Sunday evening service. We do lunch for students once or twice a week—call or e-mail us with a request for your favorite Jimmy John’s sandwich, and we’ll order it for you! And we have special events from time to time, almost always involving food.
Students are an important part of our life here. Half of our vestry members are students. The Episcopal Student Association (ESA) is our official link to the university. Sometimes we’ll even send a first-year student as a delegate to Diocesan Convention in October!
We’re a small congregation, yes, but once in a while we do Something Big. Our big idea last year was to bring retired Bishop Gene Robinson to campus. (That’s Bishop Gene with me in the photo.) Have a great program idea? We’d love to hear it.
Also, in case you’re interested . . . We offer a $1,000 scholarship once a year to a qualified Episcopalian student who demonstrates 1) a dedication to the Christian faith in the Anglican tradition and 2) financial need. The application form is online at www.goodshep.org/esa/scholarship.
We wish you success in your Purdue life, and we hope you’ll come by and check us out. We’re at 610 Meridian Street, just one block from Mackey Arena.
– Mark Thomas