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Campus Ministry

Students return for the new academic year and we welcome them with open arms!

The Cortland County Council of Churches provides a Protestant Campus Minister to SUNY Cortland students, faculty, and staff.

The Rev. Rachel Ditch is our Protestant Campus Minister. Rachel is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is the pastor and spiritual advisor for students, staff, and faculty of mainline Protestant denominations (i.e. Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, UMC, UCC, etc.). Rachel also believes in Interfaith programming and works to build connections for people of varying traditions. No matter what your faith tradition (including not claiming a faith at all), Rachel would love to meet you and share in conversation about life!

“I want to be a person who journeys with everyone in this campus community. Some of us are people of faith, some of us aren’t, and those difference will help us to create a wonderful community where we all belong and have voice. You will see me at events on campus and have an office at the Interfaith Center. Come and see me anytime, I am here for YOU!” –Rachel

Click here to download a copy of the Campus Ministry Weekly Schedule

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Visit Rachel at the Interfaith Center

7 Calvert St., Cortland
(corner of Prospect & Calvert – across the street from the Dowd Fine Arts Building)
or feel free to contact her anytime:

rachel.ditch@cortland.edu

607.753.1002 (O) or 607.221.0882 (cell/text)

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Activities

Wednesday Worship
begins at 12:15 pm each Wednesday
This 30-minute service changes in format, but always includes time for prayer on behalf of the campus community.

Bible Study for Faculty & Staff
begins at 12:00 noon each Monday
If you are faculty or staff, come join us as we journey through the Bible.  We’re having some great discussions, and there is always room for another person around the table.

Stuff That Matters
Thursdays beginning at 4:30 pm
We have a free meal for students who want to talk about stuff that matters to them, even while cooking, eating, and cleaning up.  Cooking begins at 4:30, and clean-up is accomplished by 6:30. Come and join the conversation!

Study Break
Sundays at 9:00 pm
A chance to check in for discussions or worship or games or food or ??  This will now be the official meeting time of our club—called The Interfaith Crew.  Everyone is welcome to be a part of the fun!

‘Move In’ Day
Council volunteers provide assistance to students as they arrive on campus at the beginning of the fall semester and distribute information about religious activities and local churches in the community.

Cortaca Mug!
Cortaca Mug is a major event of the year. Cortaca Mug is an alcohol/drug free alternative on the weekend that Cortland plays Ithaca in football.  This past year (2012) was our 5th annual event, and we have the Mugs to prove it—over 170 students chose to spend all or part of their evening in a safe environment at the Interfaith Center!

Click here to read about some of the highlights from last years event!
Click here to view pictures.

Want to help?! Click here to learn how.