I believe in Christianity in the same way I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
~C. S. Lewis
Lumen: Life and Learning in the Light of Christ
Lumen will help introduce you to life at the U. And it will give you a foundation for your four years here and for the major life decisions you’ll make after college. Lumen is a free, five-week program that’s held in both the fall and the spring semesters. We meet once a week for an hour and a half for lunch, fellowship, and discussion in Coffman Union.
Lumen is designed for first-year students who are interested in thinking about how their Christian faith relates to their studies at the U. But all students are welcome, regardless of year in school, religious background, or faith commitment. The best way to get a sense of whether Lumen’s right for you is to come check out one of our beginning-of-the-semester open houses:
Fall Kick-Off BBQ
- Tuesday, Sept. 8, 5-7 p.m.
- MacLaurinCSF Study Center (on the St. Paul campus, just two blocks from the Campus Connector stop)
Fall Lumen Kick-Off
- Tuesday, Sept. 22, noon
- Coffman Union room 304
Interested? Sign up to find out more! Or, come by our study center on the St. Paul campus—we’re open from 9-5, M-F.
* Both name & email are required.
Fall Semester Lumen Launch: Tuesday, Sept. 22
- Tuesdays, September 22 – October 20
- Meeting time: noon – 1:15 pm
- Meeting place: Coffman (CMU room 304)
We’ll offer a second opportunity to participate in our Lumen program as well. The second session will begin the week of October 26, dates and times TBD.
The Lumen program covers a wide range of topics:
- the purpose of college from a Christian perspective
- how to choose a major
- how to wisely manage time and money while at school
Our main goal? To help you connect your faith to your time at the U in meaningful ways that will help you thrive in your studies.
What Students Say
I would most definitely recommend Lumen to other freshmen! If you want to get connected with fellow Christians on campus, learn more about how to glorify God through stewardship, find meaning in your studies, have access to a wonderful library and a great place to study, grow from Christian mentors on campus, and drink fantastic coffee and teas while satisfying your sweet tooth, then Lumen is for you.
Besides the amazing scones, I have enjoyed the fellowship and discussion each week. Through Lumen I was introduced to the idea of academic faithfulness—working not just to get the best grades, but to glorify God through my studies. School is no longer a selfish means to eventually get a good job, but a way to praise God through my studies in the here and now.
~Katie B., current Lumen participant
This program takes what the Bible means seriously as it applies to how we should be living our lives at the University and beyond. Among many of the topics we explored, I feel I’ve learned the most in the areas of being academically faithful, being a steward of my resources, and properly managing the gift of time, which are areas we all could use some divine help in.
Because of the Lumen program, I feel I have a better understanding of what it means when we say that all knowledge and wisdom belongs to Christ.
I would recommend Lumen to friends who are wondering how they can effectively integrate their faith into all they do so that they are faithful to Christ in all things. Students should participate in Lumen because it is an opportunity to consider how they can lead faithful lives alongside other believers who will encourage them in doing so. College is not a time to set your faith aside, but rather, it is a stepping-stone to leading a fulfilling life.
~Cody T., current Lumen participant
MacLaurinCSF’s goal is to help students see where their own personal studies and vocations fit into God’s over-arching story. After participating in Lumen, I’ll be able to see the purpose behind my studies, knowing that what I do in the classroom matters eternally.
A Christian who has firmly decided to make Jesus their savior and wants to know how to serve him better is prime Lumeneer material!
~Ryan M, current Lumen participant
For more info
The program is designed for first-year students, but interested sophomores and transfer students are also welcome. You can email the program’s director, Andrew Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you’re interested or have any questions.
Or, you can simply sign up for the Lumen email list:
* Both name & email are required.