Welcome to The Gathering!

The Gathering is a safe, open space where undergraduate and graduate students can explore and express their questions and their doubts, learn from others, and be supported in their personal faith and growth. We gather every Wednesday night, 5:30-7:30, for a free, home-cooked meal, conversation, and friendship.

For the 2017-2018 our theme is Grub Theology. Grub Theology is people sitting around a table after a shared meal, talking about issues of faith, philosophy, ethics, ideas, relationships, current events, and anything else that matters. It’s an open conversation, where everyone is welcome and anyone can share their thoughts. It’s a safe space, where people can be honest about topics of faith and meaning, ask any questions, and, at the end of the night, know that it’s okay if we disagree with each other. It’s a place where you can come as you are, trusting that others will offer their support and encouragement. It’s a place where you can bring your friends of any faith or no faith, trusting that those friends will be accepted and respected. At the Gathering table, there is only welcome.

If you are new to the University of Michigan, whether a freshman in college or a new graduate student, we hope you will check us out some Wednesday night this fall! If you are returning to the University of Michigan and haven’t yet found a place that you can call “home,” either spiritually or socially, we hope you will come, too! And if you are just curious about what faith or community is all about, we would love for you to give us a try, too. We think you will find that we are warm, open, and accepting of people from all backgrounds, with all kinds of questions and hopes.

As the school year kicks off again, here are a few things we hope you will put on your calendar!

  • Wednesday, September 13, 5:30pm-7:30pm and every Wednesday during the U-M semester – our regular weekly Wednesday Gathering begins, with a free home-cooked meal and conversation
  • Saturday, September 23, 2:00p-4:00p – Saturday of Service – join us to volunteer at Food Gatherers, our region’s food rescue program
  • Tuesday, October 10, 3:30p-6:45p – Vespers Meal for the Homeless and Hungry – come help in the kitchen at First Baptist of Ann Arbor as we prepare and serve a meal for those in need. Come for half an hour or the whole time.

We are excited about the year ahead, and we hope to see you soon!

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