Welcome to the Episco-Bulletin! I am one member of a small group currently working to revitalize the campus ministry activities based at the Chapel Center @ USF, which is the Episcopal presence on the campus of the University of South Florida (Go, Bulls!) in beautiful Tampa, Florida. We have a wonderful facility with a long history–unfortunately, its recent history has been mostly inactive! I hope to use this forum to explore the Chapel Center’s story and chronicle the progress we make in the months ahead.
When I first got involved with this project, I polled every priest and Episcopal clergy-type person I knew to ask what online and print resources were available for campus ministry. The answer seemed to be: not many! So, my second goal for this blog is to find out how the Episcopal Church (and the Church in general) is present on college campuses today. I hope to review some books, interview folks with thriving programs, and share whatever “best practices” I discover.
And, about the Episco-Bulletin name…..
When we first reopened the Chapel Center, my priest made the suggestion that,
Since Episocopals at FSU are the “Episco-Noles”
And Episocopals at UF are the “Episco-Gators”,
It made perfect sense that Episcopals at USF should be known as……
Well, I’m sure you get the picture. (Go, Episco-Bulls!)
St Anselm, the outstanding 11th century theologian for whom our chapel is named, is perhaps best know for his motto fides quarens intellectum, or “faith seeking understanding.” This refers to something along the lines of: “an active love of God seeking a deeper knowledge of God.” This is very appropriate for us at St Anselm’s Chapel: we are seeking a deeper knowledge of God through our worship and fellowship together.
Come along! We have an interesting journey ahead!