Author Archives: Lauren Canary

About Us

Wesley is a christian community at Central Michigan University, open to all students, including non-christians.

“Christian” means caring, not hateful.

Wesley is an extension ministry of the United Methodist Church, a mainline Christian denomination. We ask everyone to try and follow Jesus’ Golden Rule – “Treat others as you would like to be treated” – whenever participating at Wesley events. We don’t enjoy having┬áreligion pushed on us, so we won’t push our religion on you. We welcome conversations about religion, so we will politely invite you to such conversations – primarily through advertising – but everyone is welcome to participate at Wesley without fear of being harassed or condemned.

“Community” means having things in common.

We invite you to join in wherever you find something in common with us. If you’re interested in Christianity, try a worship service, discussion group, or Bible study. If you’re interested in eating, or dancing, or studying, or movies, we have weekly events in those areas. If you already have a group that’s looking for a great place to meet, check out the Wesley Center – perhaps you’ll be our next community!

Beyond a common interest, we encourage people to start sharing more in common, especially their lives and concerns. We believe working together for the common good is key to a healthy community.

Wesley values openness, authenticity, and community.

“Community” goes without saying – it’s basic to our definition. But we don’t want a community created by artificial uniformity.

We are open to all people, including those often excluded by religious groups.

Most religious groups claim they are open to all people. We mean it. We are proud to count among our members people who are Muslim, Hindu, Agnostic, Gay, Trans, Light skinned, Dark skinned, Young, Old… And we are open to people in varied conditions, including people with mental illnesses and people dealing with addictions.

In order for this to work, we don’t condemn people, and we ask you to avoid condemning others as well. 

Our leaders are authentic. We invite you to be the same.

Wesley is a place where there’s no need to pretend to be what you’re not. Our leaders are real people who make real mistakes and are willing to say so. Because we are open to all people, Wesley is a safe place for honest discussions about difficult subjects. 

Wesley teaches the Golden Rule at all its events, and a broad perspective on Christianity at its religious ones.

We believe treating others as you wish to be treated is fundamental to an open, authentic community, and so the Golden Rule is promoted (usually by example) at all events. Religious events attempt to offer a broad view of Christianity as it has varied through time and space, allowing students to form for themselves a theology that is consistent with their values. Our pastor has his own views – which he will be happy to share with you – but people are always welcome to disagree. 

Floors wear out.

The students of Wesley have decided to update the floor of the main room! This room serves as our sanctuary on Sunday mornings, and is used throughout the week for activities like meals, Swing Dancing, movie nights, and exercise, as well as special events throughout the year. The cost to maintain our 50+ year old flooring grows annually. It’s time for a less costly, more welcoming and comfortable floor for the students of CMU. Any and all support is welcome and greatly appreciated!

https://campusministry.networkforgood.com/projects/77585-wesley-cmu-floor-update?fbclid=IwAR2jGjj_eiwzA7GpdfXTH7tbNTGmmeH_ZruLCkh_L2Yv4K_AfJE56IIghq0

Board Members for Wesley 2019-2020

We have an amazing group of community leaders who are phenomenal and want to see Wesley thrive. The Wesley Board is composed of many individuals from local congregations and communities.

Scott Marsh: Board Chair

Carol Paquette: Board Member

Sean Griffin: Board Member

Curtis Jensen: Finance Chair

Josh Jaggers: Vice Chair Board Member

Analisa Guido: Board Member

Linda Darrow: Board Member

Gerry Sutterfield: Board Member

Chuck Kaliszewski: Board Director

Lauren Canary: Student Board Member

For any questions or concerns please contact us at board@cmuwes.org