We, at the University of Indianapolis, take seriously our role as your United Methodist Church-related institution of higher education in the metropolitan Indianapolis area. Our campus is located on the south side of Indy, easily accessible by way of Interstates 65 and 465. We hope you will come visit us sometime, and we especially encourage you to bring your church’s young people to come and see our campus and get to know our excellent programming. The campus ministry at UIndy reflects the values of The United Methodist Church, and we hope you will think of our efforts as a way that you are involved in the lives of these young people.
It is vital our students come to learn and earn their degrees, and at the same time discover the many ways of growing in their Christian identity and faith commitments. To that end, the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs (EIP) is the unit that oversees religious life at UIndy.
EIP provides the approach and atmosphere that enable Christians and people from other traditions to live their faith as fully as possible while on campus. We do so in the spirit of the “giving and receiving of hospitality” to one another as a learning community.
Under the leadership of EIP’s dean, the Rev. Dr. Michael Cartwright, our mission is to create and implement curricular and co-curricular opportunities for the spiritual exploration and religious formation of UIndy students.
On the curricular side of our work is the Lantz Center for Christian Vocations and Formation, directed by the Rev. Jeremiah Gibbs. We offer a series of courses that help students assess the intersection of faith and life aspirations and to discern God’s vocational callings; to experience and practice historic and contemporary spiritual disciplines that deepen their relationship with God; and to develop patterns of life that intentionally and methodically pay attention to their faith. Students who complete this sequence of courses are invited to participate in a “Commissioning Service,” in which they share their statement of Christian commitment before members of their family, home church and members of the UIndy community. Other opportunities for retreat experiences and service augment the content of these courses.
On the co-curricular side of our service, the McCleary Chapel Ministry is supervised by the chaplains and our student leadership team, the McCleary Chapel Stewards.Our Christian ministries aim to mentor students, while developing leadership for the Christian church and offering opportunities for robust Christian discipleship.
Our programming includes living out the Christian faith through acts of compassion, devotion, interfaith engagement, justice, outreach, praise/worship and peer spiritual mentoring.
- Rev. Dr. L. Lang Brownlee, UMC University Chaplain 317-788-3382
- Rev. Jeremiah Gibbs, Ecumenical University Chaplain 317-788-2058
- Cindy Sturgeon, EIP Office Manager 317-788-2106
The Rev. Lang Brownlee, UIndy’s United Methodist Co-Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion, blesses a student during the Lantz Center Commissioning Service.