Adrian College was founded in 1859 by Asa Mahan, a pastor & scholar active in the antislavery and women’s rights movements.
Mahan never separated the head, heart, and hands, and neither do we. Our chaplaincy sponsors many events and activities outside the classroom, but our chaplain teaches, too. Our ministry unites vibrant worship, rigorous study, and action in the world. The Adrian College Chaplain's Office is a leader among the international movement to fight contemporary slavery or "human trafficking." In early 2014, Adrian College's legacy regarding these movements was mentioned on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR. The spot, which occurs around the 39:30 mark, is amidst a conversation discussing college and university involvement with antislavery. To learn more about the program, and to listen to the show, click here.
The chaplaincy at Adrian College is organized around three emphases:
- Student Spiritual Life
- The Health and Wholeness of the Entire College Community
- Intellectual Engagement with a Variety of Religious and Social Questions
There are several spiritual life groups on campus, and more are in the process of formation. These groups coordinate their ministries through one student-led Religious Life Council. The RLC plans many activities throughout the year. The member groups are:
- ALPHA (African American Leaders Promoting Higher Achievement)
- Alpha and Omega Women's Bible Study
- Campus Crusade for Christ (Non-denominational Bible study and fellowship)
- Catholic Student Association
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Major Cole (an organization for students considering seminary or some full-time ministry)
- Men's Bible Study
- Praise Team (worship music)
Another group supported by Chaplain Momany is the Not for Sale group. The group was featured at an anti-slavery conference in Cinncinnati. To find out more about the group, click the tab on the left of the screen, or by watching the video.
Chaplain Momany In the News
Chaplain Momany wrote an article for The United Methodist Reporter on May 24, 2013, discussing our "Jesus came for all" identity. The article takes a look at the world today, and leaves the reader with excellent coming-away points. A quote from the article (which can be found here):
It is time to be who we are. God has called us to be who we are. The world needs us to be who we are!
Chaplain Momany was again published in The United Methodist Reporter on January 3, 2014. Read his article, "Faith Lived Out: What does it mean for the Social Principles to be 'Social'?" here. This is the first of a 12-part series on the "Social Principles" -- the denomination's official position on matters of ethics -- of The United Methodist Church.
The second installment in this series, "Faith Lived Out: The value of knowing value," can be read here (published: February 8, 2014).
The third installment, from March 7, 2014, is based on "A theocentric ecology." It can be read here.
In a separate publication with The Christian Century, Momany wrote about atonement, sacrifice and the "Affirmation of being." Read his article, published January 28, 2014, here.
Lenawee Magazine met with Momany to discuss his work with Not 4 Sale -- an on-campus club dedicated to ending human trafficking. The article also touches on the College's first president, Asa Mahan, and the connection between Mahan's "intrinsic worth" theory and Momany's work as chaplain today. Read the February 12, 2014, article here.
Later in 2014, Momany will be a speaker at Bay View Association, a well-known Chautauqua organization. In June, he will be speaking about Emancipating Personhood. Learn more about this speaker series, and about Bay View Association, here.