Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Lilly grants go to 2 campus ministries


The United Methodist campus ministries at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma have each been awarded $100,000 grants by the Lilly Endowment Inc.

In Norman, The Wesley at OCU will receive $20,000 per year during five years. The ministry will use the funds to help undergraduate students develop leadership talents, said Jennifer Nath, especially The Wesley’s student interns. She was on the team that wrote the grant application.

At Stillwater, The Wesley Foundation will use the grant over three years. It especially will support vocational discernment and Christian discipleship groups in concert with a regional women’s conference, said Janina Graves, student ministry coordinator.

According to Religion News Service on Nov. 4, the Lilly Endowment awarded almost $4 million total to 53 private faith organizations that work with students at 49 public universities.

Faced with many choices, college students long to reflect on their deepest concerns and to clarify their values. Campus ministries respond, developing innovative programs that help students draw on their faith as they make life-defining decisions about their futures.

The Endowment’s initiative is designed to encourage campus ministries with such programming.


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