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Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Thank you, Casa Nueva for choosing United Campus Ministry as the recipient of customer tips for the month of July! Go to Casa today, and every day this month, and tip generously! You'll enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced meal AND contribute to UCM's work and mission! 



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 Annual Meeting


You are invited….

United Campus Ministry’s
Annual Meeting 2015

Wednesday, April 15
5:00pm – 7:00pm
ArtsWest 132 W. State Street

Meet the current Board of Directors 

including the newly elected 2015-16 Executive Officers, 

staff and interns.

Celebrate our Sustainer Circle and donors.

Panel conversation on current and future accomplishments including 

this year’s expansion of the Campus Minister position!

Refreshments provided.

We look forward to seeing you!



Friday, December 12, 2014








Campus Minister Evan Young facilitating interfaith reflection and dialogue with students after service project with Monday Creek Restoration Project in New Straitsville.


Dear Friends of UCM,

For as long as I've served here at UCM, I have also served other organizations--either as the part-time minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, or as an intern minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta. And while I've loved my involvement with congregational ministry, while I treasure all I've experienced and learned in those settings, I also have to acknowledge that this bi-vocational path I've been on comes with a cost I'm simply no longer willing to pay.

 It's been a trying, demanding, challenging semester at Ohio University, a semester that's called me to rooms and to tables and to conversations I've needed to be in, and where others have needed me. Many of you know about Megan Marzec, Student Senate, the "blood bucket" video, and the ensuing conversation on campus about Israel, Palestine, and justice. (For those who don't, I wrote a blog post about it for the Interfaith Youth Core--read it at www.ifyc.org/content/cultivate-peace.) Many of you probably remember the People's Climate March in New York City, and you might know that I went there with a busload of students UCM helped to organize. Most of you know what's going on now about Mike Brown and Ferguson and Eric Garner and John Crawford and Tamir Rice and all the seemingly endless examples that are showing us how entrenched institutional racism continues to be, and some of you know how students on this campus are coming together to respond to that.

As a campus minister, especially one serving a progressive interfaith campus ministry like UCM, I'm called to show up and to speak out at times like these. And I have. At the same time I'm called to be there for our interns, to be there for the people who come to Thursday Supper and Saturday Lunch, to be there for students who come to us for help with their own personal challenges and crises as well as their social justice concerns. And I'm called to work with and be in relationship with university faculty, staff, and administrators as we work together to shape the future of this institution. It's a full-time job at minimum--and, when I'm doing it the way I'm called, much more than that.

But I'm only a half-time campus minister. With another part-time ministry, with its own full slate of committee meetings, staff reports, pastoral care concerns, and administrative tasks. With its own expectations about which conferences I should attend, what organizations I should join, and how I should lead. Those expectations are legitimate and important and deserve everything I can give them. And, actually, more than I can give.

So, in this Christmas season, I have a wish. And UCM has a wish. And we're bringing that wish to you, because you can help.

My wish is to be, for once, ONE THING. I want to be a campus minister, through and through, and I want to serve United Campus Ministry with everything I have to give. Over the nine years I've been here, it's become absolutely clear to me that this is what I'm for, this is where I'm meant to be, doing this. So when my intern ministry ends on June 1, 2015, my wish is to be UCM's full-time campus minister.

UCM's wish, in this challenging and demanding time, is to be even more the campus ministry Ohio University needs. To continue to be at the forefront of work for social justice, but to have an even louder voice, an even greater impact, to change even more students through our interfaith bridge-building and community service work. And this semester more than ever, it's become absolutely clear that a key piece of our being more is, well, having more--more time, more presence, more service--of our campus minister.

Which brings us to you. Because embracing this larger vision of UCM is a leap of faith we need you to take with us. I've been blessed to be able to do this work because you've believed in the mission and ministry of UCM. Now, when I'm about to be able to commit even more to this work, and when UCM is committed to being and becoming more the ministry that's needed here, we need more--more of you (meaning more donors), and more from you (meaning more financial support from each of you).

You have it in your power to grant these wishes. You received this letter because you believe in what UCM does. So think about how much you'd believe in UCM doing more—and give accordingly. And then, share this letter, and your own stories and wishes about UCM, with someone you know who doesn't know about us. Help them to connect with us and with our work, and give them the opportunity to join us on this leap of faith.  And remember—UCM is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible and will do more than simply finance operating, facilities, and programming expenses. They'll help make our wishes come true.

 With warm Season's Greetings from the whole UCM family, and with all best wishes for the New Year--

Rev. Evan Young, Campus Minister





Thursday, October 16, 2014

UCM ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8





THE LOCAL GIRLS
CALLIOPE FEMINIST CHOIR

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR MOST IMPORTANT ANNUAL FUNDRAISER!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 6PM
ATHENS COMMUNITY CENTER, 701 E. STATE STREET
LIVE AUCTION BY SHAMROCK AUCTION SERVICE!
SPECIAL MUSIC BY THE LOCAL GIRLS AND CALLIOPE FEMINIST CHOIR! 
LOCAL CRAFT BEER BY JACKIE O'S PUB AND BREWERY
APPETIZERS BY AVALANCHE PIZZA, CASA NUEVA, PURPLE CHOPSTIX 
 AND VINO DE MILO!
RSVP AT jennifer@ucmathens.org
$25 - $100 (sliding scale donation) $15 (student/low income)


The UCM Benefit Auction is generously sponsored by the following businesses and individuals: The Athens Real Estate Company, Carpenter & Associates, Cetide, Jeffrey D. Chaddock, Judith Daso, The Farmacy, Mara Giglio, Rev. Jan Griesinger, Laura Harrison and Christy Zempter, Hocking Valley Bank, David LaPalombara & Robin Webb, Mac’s Thrifty Shop, Vicki Marshall, Dick & Judy McGinn, Frank & Lorraine Myers, MS. Accounting & Taxes, Inc., Peggy Pruitt, Rich Gardens Organic Farm, Carole Schloss, Snider, Full and Stroh, Sarah Webb & Chad Burkett, Wendy Porter Financial Services and Zoe Fine Dining. You can add your name to this impressive list!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Who's Who of Thursday Supper! Gerry Edition

This week we interviewed Gary, Frances' husband.

1.  What's your name?
"Gerry Lee"

2.  Where are you from?
"Athens, Ohio."
3.  What is your favorite food?
"Meatloaf."

4.  Where is you favorite place in Athens?
"OU."

5.  What do you like the most about Thursday Supper/
"Friends and good food."

6.  What is an interesting fact about you that most people might not know?   
"Eight heart attacks... still alive. Quit smoking."

Friday, June 20, 2014

Who's Who of Thursday Supper! Frances Edition

As new interns at United Campus Ministry this summer, we decided that it is time to get to know more about the people who attend, volunteer and are involved with Thursday Supper. This week we are featuring Frances, a regular at Thursday Supper:

1.  What's your name?
 "Frances"

2.  Where are you from?
"Kentucky"

3.  What is your favorite food?
"Soup beans. I love soup beans."

4.  Where is your favorite place in Athens?  Why?
"I don't know... here."

5.  What do you like most about Thursday Supper? Why?
"I guess...rice with beef stew.  I think you had it two or three weeks ago."

6.  What is an interesting fact about you that people might not know?
"Love to sew...make quilts."

Frances