Who leads the UIndy campus ministry?

Dr. Brownlee, Cindy Tyree and Rev. Gibbs stand in front of the Lantz Center.
Uindy provides a chapel with services several times each week for student and faculty.
The Schwitzer Student Center is a hub of campus activities.

The Schwitzer Student Center

Schwitzer Student Center in the middle of campus, is marked by the United Methodist cross-and-flame.

The Rev. Dr. Lang Brownlee has been University chaplain since 2001. Dr. Brownlee is an ordained elder in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Jeremiah Gibbs is the interim chaplain and director of the Lantz Center for Christian Vocations and Formation. He is a licensed minister in the Indiana Council of the Assemblies of God.

Mrs. Cindy Tyree (UIndy classes of ’77 and ’03) is office manager for Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs and serves as a program assistant in the Lantz Center for Christian Vocations and Formation.

How is campus ministry organized?

The chaplains use a modified version of the Covenant Discipleship model used in many United Methodist congregations. Students who participate in these ministries are led by chapel stewards of Justice, Compassion, Devotion, and Worship. There also is a chapel steward of Praise.

What is the Lantz Center?

Cartwright Clapper

UIndy’s ecumenical center for Christian Vocations and Formation was founded by Dr. Michael G. Cartwright and Dr. Greg Clapper. From 2003 to 2009, Sister Jennifer Horner OSB served as director, and under her leadership this program grew and developed. Students in this program take a series of vocation exploration and vocation formation courses in which they are invited to learn about classic Christian spiritual disciplines, including the practice of discerning God’s will.

Faculty mentors work with students they discern prayerfully how God is calling them to lead lives of service.

The center is named for President G. Benjamin Lantz (1988-98).

Is chapel required?

The chapel requirement persisted into the 1980s but has evolved into a Lecture-Performance Series. Chapel has been voluntary at UIndy for almost 20 years. Students are invited to join the University chaplains for an afternoon Prayer Break twice a week at 4:40 p.m.

On Thursday evenings, more than a hundred students gather for a Praise and Worship service (more commonly known among students as “P-Dub”) that alternates each week with a Taizé Service of contemplative prayer and songs.

Whom do I contact if I know a student interested in attending this UM-related university?

Winslow

The Admissions Office at the University of Indianapolis is pleased to host visits from prospective students. Contact Marylynne Winslow for details at 317-788-3216 or 800-232-8634. Students who have particular interests in the Pre-Theology program are encouraged to contact Dr. Perry Kea at 317-788-3242. The Rev. Dr. Lang Brownlee (317-788-3382) directs UIndy’s Youth Ministry training program.

Whom do I call if my church group wants to hold an event at UIndy?

Call Christie Beckmann, 317-788-3566, is the director of Conferences and Scheduling. The University can accommodate conferences of 150 to 200 people and can host dinner events for up to 400. Ransburg Auditorium seats 750; the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center seats 500.

Who is in charge of church relations at UIndy?

Dr. Michael G. Cartwright is the dean of Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs. He can be reached at mcartwright@uindy.edu or by phone at 317-788-2106. Cartwright serves on the Indiana Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and chairs the Steering Committee for the Wesleyan Connexion Project. He is one of the co-conveners of the new Institutional Relations Table, serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry and chairs the Steering Committee of the Wesleyan Connexion Project.

What service projects does UIndy offer students?

The Sierra Leone group is dressed in native clothing.

UIndy students can select from a variety of service projects and experiences ranging from service-learning trips to Appalachia during Christmas break to Spring Term trips to West Africa.

Students and staff traveled to Sierra Leone in 2008 to help residents rehabilitate and expand a library as part of the United Methodist Church’s Operation Classroom mission program. The 1,500 students of UMC Koidu Secondary School had been without a library and its resources for more than a decade.

UIndy students and staff will return to Sierra Leone next year to continue the work on the library. Congregations and individuals who would like to donate funds to assist with the cost of materials for the 2010 trip should contact the Rev. Dr. Lang Brownlee at 317-788-3382.

How can I receive updates on the work of University?

The Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs is responsible for coordinating the production of a newsletter that comes out three times a year. This resource is circulated internally at UIndy and is made available via e-HUM as a URL. See http://eip.uindy.edu/publications/connections.php for the United Methodist Connections newsletter.

Does the University provide resources that assist The United Methodist Church in carrying out its mission?

The Lantz Center has developed a series of “Crossings Reflections” publications about vocational discernment. Most of these are available in PDF format on the Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs office Web site at http://eip.uindy.edu/crossings/publications/.

The University of Indianapolis Press has published two books recently for United Methodist audiences. Dr. Kevin Corn’s book Forward Be Our Watchword is an historical study of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Indiana (1880 to 1920). This resource is used in the Wesleyan Connexion Project. In addition, Dean Michael Cartwright has recently completed a book of United Methodist perspectives on Christian mission. Exploring Christian Mission Beyond Christendom will be available for sale later this fall.

Contact UIndy’s Patricia Cabrera at 317-788-3288 if you are interested in purchasing copies of either of these resources.

What United Methodist programs are offered at UIndy?

The Indiana Area Extension Course of Studies School for part-time local pastors is directed by UIndy Philosophy and Religion Professor Emeritus Dr. Herb Cassel. The Wesleyan Connexion Project, a program for United Methodist seminarians from the Indiana Conference, meets earlier the same week of annual conference and is directed by Rev. Dr. Andy Kinsey, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin.