ERIC Number: ED021276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Residence Hall Ministry and the Role of the Campus Minister.
Nelson, Clifford A.
An experimental program, the Residence Hall Ministry, incorporating religious activities into the Pennsylvania State University residence hall systems has expanded from pastoral and personal counseling into broad program activities. A case approach was instituted in conjunction with the college counseling division, illustrating the adaptation of parish procedures to college settings through ecumenical procedures. For the future, seminary education will change toward involvement in the on-going processes of academic inquiry. Campus ministers must abandon their postures as campus critics, moral guardians, and superior beings because these produce schisms. Campus and church representatives must cooperate toward mutual objectives, discussing differences and seeking the truth. To effect changes, campus ministers must work through existing educational personnel and structures, and must have distinctive, visible, and identifiable functions. The minister's contributions and role stem from his concern with the application and development of the Judeo-Christian view in the lives of academic community participants. This involves assisting and advising students and administrators in developing the individual's worth and integrity, in dealing with crisis situations, and coping with the social action arena. (WR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, Detroit, Michigan, April 7-11, 1968.