- What is the population of Protestant students at Wesleyan?
As of the beginning of the academic year 2010-11, of the 2,991 undergraduate students attending Wesleyan, 300 are self identified Protestants, which represents thirty-three percent of the five major religions on campus [Buddhism (45), Christianity (475; Catholic 175; Protestant 300), Hinduism (19), Islam (34) and Judaism (333)] and twenty-five percent of all religions. (Source—students self identified upon admissions.)
- What does Protestant mean?
There are various thoughts regarding the meaning of Protestant. A simplified definition of Protestant is—a member or follower of any of several denominations or nondenominational churches not adherent to the Catholic or Orthodox Church that affirm the Reformation doctrines of justification by faith and not through works, the priesthood of all believers, and the primacy of the Bible as the ultimate source in matters of faith and order. Some of the Protestant denominations represented at Wesleyan as identified by students include Baptist, Church of Christ, Congregational, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Nondenominational.
- When are the Protestant Worship services?
Ecumenical Worship is held Sundays at 5pm in Allbritton 311 (when classes are in session). Dinner is served. Sunday Community Dinner is a safe, sacred place to experience the Holy and to fellowship with one another.
- How do I become a worship leader in the weekly worship services?
Student involvement in the weekly service is deeply valued. Please contact Rev. Tracy regarding your interest in becoming a Chapel Minister, a member of the Praise and Worship Team, Liturgical Dance Ministry, Reader, Greeter, and/or Chapel Musician.
- What other Protestant campus ministries might I become involved?
Other ministries you might consider are community service projects and the Intervarsity Gulf Coast mission trip. There are many opportunities available through the Protestant student groups and the Protestant Chaplain. See the Protestant Chaplain or a student leader for more details or send an e-mail describing your interest.
- Are there area churches I can attend?
Yes, there are several churches of diverse denominations in Middletown and the surrounding area. A list is provided for students at the beginning of the academic year and available in the Protestant Chaplain’s office. Some churches provide transportation.
- Where is the Protestant Chaplain’s office?
169 High Street, 2nd floor, room 209.
- Does the Protestant Chaplain have regular office hours?
Rev. Tracy is part-time and is normally on campus Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Feel free to drop in to chat or make an appointment. She can be reached at x2277.
- Does the Protestant Chaplain provide counseling?
The Protestant Chaplain is available to serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of students, faculty and staff on-campus. Both Wesleyan students and employees have sought counseling for family, relationship, health, moral behavior, financial issues, stress management, vocational discernment, spiritual formation, crisis, grief and emotional support. Conversations with the chaplain are confidential and done with compassionate listening in a supporting and encouraging environment.*
*If there is a clinical need, the chaplain refers students to the Office of Behavioral Health at 327 High Street (Davison Health Center). Faculty and staff in need of clinical counseling are referred to the Wesleyan Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider, The Wellness Corporation, to see or speak with an EAP counselor.
- What other services does the Protestant chaplain provide?
The Protestant Chaplain performs pre-marital counseling and officiates weddings for students, faculty, staff and those outside the Wesleyan community (particularly if Memorial Chapel is the venue for the nuptials). The Protestant Chaplain is also available for baptisms, blessings, and other services to commemorate life events.
- Does the Protestant Chaplain perform weddings?
Yes, the Protestant Chaplain performs pre-marital counseling and officiates weddings for students, faculty, staff and those outside the Wesleyan Community (particularly if Memorial Chapel is the venue for the nuptials). Please contact her via e-mail at email@example.com for additional information.