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Vandy Wesley has offered a worshipping community for Vanderbilt students for over 50 years. Throughout its history, Vandy Wesley has always offered a progressive Christian community with student leadership. Through changing worship styles, locations, and campus ministers, these core elements of the ministry have remained. Christian faith in the Wesleyan tradition is Christ-centered, open-minded, and big-hearted.
We are named after the eighteenth-century founder of the Methodists, John Wesley, who started a spiritual revival on the college campus of Oxford that was focused on cultivating a Christian faith that is personally meaningful and socially relevant. Our mission on the campus of Vanderbilt is to continue in this tradition of forming and renewing the faith of emerging adults.
Like most Christian denominations, we have creeds that attempt to point to the essence of what we believe. In connection with Christian communities across the globe, we profess belief in the great creeds of the church, which are the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed. We believe that what unites us as Christians is far more important than what divides us. While we have our own particular views on a variety of theological and ethical issues, which can be found in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (online at www.umc.org), John Wesley taught us to live with a “universal spirit” that seeks to build bridges with other Christians, and with people of other faiths as well. In the spirit of Methodism, we do not focus on creating boundaries with long lists of required beliefs. Instead, we focus on creating a community that has a strong center in Christ, while being open to exploring the edges of faith in ways that respect both the limitations of our knowledge and the uniqueness of each person’s experience.
While creeds and statements of faith can be helpful in some ways, quite frankly, they can also be a bit dry and, if we are being honest, a bit boring. Interestingly, Jesus didn’t spend much time teaching creeds. Instead, he spent a lot of time telling engaging stories about what God is like, and Jesus’ followers spent a lot of time telling stories about Jesus to describe what God is like. Stories were how Jesus and his followers communicated what faith is about. We hope you’ll share your story with us.