Journey Inward, Journey Outward, Journey Together
Wesley Club Campus Ministry of Merced is an inclusive, intentional Christian community that welcomes people of all walks of life regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality and faith traditions, to promote living an authentic life in God. Our ministry is to transform lives for the transformation of the world. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
The Wesley Foundation of Merced provides ministry to UC Merced, Merced College and at the Wesley House, a 9 student intentional Christian community. Bible Study and “Journey Conversations” (deep and vulnerable sharing on life and faith issues to discover who you are and your life calling) are offered to deepen Christian faith and to equip students with resources to meaningfully address and engage relevant issues that students are facing today: anxiety, depression, economic insecurity, climate instability, gun safety, church and homosexuality, partisan politics, and navigating the chaos and information overload from social media. We learn to ask “beautiful questions”: How do we distinguish between healthy religion from toxic religion? How do we live out our Christian faith in an increasingly polarized culture where people are retreating into their own “eco chambers”? Rather than view conflict as one side pitted against the other, there is a “third side” as William Ury calls it. It’s the power of coming together in community and creating a new perspective. In addition, we offer monthly worship service, meditation workshop and discussion forum on campus. Our Campus Minister offers free pastoral counseling and Spiritual Direction to students.