The Diocese of Washington supports campus ministries at American, Georgetown, George Washington and Howard Universities, St. Mary's College and at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Students: Need Help Getting Connected?
Whether you’re new to the area and looking for a local congregation, a student, looking for a campus ministry, or, leaving this region for a new job or school, we'd love to help you get connected. Just provide us some basic information and we’ll get to work!
Parents: Sending Your Kid to College?
We do our best to nurture the spiritual lives of students on campus through our enduring traditions. If your child is going to be on one of our campuses, provide us some basic information and we’ll reach out to them. If you would like to keep up to date with campus and young adult activities in our diocese, subscribe to our email list. And don’t forget that your financial support of our work helps us in this effort.
Parishes: Want Volunteer Ideas?
‘Adopt’ a college student
Would you like to get to know a college student and provide a “home away from home?” Consider asking individuals in your congregation to “adopt” a student at a nearby college. Many Episcopal congregations partner with the Episcopal campus ministries to match college students with parishioners. Each pairing may decide how often to get together and what they would like to do, but we ask that parishioners commit to 1) inviting their student to a meal in order to make introductions and 2) checking in with their student a couple of times during the semester.
Provide Meals for Weekly Gatherings
Provide a meal (either home cooked or catered for weekly campus ministry gatherings, where students enjoy Bible and book studies, dinner, and fellowship). It costs between $100-$150 to feed about 10-15 students. To provide a meal for one of our campuses, please email the chaplain listed below:
- American University (email Carolyn Seaton)
- Georgetown University (email the Rev. Becky Zartman)
- George Washington University (email the Rev. Shawn Strout)
- Howard University (email the Rev. Yolanda Rolle)
- St. Mary's College (email the Rev. Nathan Beall)
- University of Maryland (email Teresa Terry)
Contribute to exam care packages
Create cards and encouraging notes for college students and assemble goodies such as granola bars, candy, and fruit to stuff into care packages and distribute to students. In Sunday School, parish children might draw pictures and help put together the bags or boxes. It’s a good idea to make some extra packages to give to students to hand out to their friends or stressed classmates.
Provide a safe haven during exams: Open your doors and empty meeting rooms to students looking for quiet study spaces. Setting up some fresh coffee and chocolate gets extra credit!
Hire a college student to babysit
Many of our students can use some extra cash and crave a brief escape from the college bubble, so if you’re in need of babysitters, consider contacting a student from parish babysitting lists.