Every year, Garrett has a variety of student organizations operating that provide students with space for fellowship, spiritual formation, academic discussion, creativity, and much more.
As the needs of the student body shift from year to year, some student organizations may take a break and others may come back online. The Office of Student Life can help you connect with the student organization that fits your needs and passions (or help you start a new one!).
Below are some of our student organizations.
Co-ConSPIRITors is a white affinity, anti-racist group for all community constituencies. The purpose of the group is three-fold: 1) educate white students to be anti-racists by developing authentic understandings of white privilege, white fragility, and white supremacy; 2) seek opportunities to take action for making change in the various spaces in which we live, study, worship, and work; and 3) foster racial humility and a commitment to an ongoing learning process. We have named the group “Co-ConSPIRITors” to signify the spiritual and theological focus of our members and to reflect the idea of “co-conspiracy,” a move from passive allyship to active responsibility and collaboration in creating change.
The purpose of G-EBS is to promote scholarship and fellowship among Black students and to sensitize the seminary community to the black religious experience. The group sponsors programs, worship services, and other activities that affirm and encourage appreciation for Black customs, culture, and religious traditions. Membership is open to African Americans and international students from Africa and the Caribbean.
The Korean Student Association is a student group for Korean Americans and international students from Korea. Its primary purpose is to provide support and fellowship and to promote an awareness of Korean culture and customs in the seminary community. They typically offer several get-togethers with food, worship services, and other special events throughout the semester.
This religious order in the United Methodist Church is dedicated to sacramental and liturgical scholarship, education, and practice. It was founded in 1946 to strengthen Christians in their spiritual journey through a life of disciplined prayer with a strong emphasis on the sacraments as means of grace. Its moving and sustaining force is that vision of John and Charles Wesley that sought to bring about a sacrament as well as an evangelical revival in the church. Activities of the seminary chapter include educational events focusing on worship, community worship events, and other activities that develop spiritual growth.
Sacred Worth is a student group that seeks to advocate for the dignity, rights, and issues of the LGBTQ+ communities and their allies. It is a place of fellowship and support for all persons. Sacred Worth affirms that all persons are of sacred worth, created in the image of God and every effort is made to recognize the rights of all people and to celebrate each person regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Seminarians for Justice is a student group that seeks to provide a community where students can learn about justice work and what it means to actualize public theology. This includes providing education about social/environmental justice issues, connecting with other organizations and seminaries that are working on social/environmental change, and taking part in public actions.
Seminarians for Justice values both robust existential reflection on the issues of our time and substantive public work that furthers the commonwealth of God. We are a social action and group education network. Taking seriously the notion of the Word as flesh, we will strive to embody what Christ looks like today by educating ourselves on, and engaging with, contemporary social and/or environmental issues in a public way.
The Spoon Collective is a group of seminarians at Garrett who experience the effects of chronic mental or physical illness and/or disability, along with their allies. The Spoon Collective offers peer support, provides encouragement, promotes advocacy/education, elevates disabled voices, and challenges ableism.
sustainGETS is a coalition of Garrett-Evangelical students, faculty, staff, and friends working towards a more sustainable campus and more sustainable living overall. In addition, we hope to be able to take the things we learn through sustainGETS into the world. Through this, we hope to transform the church and the world.
Theta Alpha Kappa is the only national honor society dedicated to recognizing academic excellence in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students and in scholars in the fields of Religious Studies and Theology. Induction requires nomination by a local chapter and, to be eligible, students must meet GPA and unit completion requirements, and other stipulations.
Theta Alpha Kappa maintains a vigorous national program of scholarship awards and fellowship competitions; its primary publication, the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa, offers an annual prize and the publication of outstanding student papers. Theta Alpha Kappa is a related scholarly organization of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).
Garrett’s Student Council is composed of students elected from the various degree programs. Its mission is to support and empower the student body and create community through, but not limited to: communication with the students, staff and faculty; prayers; guidance; and financial and hands-on support of student activities. Student Council meets monthly to address issues of student and community concern.