About the Chaplaincy
Catawba takes seriously its commitment to the spiritual growth of each individual at the same time that the College recognizes the varied expressions of religious belief that are present in a college community.
As a part of this commitment, the College employs a chaplain who serves as a pastor to the members of the campus community, works with students in providing worship opportunities and supervises programming contiributing to the spiritual growth of members of the community.
Services of the Chaplain
About the Chaplain
Catawba's chaplain is the Rev. Dr. Kenneth W. Clapp (Pastor Ken), Class of '70. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he also is a Senior-Vice President of the College and Director of the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. Living on campus, he is readily available to the students and highly involved in campus activities, provides counseling for students, and serves as an advisor to a variety of student groups.
Students of all faiths are welcomed to an interdenominational worship service Tuesday evenings at 10:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Regardless of a student's background or tradition, he or she will feel comfortable in this service. Also, students may wish to affiliate with one of the local churches, perhaps a church of her or his own denomination. Many of the local churches provide transportation to and from campus on Sunday mornings.
Student Faith Development
Catawba offers every student opportunities to participate in activities that can be helpful in the ongoing process of faith development. The College believes that students should be able to make their own decisions about what they will participate in or do. Therefore, while students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities and programs, attendance and participation are not required.
A Religious Life Council coordinates religious activities and offerings for the student body. Opportunities for spiritual growth in addition to Campus Worship include participation in activities such as weekly Bible studies, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Campus Crusade.
The VOLUNTEER CATAWBA program coordinates a wide variety of community service projects, as well as mission service projects in various parts of the nation and abroad.
THE LILLY CENTER FOR VOCATION AND VALUES at Catawba College offers SPIRITUAL GROWTH RETREATS where students are assisted in reflecting upon their spiritual journeys and deciding how to take the next step in growing spiritually. SCHOLARSHIPS are available to students exploring the vocation of ministry.
INTERNSHIPS give students opportunities to find out about jobs serving others and to experience what it is like to be engaged in various careers. A major emphasis of the Lilly Center is to help students explore who they are as children of God, to understand what that means in terms of what they are called to do with their lives and the vocation or career they will choose.
Other Services of the Chapel
The Omwake-Dearborn Chapel opens each day from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. for quiet meditation. Throughout the year the formal ceremonies of the College, from Opening Convocation to the closing Baccalaureate service, take place in the Chapel. It also is the site of numerous weddings and musical concerts and community activities.
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Today, the College is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The UCC acknowledges that the College considers the Judeo-Christian tradition to be important and provides support to the College, but does not seek control in any way. The rules and policies of the College are made by the members of the Board of Trustees and reflect what they believe to be in the best interests of the studnets and do not necessarily reflect any church relationship.
The UCC Denomination
The United Church of Christ is a main line protestant denomination very similar in beliefs and practices to the Presbyterian and Methodist churches, not very different from the Lutheran Church. In the late 1950s, the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church merged to form the United Church of Christ. Today, over 40 different denominations are represented in the Catawba student body with the largest number of students coming from the Southern Baptist Convention and the Roman Catholic Church.