Moving away from home for college can be a huge transition in life. New friends, new favorite restaurants, culture shock, and more. Yet, one often overlooked part of moving and transitioning to college is the religious life.
If you’re not religious this can still have as profound of an impact as it will if you are religious. If you move from a non-religious area to the south, you’ll probably be surprised when a lot of people wake up early Sunday to head to church, or go out to mass late Saturday evening. If you consider yourself Jewish, Islamic, or another religion, moving to a majority Christian area could also be a strange change as well.
So, what exactly is religious life like at Furman? Well, the University has twenty-seven different religiously affiliated organizations on campus, including most denominations of Christianity, as well as Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Atheist groups. There’s almost a place for every single student to fit in, and if there isn’t, you can easily start your own organization through the Chaplain’s Office as well.
The one thing that makes religious life at Furman so unique and amazing is the Religious Council. Every other week, all twenty-seven religious organizations meet in a council session to conduct business, help one another, and support one another events and meetings. The Religious Council is truly one of the best examples of religious collaboration out there.
Most religious organizations on campus typically meet once a week for an hour or so to have a time of fellowship, discussion, and sometimes even meals. For example, I’m apart of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM). We meet every Monday at 7:30 for dinner and then a Bible study. Groups like BCM are a great way to connect with new people at Furman, in addition to finding ways and places to plug yourself into the religious community outside Furman as well.
So, when you get to Furman make sure you attend the Religious Organizations Fair during orientation week. Not only is it the best way to get plugged into people who share the same ideals as you, but it’s a great way to meet new people, get involved, and find a weekly way to worship or celebrate your religious values.