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Grads in the Belfry

At UC Davis, campus ministry goes beyond a bachelor's degree

Beth Parks, a 33-year-old doctoral candidate in neuroscience, may not be the typical Lutheran campus ministry student. But at the Belfry — the joint Lutheran-Episcopal campus ministry at the University of California, Davis — she's in good company.

Two Fridays each month, Parks shares conversation and food with the Belfry's "Postgraduate Fellowship Group." Parks, the Belfry's peer minister of music, helped found the group about three years ago and is still an active member. They meet year-round, and participation ranges from six members in the summer to more than a dozen during the academic year.

Those who've found a home with this group include masters, doctoral and older undergraduate students, as well as young professionals from the community. The program, Parks says, is open to anyone. Many participants were involved in a Lutheran campus ministry during their undergraduate years.


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