Do I have to be "super religious" to join a CLC? No. Many in CLC are just beginning to explore their spirituality and faith and how religion and church fits into this. Wherever you find yourself on this spectrum of life, church and faith, you are most welcome to join a CLC.
Can I be "super religious" and join a CLC? Yes! See Above.
Do I have to be Christian or Catholic? People of all faiths, backgrounds and denominations are welcome. However, it should be clear that CLC is most definitely rooted in the life and love of Jesus in the Christian faith and a rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality.
How often do groups meet? Small groups meet once a week, for an hour. People usually hang out afterwards with snacks etc...optional for all you busy folks!
How many people are in a group? Generally between 6-10 people.
Who leads the groups? A compassionate, friendly group of student leaders and Jesuit Scholastics who are eager to share their faith and grow in God's love. Click here to meet them!
What actually happens in the groups? Sharing, prayer, laughter, friendship, service and support! Each group takes on it's own unique personality but there is a general format we follow...beginning with prayer or poetry or song, followed by a personal sharing of our weeks, followed by some type of "focus exercise" exploring one of the three pillars of faith, community and service. Closing prayer, snacks, hang out :)
How does the sharing work, are there any ground rules or guidelines? We never force anything and you should share only what you are comfortable sharing and at your own pace. We review group guidelines together and place a high priority on listening, respect of others and the ongoing development of a trusting, caring environment. Confidentiality is a cornerstone of sharing.
How do I join a group? Begin by filling out the registration and giving us some insight into what you're looking for in a group (community, faith, service, etc...) and the days and times that would work best for you. Once we have your registration we'll contact you to talk things over...in some cases you may join an entirely new group and sometimes a pre-existing group.
What if I join a CLC and find it's not for me? No problem and no pressure to continue...though we do encourage you to give it some time to really get a feel for how great it can be!
Can I join with friends? Yes! Just make a note on your registration and we'll do our best to place you together.
Register for CLC!
For more information contact...
Erin Hoffman (Rose Hill), 718-817-4509, McGinley 206
Carol Gibney (Lincoln Center), 212-636-6318, Lowenstein 217B