University of Colorado at Boulder
For over 100 years, the CU Wesley Foundation has existed to help students on their collegiate journeys. We are an inclusive, welcoming, LGBTQIA-affirming campus ministry here in Boulder. Our mission is to partner with students as we explore spirituality and faith in today’s world. We hope to help students forge a deeper connection with God and the universe, while also helping students cultivate a passion for justice and community.
In simpler terms? We are a ministry that welcomes everyone. We believe that faith, when practiced right, results in the affirmation that God loves each of us and that all of us are worthy of receiving love from others. We know religion gets it wrong a lot. And we know the pain church has caused so many for so long. But here at the Wesley Foundation we believe that love wins. And we believe that a group of seekers committed to exploring faith and justice just might make a difference in the world.
The Sufi mystic Rumi wrote, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.” Come and meet us at Wesley.
Blue Book Café
Caffeine is central to the college experience. And let’s be honest: it’s also crucial to surviving college. So come and study in our student lounge. We have free coffee, tea, cookies (when the Director remembers to put them out), and Wi-Fi. And here’s the thing: there’s no catch. You can take advantage of our space and caffeine without having to participate in any community events. Many of our students that use this space never come on Sunday evenings: and that’s ok.
Soul Food Sunday
Soul Food Sunday is what we’ve named our weekly gathering. It’s as casual and informal as it gets. We come together at 4:00, and we sing, we discuss (let’s be honest: you all get lectured at enough in class), we read, and perhaps most importantly we eat. And even more important than that: the meal is free.
Stress and busy schedules are an unfortunate part of college life. Being able to carve out some time—even if it’s only a little—to slow down, reflect, and re-center is an important part of self care. We offer free yoga (and mats) to students in the hope that we can provide space and time to experience some calm. Join us on Mondays at 5:30 (Iyengar Flow), and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5:00 (Vinyasa Flow).
Peanut Butter and Lovin’
Every Saturday at 1:00 during the fall and spring semesters we gather together to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless. We know that homelessness and food scarcity is a complex issue. And we know our sandwiches won’t fix everything. But we also think the conversations that take place while making the sandwiches, and the relationships built while offering them to those in need are meaningful. And you know what? Caring for vulnerable persons doesn’t mean you have to go to church (although you might). You may have lots of faith or be skeptical of the whole enterprise; regardless, you can make a sandwich and share in some great conversations.