Pastor Rachel Young Binter
Why I love being a campus pastor: I believe abundant life comes from being deeply connected to the sacred in ourselves, others, and the world around us – just as Jesus said. As a campus pastor, I actually get paid to have experiences of that really amazing connection as students share their lives with me while flipping pancakes on Wednesday mornings, or we have faith conversations around candles in the prayer room during Monday night class, or we share bread and wine and prayer and peace at worship on Thursdays, or we set out to explore how our lives can make a difference in our local community or on a spring break service and learning trip. My life has been changed, deepened, stretched and made holy by the students I have had the pleasure of standing with. It is the best job in the world!
Major: Pre-Rabbinical Jewish Studies
Why I love being a Peer Minister: The Corner House has given me a home where I can love G!d, be committed to social justice, and find spiritual kinship with my community. It was an unexpected gift, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Being a peer minister gives me the chance to help create the magic for others and make this holy space that we all are a part of open and inviting for anyone else who walks in the door. The Corner House never ceases to amaze me with its capacity to support everyone in their search for their Truth, and it is a blessing to be a part of that support system.
Major: Linguistics and Spanish
Why I love being a Peer Minister: Being a part of campus ministry has been a recent development in my life, but it has had an important role in shaping my faith. I grew up in a very traditional and conservative synod, and the campus ministry community has brought me to a place of peace, where I no longer feel that my religion is in contradiction with my views. The community at Corner House has always been warm and welcoming to me and everyone else who walks through their doors.In my two semesters serving as a Peer Minister, I’ve grown in my ability to express myself, through meditation, worship, and most of all by sharing my own story with others and listening to their stories in turn.
Major: Master of Sustainable Peace Building
Why I love being a Peer Minister: I was first introduced to the Corner House as a young professional working at UWM. It became the authentic and welcoming community I was looking for! It’s an honor and a joy to return to the Corner House as a member of the leadership team. I look forward to contributing to the Corner House’s mission of active faith through relationship, connection, and community.
Major: Information Science And Technology
Why I love being a Peer Ministry: Peer Ministry has really become part of my day to day routine and all the events we put on become the highlights of my week. The Corner House is definitely my home away from home where I come to take a breath and a break from a rigid school schedule. At the Corner House I can be myself and learn about others. Being a peer minister only amplifies that fun! I was able to schedule my own event the Friends, Faith, Fibers group that meets once a week and the folks that have learned are hooked! I am forever grateful for Corner House and would recommend being a peer minister to anyone willing to have a good time growing in their faith.
Why I love being a Peer Minister: I love being a peer minister at the Corner House because the people there are family. The Corner House is filled with loving and caring individuals that truly care about how you are doing in school as well as your faith journey. They take time to get to know you and make you feel welcomed. They challenge and support you and your relationship with God and are there for support when needed. As a first-time peer minister, I am looking forward to helping create this inviting and welcoming space that others created for me.
Major: French/Art History
Why I love being a Peer Minister: The Corner House is a place full of love, laughter, and life. I love being a part of this community because it is a place where all people are welcome. I have met and continue to meet the most amazing people who inspire me to deepen my faith and share God’s love with the world. I am so blessed to be part of the Lutheran Campus Ministry because it is a family of faith trying to make the world a better place.
Major: Dance and Psychology
Why I love being a Peer Minister: I enjoy being a Peer Minister because I enjoy planning programs and worship. I love being engaged with conversations about faith with other people and supporting each other on our faith journeys.