October 2017 Reflection

Each month we hope to give an update on the 3rd Way Collective experience at Penn State! Follow this blog to learn more about how we’ve been creating spaces for peace, justice, and faith at Penn State.


October has been an incredible month on campus and in our community!

We kicked off the month with the opening of the Waging Peace Exhibit at the Spiritual Center, a banner display highlighting the past 100 years of Quaker peace work from American Friends Service Committee. Our local State College Friends Meeting had reached out to us during the summer to help make this exhibit take place, as well as to help us plan a kick off event which included a panel of local voices from the Quaker community highlighting the work they had done.

October also included a visit from writer and blogger, Rachel Held Evans, co-sponsored by our Collaborative Campus Ministry friends. While in town, we were able to enjoy a student dinner with Rachel, her keynote talk for the community, as well as a brunch with local clergy. It was deeply moving to have her with us.

A small group of our students joined with some folks from Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light to provide a unique community service project this month – an invasive species clean-up event at local Walnut Springs Park.

During October our Peace Signs Podcast published our 100th episode highlighting stories of peace, justice, and faith! Each week listeners tune in because of this unique part of our ministry. It has been an amazing journey thus far.

Our regular weekly meals and our grad student pub night continues to provide meaningful spaces for people to gather around a table and share in each others life.

3rd Way Collective continues to provide our campus and community a unique presence. We are building a network of connected individuals across our campus and community – many who are actively engaged in different projects and passions. Each week we connect with new people who are curious about what we’ve started.

Thank you for your continued support, and consider giving to the work of 3rd Way Collective!

– Campus Pastor Ben Wideman

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