Christian Life Communities
Christian Life Communities (CLC) are small groups that meet weekly to cultivate spirituality in an intentional setting. They are built upon the three pillars of faith, community, and mission, and are a great way to nourish your faith, form lasting friendships, and live out the gospel values!
Three Pillars of CLC
Faith: CLC is a strong foundation of faith, a way of "finding God in all things." Groups focus on Scripture, prayer, song, meditation, and just about any life and faith topics they want to explore.
Community: CLC is a great way to connect with others and form lasting friendships. God's love helps us to be ourselves, share our experience, and support each other through all the ups and downs of life.
Mission: CLC supports us in our efforts to live what we believe, to put the Gospel values into action. Explore issues of faith and justice while actively participating in a variety of service opportunities.
CLC has given me the opportunity to discover my faith on a much deeper level. At the same time, it's produced a vibrant, fun community that I really enjoy!- Jack Nussrallah, GSB '22
In CLC groups, there is: sharing, prayer, laughter, friendship, service, and support! Each group led by a compassionate, friendly group of student leaders and Jesuit Scholastics who are eager to share their faith and grow in God's love. takes on it's own unique personality, but there is a general format we follow: beginning with prayer, 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. Groups close with prayer and usually stick around to hang out and have snacks.
CLC is a great opportunity to openly discuss matters of faith and of the heart. But most importantly, it's a chance to relax and be around friends that care.- Nick Roveto, FCRH '22
Drop by our Rose Hill office (McGinley 102) or email Carol Gibney ([email protected]) for more info or to sign up!
Frequently Asked Questions
Many in CLC are just beginning to explore their spirituality and faith, and how religion and church fits into this. People of all faiths, backgrounds, and denominations are welcome. However, it should be clear that CLC is rooted in the life and love of Jesus in the Christian faith and a rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality.
Small groups of 6-10 people meet once a week, for an hour. People usually hang out afterwards with snacks etc.-- .optional for all you busy folks!
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.
Yes! Just make a note on your registration, and we'll do our best to place you together.
CLCs are an awesome way to build a faith community and get to know fellow Christian peers on campus. The CLC I was in freshman year was a great way to make lasting friendships while learning more about myself and my personal relationship with God. It was so nice to have that community of likeminded women to bond with during the beginning of my time at Fordham.- Bella Iazetta, FCRH '22