There is a new Christian student organization on campus.
It’s called RUSH Campus Ministries and it meets at 8 p.m. every Tuesday in the lobby of Conway Hall. The name stands for “Reaching (the) Unreached Student Harvest.”
RUSH was organized in December and is nondenominational. Its overall goal is “empowering students to change their world through an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.” The group’s Facebook page states that it is “UCA’s only true Intercultural, Interracial, Interdenomational, and Interfaith Campus Ministry.”
Ozell Pace Jr., a minister and president of RUSH, said that what sets RUSH apart from other Christian RSOs on our campus is that RUSH is interfaith. This means that other religions and denominations are respected and that no effort is made to convert members of other religions – only to educate them about the life of Jesus Christ.
In addition to regular services, RUSH has themed services to bring awareness to causes that the RSO deems important. For example, RUSH Campus Ministries recently had a “Hoodie Tuesday” service in remembrance of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida youth that was shot by a neighborhood watch captain on Feb. 26.
RUSH members were encouraged to bring Skittles and iced tea, two items that Trayvon Martin had in his possession when he was killed, to the service. According to the RSO’s Facebook page, “Hoodie Tuesday” featured music, dancing, miming, poetry and a sermon.
The ministry has also scheduled a “Stop Kony” prayer rally for 10 p.m. Friday. The prayer rally will take place on the night that participants in the Kony 2012 campaign will post flyers that call for the arrest of Joseph Kony, an African warlord.