This thought-provoking book for college students deals with issues of faith, identity, sex, success, failure, and everything in between, through the concept of belovedness.
Every student’s story is different, they have the same questions in common. Who am I? How do I make good choices? What does it mean to be successful? How do I navigate changing relationships with my family, my peers, my significant other? And how do I do all of this faithfully while in college? All of these issues are approached through fundamental questions: “What if I really, truly believed that I was beloved beyond all measure? How would that influence who I become and what I do?”
Along with the authors, eight campus ministers from across several denominations contributed to this volume to help students navigate questions of life and faith in the world of high-pressure college campuses. Telling it like it is with wit and wisdom drawn from scripture, tradition, and life experience, this book offers profound and practical reminders of what it is to be beloved.
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“Sharing wisdom, experience, and passion, chaplains from across the church invite us to consider how we are to live into our belovedness. In a rapidly changing world, in a world full of brokenness and messages of ‘not enough,’ we are invited to consider how we are each more than enough because that is how God made us and that is how God loves us. . . . Touching on many of the topics that young adults have to grapple with and inviting us to go deeper, this book is a must-have for anyone in ministry with young adults.”
—Shannon Kelly, Director of the Department of Faith Formation and Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries, The Episcopal Church
“If there isn’t a healthy Christian community on your campus, use this book to start your own. If there already is, get involved and use this book to make it even better.”
—Jason Evans, Missioner for Missional Communities, Episcopal Diocese of Texas
Introduction: An Invitation to Belovedness
Chapter 1: Belovedness
Chapter 2: Making Choices
Chapter 3: Success and Failure
Chapter 4: Relationships
Chapter 5: Worship
Chapter 6: God Made the Rainbow
Chapter 7: Sex
Chapter 8: Partying
Chapter 9: Mental Health
Chapter 10: Holy Sh*t
Appendix 1 How to Find a Campus Ministry
Appendix 2 The Observatio
Appendix 3 Belovedness Small Group Discussion Guide
Meet the Contributors