Heel Life lists more than 40 "faith and religion" organizations that offer support for students. Although this is not a comprehensive overview of all organizations, it serves as an introduction to some of the available resources.
Presbyterian Campus Ministry
Presbyterian Campus Ministry, located at 110 Henderson St., strives to be a welcoming community that invites students to belong, believe and become, according to their website. The ministry offers Thursday night programs at 6 p.m. that include a student-cooked meal.
“PCM is a progressive campus ministry that is wide-open wrestling with questions and doubt as it relates to faith, and we’re an LGBTQ+ welcoming ministry,” PCM Minister Reverend Berry French said in an email.
Cameron Mewborn, a UNC senior who is the moderator for PCM, said that the ministry is a “safe and affirming” place that is open to people of all faiths and backgrounds.
“Church hurt is a big thing that people experience, and we want to sort of provide a safe space to deconstruct and reconstruct what faith looks like in college,” Mewborn said.
Mewborn said the ministry also works with other faith organizations on campus to provide resources for students.
Baha’i Student Association
First-year Issa Masumbuko founded the Baha’i Student Association with friends this semester to provide a place for community members to have an “enlightening conversation” at UNC.
Baha’i spaces are typically community oriented. Masumbuko said he wanted to bring that atmosphere to campus after a past club for Baha’is died down.
“How can we use spirituality or religion as a means to achieve social changes?” Masumbuko said.
This is one of the core questions the group plans to focus on this year.
North Carolina Study Center
The North Carolina Study Center located at 203 Battle Lane embraces the pillars of hospitality, education, vocation and discipleship, Haley Gray, UNC junior and lead intern at the center, said.
“This place made Chapel Hill feel like home,” Gray said.
The center is not affiliated with a denomination, and its mission is meant to “cultivate Christian life and thought at UNC,” according to the center’s mission statement.
Students can participate in regularly scheduled Bible studies and seminars, as well as the Fellows Program, which holds sessions about scripture, theology and Christian thought over three years.