Christian groups join forces for concert

Some hope for uniting denominations.
Friday, August 27, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:05 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 28, 2008

Several campus ministry organizations are joining forces to bring a Christian band to the MU campus Saturday evening.

Summerville, an acoustic-rock band formerly known as the Pool Boys, has performed nationwide at both church gatherings and public venues. The band, which was formed by students at the University of Kansas six years ago and is now based in Nashville, has also released five CDs.

“We’re hoping that this is one of the first events that Christian ministries do as a group,” said Beth Greimann, the campus minister at Campus Lutheran Church and an organizer of the concert. “It’s kind of exciting to pool your resources and do bigger things.”

Among the organizations involved in the effort are the Beta Sigma Psi fraternity, the Community of Christ Liahona House, the Episcopal College Fellowship at Calvary Episcopal Church, the Newman Catholic Student Center and the United Methodist Campus Ministry at the Wesley Student Center.

“It’s an important witness to show that we’re different denominations, with slightly different ways of interpretation, but that in Christ we are really working together,” said Michael Will, campus minister at the Wesley center.

Different campus religious groups work together throughout the year to offer ministry at Stephens and Columbia colleges, Will said. He said he is hopeful such joint ministry efforts will expand in the future.

Joint ministry efforts might also appeal to more students, said Matt Clark, an MU student and member of Lutheran Student Outreach.

“They want to group themselves in a Christian group, rather than wanting to group themselves in a denomination,” Clark said. “One of the reasons I want to do this concert is that we want to start encouraging a more unified Christian presence on campus.”

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