Campus ministers are acutely aware of stresses that trigger depression, desperation, or suicidal thoughts during students’ college years. In response, UKirk collegiate ministries is partnering with Soul Shop. Soul Shop is a group who trains and equips communities of faith to more compassionately and skillfully walk with others through suicidal desperation. In July, UKirk sponsored a two-day event, inviting campus pastors from Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia to participate in a Soul Shop workshop held on the campus of Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV. Following the workshop, UKirk participants gave feedback to curriculum writer, Brian Kuhn, who will apply their collective expertise in collegiate ministry to a forthcoming edition of Soul Shop for campus leaders. Read the full article, by guest reporter Rachel Shussett... Download the pdf
To find out about dates and locations of a Soul Shop event near you, visit http://www.soulshopmovement.org/creating-soul-safe-communities/see-where-weve-been/
Pictured above are participants in the Soul Shop event held July 13-14, 2017, at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV. [Front row, left to right] Rich Cardot (Davis and Elkins College), Scott D. Goddard (Vice President for Student Affairs, Davis and Elkins College), Soul Shop facilitator, Michelle Snyder, Ginny Taylor-Troutman(Virginia Tech), Shelly Barrick Parsons (West Virginia University), Rachel Shussett (Pittsburgh Presbytery), Shelly Riemersma (CCO, Pittsburgh), Lacey Wood (Davis and Elkins College). [Back row, left to right] Lee R. Scott (CCO, Pittsburgh), Tammy Wiens (UKirk Mission Coordinator, Louisville, KY), Jonny Cagwin (CCO, Pittsburgh), Chris Bailey (Marshal University), and Keith Leach (Hampden-Sydney College).