UCM is a campus ministry of Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students who try to make faith relevant in daily life. UCM is an honest, safe, and inclusive community following the example of Jesus. We embrace openness, strive to love God, and serve others to the best of our ability.
Whatever your faith or doubts, you are welcome here.
On September 28, this yard sign was stolen from the front of UCM.
In response, UCM would like to give away these yard signs to anyone in the Northwestern community who wants one. Historically, Christianity has shamed people for seeking mental health services. We want to destigmatize mental health support among Christians. UCM believes that attending to mental health is essential for all people. Our lives are a gift from God and we have a responsibility to care for our whole selves: body, mind and spirit.
Order your sign today! Order deadline October 7, 2022. Pickup will be at University Christian Ministry, 1834 Chicago Ave.
OPEN HEARTS, OPEN MINDS
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? -- Micah 6:8
At UCM, we keep our hearts open to the beauty of creation, to the ways God can work through us, and to the love of warm authentic community. We also keep our hearts open to the cries of the oppressed, to the places we are called to be peacemakers, and the struggles of our community.
We keep our minds open to intellect, reason, and science. We accept doubt as a part of faith and refuse to settle for easy answers. We keep our minds open to different opinions, and we love our neighbors of other faiths.
UCM is a queer inclusive community.
Welcome to UCM . . .
a place to belong
authentic, meaningful relationships
people from different backgrounds
a connection between faith and intellect
serving God and others
growing in faith and wisdom
working for renewal in society
discovering God’s call for your life
"UCM brings people together who come from different faiths to give thanks and highlight what they have in common."
-- UCM Student
Offering encouragement and mentoring as you explore your faith
Julie Windsor Mitchell, Campus Minister and Executive Director
Julie (she/her) has been the campus minister at UCM for 21 years because she loves college students so much! She is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, has dual standing in the United Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, and is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Divinity School. She loves to talk about life, love, spirituality, and social justice and she will jump right into all the hard questions. When she's not hanging out with UCM folks, you can probably find her traveling abroad (during non-pandemic times), camping with her husband and kids, riding her bike around Evanston or doing burpees.
Hannah Phillips Mollenkamp, Seminary Intern
Hannah Phillips Mollenkamp (she/her) is a native Texan who relocated to the Midwest to attend Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where she is currently a third-year M.Div. student. She holds dual degrees in English literature and German from the University of North Texas and is pursuing ordination in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, where she served at FUMC Denton for two years, first as an intern at the contemporary Open Worship service and then as the Assistant Youth Director. Most recently she served as the student pastor at Gilead Chicago, a self-described "queer, storytelling bar church" on Chicago's North Side, where she was also part of the worship band. In her free time, Hannah enjoys reading, writing, baking, embroidery, making music, dancing, board games, cuddling with her two cats, and getting outside with her husband, Max.
John (he/him) is a Religious Studies major and member of the class of 2023. He is excited to serve on the UCM leadership team this year. As a member of the leadership team, he helps plan events, and is present at a range of UCM activities from worship to discussion to service and retreats and beyond. He is very much a people person. He loves building relationships with people, and while he tends to stay busy and move quickly, he always loves saying hi and having a quick chat whenever, so feel free to flag him down if you see him at UCM, on campus, or around the city. Outside of the classroom, he competes with the Northwestern Track & Field team, He is a pilot, on a Relay for Life committee, and the treasurer of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity.
Hello, my name is Julie! (she/her) I am part of the class of 2024 and am in Weinberg. My interests lie in psychology, English, computer science, and medicine. I help write the UCM newsletter, and I like to knit in my free time.
EVENTS & PROGRAMS
Sunday night informal worship-- 5:00pm, fellowship following
Speakers on social justice issues
Pastoral counseling and crisis intervention
UCM welcomes Northwestern students to join us for:
"UCM is a ministry where Christ is present. Here students have a real passion to use their faith and God given abilities to change the world."
-- UCM Student
University Christian Ministry at NU
1834 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Rev. Julie Windsor Mitchell
Campus Minister and
HOURS & LOCATION:
Sunday Worship 5:00 pm
Office: Generally 10am-1pm, but hours vary - please call ahead to make sure we're in
We're right on campus, across from the Arch
send your check to:
UCM, 1834 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
UCM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which receives no financial assistance from Northwestern University. All donations are tax deductible.