Religious Life

Students participate in campus Religious Life event

Summer 2020 Soul Reset Series

Soul Reset
A global pandemic. Canceled summer plans. Social distancing. Violence and injustice. New journeys ahead.

Moments of transition, crisis, change or tension in our lives can be opportunities to reflect on meaning and purpose and to renew or rearrange our commitments so that we are prepared to engage the journey ahead — mind, body and spirit.  Methodist University Religious Life is pleased to offer several ONLINE opportunities to reset your soul and renew your spiritual life. As some events require a secure zoom link, please register through the MU Religious Life App (available for download in the App store or Google Play) or by email to ktaylor@methodist.eduAll events are free. 

The Awakened Life

The Awakened Life is an 8-week small group that helps to foster mental, emotional and spiritual well-being using mindfulness techniques and that prepares students to build resiliency and navigate a range of emotions that arise in college life. (Students only – open to incoming and returning students, register to receive book and weekly zoom link) ONLINE/8-9 PM/Thursdays beginning June 11 led by University Chaplain Kelli W. Taylor

COVID-19: Pre-existing Disparities Exposed: Systemic Racism and Discrimination

“While it may be tempting to return to life pre-COVID-19, the opportunity exists for people of faith to use this unprecedented moment to prophetically redress these historical and persisting wrongs,” says Amy Hong of the General Board of Church and Society.  Join us as we hear a conversation among three racial justice advocacy professionals regarding how COVID-19 has exposed systemic racism in the U.S. Following the video, we will engage in discussion about the video conversation. Single meeting ONLINE, Monday, June 8, 11 AM, register to receive a zoom link for the event. Open to students, faculty and staff. 

You’ll Get Through This

“You’ll Get Through This” is a 6-week study on the biblical story of Joseph. Stripped of his identity, thrown into a pit and sold as a slave, his was a story of defeat and challenges, but as time passed God worked through his circumstances to bring redemption and reconciliation. Although it may seem hard to believe, you will get through this, too. The story of Joseph’s life didn’t end in the pit and neither does yours. ONLINE/11AM-12 NOON/ Wednesdays beginning June 10, Led by Ruth Carr, Director of Religious Life and Community Engagement

Yoga Demystified

Yoga is both ancient art and modern exercise. Regular practice cultivates a sense of peace and well-being and develops harmony within the body, mind, and spirit. If you’re new to yoga, this series will get you comfortable with all the ins and outs, and ready to join any class. If you already practice, please come too! Sessions will be short – about 45 minutes – but packed with movement, information, and tranquility. ONLINE/Sessions that premiere daily at 7 AM will be archived and available all week. 2 Weeks offered: July 13-17 and July 20-24


About Us

Located in the Sharon and Ron Matthews Ministry Center (MMC), the Department of Religious Life and Office of the Chaplain are available for students interested in connecting with religious and spiritual life on campus, learning about faith communities, or seeking spiritual support along the journey of university life. Religious Life fosters a spirit of hospitality that supports and encourages all students, faculty and staff in honoring the sacred. In this environment of education and growth, there are safe and respectful times and places to wrestle with the hard questions of life. The University Chaplain, adjunct chaplains and staff are available to students of all traditions for conversations around faith and personal matters. Religious Life has many opportunities to serve, lead and grow spiritually. The core tenets of Religious Life are: Connect. Grow. Serve. Listen. Love. Learn.

A mid-week chapel service is offered on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. It is non-denominational and open to all. Catholic Mass is offered on Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. Student Religious Life Organizations include Ignite, Bible Study, PGM Fellowship, One Voice Gospel Choir, Interfaith Council, and “Unpacking Religion” discussion groups.

The Ministry Center’s Student Lounge,  “The Family Room,” (open 7 a.m.-12 midnight) is an inviting place for students to relax, watch TV, study, meet new people and enjoy an occasional snack. The University Chaplain, Rev. Kelli W. Taylor, is available at (910) 630-7515 or ktaylor@methodist.edu. Student program information is available from Ruth Carr at (910) 630-7157 or rcarr@methodist.edu.

This 2019-2020 Religious Life theme is “The Awakened Life.” See our Schedule of Religious Observances (2019-20) for a monthly list of religious observances.

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Staff

Rev. Kelli Taylor

Rev. Kelli Taylor, M.Div., OSL

Vice President for Religious Life & Community Engagement; Chaplain
(910) 630-7515
Religious Life Suite, Matthews Ministry Center
Rev. Kelli Taylor
Rev. Kelli Taylor, M.Div., OSL

Vice President for Religious Life & Community Engagement; Chaplain

B.A., Converse College; M.Div., Duke University; OSL

Professional Affiliations:

Elder in Full Connection – The United Methodist Church, South Carolina Annual Conference

SCUMC Board of Ordained Ministry, Theology and Doctrine Examination Committee

Bio:

Rev. Taylor holds degrees from Converse College and Duke University Divinity School and is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. In addition to serving as a Pastor in rural, downtown and urban churches, she has previously served as faculty in the Religion Department and Chaplain at Spartanburg Methodist College. Rev. Taylor was the Director of Communications for the General Board of Church and Society, one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church located in Washington, DC and served as editor for Guidelines for Leading the Church: Church and Society, Cokesbury Publishing, 2008. In 2019, she co-authored an article with Dr. George Hendricks, Dean of the School of Public Affairs at Methodist University, entitled “A Fresh Expression of ‘And Are We Yet Alive?’”, published in The Asbury Journal.

Rev. Taylor’s interests are: peace and reconciliation, interfaith religious literacy, liturgy, advocacy/justice on death penalty issues, teaching and Christian discipleship.

She is married to J. Richard Taylor, a PGA professional, and they have three sons.

(910) 630-7515
Religious Life Suite, Matthews Ministry Center
Ruth Carr

Ruth Carr, B.S.

Director, Religious Life & Community Engagement
(910) 630-7157
Religious Life Suite, Matthews Ministry Center
Ruth Carr
Ruth Carr, B.S.

Director, Religious Life & Community Engagement

B.S., Campbell University

(910) 630-7157
Religious Life Suite, Matthews Ministry Center
Father Jack Kelly

Fr. Jack Kelly

Catholic Campus Minister
Father Jack Kelly
Fr. Jack Kelly

Catholic Campus Minister

Rev. Becky Durham

Rev. Becky Durham

Adjunct Chaplain
(910) 488-3211
Rev. Becky Durham
Rev. Becky Durham

Adjunct Chaplain

(910) 488-3211
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Tre’Vone McNeill

Adjunct Chaplain
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Tre’Vone McNeill

Adjunct Chaplain