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What began as a dream at University Mennonite Church, in State College, PA, has evolved into 3rd Way Collective (3WC), a campus ministry focused on peace, justice, and faith at Penn State University. Read what those involved in the ministry are saying, and consider getting involved by providing direct financial support or by becoming a champion for the ministry in your local congregation.


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Read the original vision for the ministry here.       Read what others are saying about 3WC on our press release page.

To find out more about 3WC, watch this video featuring 3WC supporters from University Mennonite Church, listen to voices of peace, justice, and faith through our weekly podcast, or get in touch with us.

Will you help support 3WC in one or more of the following ways?

  • Support 3WC directly through a tax-deductible financial contribution from you or your congregation, or pledge to make an ongoing commitment to this initiative for years to come.

Click here to make a donation now with our secure online donation page.

Download a contribution/pledge form and mail to: Treasurer, University Mennonite Church, 1606 Norma Street, State College, PA 16801

  • Complete our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you soon on how to get involved and become a champion for 3rd Way Collective in your local congregation. As a champion you’ll distribute 3WC information to your congregation and encourage prayer and financial support.

Our annual operating expenses for 3WC are approximately $84,000 per year. University Mennonite Church has pledged initial support for three years to launch the ministry and is looking to build partnerships with other churches and individuals to create a sustainable, long-term funding model. View a pdf document with our current budget here.

Thanks for your time and consideration. Peace to you this day,

The 3rd Way Collective advisory committee at University Mennonite Church

Ben Wideman, campus pastor 3WC
Marv Friesen, pastor UMC
Joel Weidner (co-chair)
Rosita Benner Derstine (co-chair)
Eric Sauder
Fran Osseo-Asare
Jim Rosenberger, treasurer UMC
Kris Charles
Leland Glenna