Campus Ministry

A New Kind of Campus Ministry

At the Urban Abbey, we believe that each person is made in the image of God. And the only hope we have of ever knowing about a God who is ultimately beyond all our understanding is by being in relationship with all kinds of different people. This is why we welcome people with different theological viewpoints, from various races and cultures and classes, and of every sexual orientation and gender identity into this community. We are fearfully and wonderfully made — all of us. Our commitment to gathering this beloved diverse community extends to our weekly worship which seeks to integrate college students into an intergenerational faith community, so we can learn from each other and journey as a whole people of God.

We have a presence at both the University of Nebraska Omaha and Creighton University. On campus, we reach out in new and innovative ways that seek to identify and address student needs. We don’t just dream up programs and invite people to join us. We visit student groups and bring coffee and host a “listening session” to find out what students are worried and or hopeful about, and how the Urban Abbey can help improve things or make dreams grow. The Name Tag Project and De-Stress with Dogs arose out of one of these listening sessions, as did QueerFaith on Campus.

Upcoming Events

Every Sunday: Intergenerational Worship
10 AM & 5:30 PM
Urban Abbey
Join other colleges students and our intergenerational worshipping community at the Urban Abbey. This an opportunity to center ourselves in God and in the community that reflects God's image. We talk with one another, sing songs, pray, hear a sermon, and come to the communion table together. In the United Methodist tradition, God's table is open to all people, of every age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, and class. You don't have to be a United Methodist or even baptized to participate. We are all invited to experience God's presence - so join us!

UNO Small Group
Every Tuesday
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Milo Bail Student Center Food Court
Table by the South Balcony
All students are welcome to join us as we journey together, discuss how it is with our souls (in other words, how we are really doing), and wrestle with scripture together. Join us for fellowship, lively conversation, and an exploration of what this ancient Christian faith means for us today.

Coffee Talks! Hosted by the UNO Veteran Student Organization
Every Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Office of Military & Veteran Service Conference Room
All students are welcome to join this time of journeying together, supporting each other, and drinking coffee! We will discuss all of life's ups and downs, think about our deepest values, and how we are experiencing ourselves as worthy of love and respect.

QueerFaith on Campus

Queer Faith on Campus logo QueerFaith on Campus (QFoC) is an initiative of Urban Abbey campus ministry. The goal of the project is to help LGBTQIA college students and allies think about and integrate their faith identity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. All people who identify as, or love and support, LGBTQIA college students are welcome at these events!

QueerFaith on Campus: Interfaith Edition
Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hear the folks on our panel speak about their experiences as LGBTQIA+ people or allies in their respective spiritual journeys and faith traditions.


Past Event Series: Changing the Conversation around Christianity & Queerness


Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & Faith Identity Basics
Thursday, September 8, 2016
7:00 pm
Urban Abbey
Have you ever wondered what all the letters in LGBTQIA+ mean? Do you want to understand gender identity and sexual orientation better in order to explore your own identity or to support your queer friends? Join PFLAG Regional Director Joni Stacy as we move way beyond gay and straight to a deeper understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity, and begin to understand how those identities intersect with faith.

Follow-up Discussion: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & Faith Identity Basics
Thursday, September 22, 2016
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Skutt Student Center - Creighton University

Queer Folks & Faith: It’s Been Complicated
Thursday, September 29, 2016
7:00 pm
Urban Abbey
Join us for an honest conversation about the many ways that faith has been complicated for LGBTQIA+ people. Hear stories of the way faith communities choose to support or not support queer children in their midst and the life-giving spiritual practices that queer people embrace as adults. This will be a space of acknowledging past, present, and future challenges for LGBTQIA+ people on their journey to spiritual wholeness. But above all, it will be a space to embrace hope.

Follow-up Discussion: Queer Folks & Faith: It’s Been Complicated
Wednesday, October 6, 2016
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Skutt Student Center - Creighton University

Moving beyond the Clobber Verses & Discovering Queer-affirming Scripture
Thursday, October 20, 2016
7:00 pm
Urban Abbey
Most of us have probably heard or seen scripture that denigrates LGBTQIA+ people tossed around - on social media, in political conversation, and even on the occasional hand-scrawled sign at a Pride parade. Gather for a conversation led by Rev. Chris Jorgensen that invites us to examine the cultural context of those scriptures and examine what authority they hold for our lives. Read them in the context of the whole biblical narrative, in the context of the ultimate law of loving God & neighbor, and alongside some surprising queer-affirming texts that never seem to make it onto those protest signs.

Follow-up Discussion: Moving beyond the Clobber Verses & Discovering Queer-affirming Scripture, includes presentation by Rev. Chris Jorgensen
Thursday, November 3, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Skutt Student Center - Creighton University

Queer Theology: Embracing the Gift of Queerness
Thursday, November 10, 2016
7:00 pm (Followed by a Service of Healing & Empowerment at 8:00 PM)
Urban Abbey
Did you know that "Queer Theology" is a thing? It's a thing in academia and increasingly a way of thinking about God that more Christians are beginning to embrace. In our final QueerFaith on Campus: Christianity Edition session, gather to learn about some of the key ideas of queer theology as we imagine how acknowledging and affirming the great variety of gender identity and sexual orientation in our world might teach us something about God - and what it means to be fully human. This session will be following by a brief service of healing and empowerment for LGBTQIA+ people and their allies.

Creighton University Transgender Day of Remembrance Service
Thursday, November 17, 2016
7:00 PM
Meet outside St. John Church at Creighton
As a follow-up to the final QueerFaith on Campus event, please consider joining the Creighton University Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Pastor Chris, and other members of the Creighton Community to recognize Transgender Day of Remembrance. There will be refreshments following the service and an opportunity to talk with each other about finding hope & healing as people of various sexual orientations and gender identities.

QueerFaith on Campus: What is God’s Gender?
Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The language we use about God matters. Whether we call God “She,” “He,” “They” or just plain old “God” matters deeply to how much we value transgender, queer, male and female bodies. Join us to explore how we might think about God’s gender more expansively - as we encounter God in scripture, in tradition, and reflected in the beautiful and various human beings around us.

If you have any questions about Urban Abbey Campus Ministry, Pastor Chris would love to share a cup of coffee and chat. You can email her at revchris@urbanabbeyomaha.com.

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1026 Jackson St. Omaha, NE 68102

urbanabbey@urbanabbeyomaha.com

402. 898.7600

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Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm