Starting this fall, the Wesley Foundation at Northern Illinois University will become the Inclusive Collective at NIU. In partnership with the NIC’s growing campus ministry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (the Inclusive Collective), Pastor Kaitlyn Frantz is leading the next chapter of this vital ministry at NIU. The leaders of the Wesley Foundation at NIU and the Inclusive Collective at UIC have discerned God's call to connectionism and partnership that makes them stronger together. Kaitlyn is a Master of Divinity student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She has spent her last year interning with the Inclusive Collective at UIC and will bring her skills and experiences from that context to NIU.
The ministry celebrates Pastor Rosa Lee's work at NIU and her dedication to students. Under Lee’s leadership, the ministry launched Hungry Huskies, which offers a substantial and healthy meal to one hundred students on Sunday nights in an effort to create community and combat student hunger.
The Inclusive Collective - NIU will continue the ministry of the Hungry Huskies, and looks forward to continually hosting students for this dinner party! Building on the success of Hungry Huskies, we will launch and experiment with several new ministries this year, including small groups, retreats, and worship. Many of these ministries will partner with the Inclusive Collective at UIC, allowing our students to broaden their network and experience God's movement with new friends.
This ministry is about offering the good news of a God who likes you; it is about hearing the stories of young adults in DeKalb; it is about offering spaces of rest and dialogue that can grow and stretch students through the radical work of the Holy Spirit. We are so excited to see what this new expression of Methodist ministry at NIU will look like!
How can you get involved?
If you know a student or faculty/staff at NIU, reach out to Kaitlyn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are a student, join a community group, attend Hungry Huskies, and/or simply have coffee with Kaitlyn! See more at our website (letsgetinclusiveniu.org)
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram! @letsgetinclusiveniu
Give financially by writing a check to the Northern Illinois Conference and put “IC at NIU” in the memo line and send to 77 W Washington, Suite 1820, Chicago, IL 60602.