Students at the University of Iowa have a weekly opportunity to learn about people of faith and their spiritual journeys. Every Tuesday evening, students gather at the UI Wesley Center to break bread, be in community, pray, listen and receive sustaining nourishment for body and spirit.
This semester they are continuing a Spiritual Biography series. Each week a guest shares personal stories of God’s leading. They reflect on how their spiritual journeys have formed and informed their vocational work. Over the course of these Tuesday Table conversations, students have hosted community leaders, university faculty and religious leaders from across the Iowa Conference. Recently, for example, Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz, the pastor at Trinity/Las Americas and Wesley United Methodist Churches in Des Moines, was their guest.
“Each week,” UI Wesley executive director and campus minister Anna Blaedel says, “we deepen our own sense of our spiritual journey and reflect on the events, experiences, moments, decisions, questions and beliefs that guide our lives and our life work.”
The Iowa Conference is investing $577,000 in our four Wesley Foundations in 2017, including the University of Iowa as well as Drake University, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. This support is made possible with the apportionment gifts of United Methodist churches across the state.