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Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College by Adam J. Copeland

College is a time to learn, explore, and grow, but what does faith have to do with it? In this collection of essays, gifted writers in their twenties and early thirties reflect on their college years by telling stories—some hilarious, some heart-wrenching—on the intersection of faith and college.

At a time when so much is written about young adults but not by young adults, this collection allows writers to reveal their college experience in their own voice, sharing, through reflection on their own joys and sorrows, unique insight into students’ experience of college. Themes include negotiating identity, sex and sexuality, discerning the future, studying abroad, and transitions in faith.

This collection includes stories from large public universities and small, faith-related colleges. Perfect for faith leaders, college administrators, study groups, young adults, and anyone who loves a college student, Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House reveals college struggles that help us reflect on faith and life in college, and forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566997300
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/05/2014
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 947,718
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Adam Copeland is the faculty director for faith and leadership and instructor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He is working towards his PhD at the North Dakota State University after earning his M.Div from Columbia Theological Seminary and his BA from St. Olaf College.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Section I: (A)Tradition: Come, Ye Disconsolate

1. Let the Whole Creation Cry: On Learning Hymns
Taylor Brorby

2. We Are All Prophets
Mary Ellen Jebbia

3. How Bible College Caused Me to Lose My Faith (and Find It Again)
Brandan Robertson

4. After Prayerful Consideration: Becoming a Religious Atheist
Kristi Del Vecchio

Section II: Who am I? Who is God? What am I to do? Stories of Call

5. Studying, Praying, Seeking: A Spiritual Tapestry
Lydia Hawkins

6. Why in God’s Name am I Here?
Rick Reiten

7. Living in the Center of God’s Will
Hillary Martinez

8. An Unwilling Pilgrim: An Angry Young Woman’s Faith Journey in College
Anna DeWeese

Section III: Sex and Sexuality: One Body, Many Members

9. The Harm of Keeping Silent: Secret Romance on an Evangelical Campus
Steven Porter

10. Through the Grave: A Story of Transition and Resurrection
Andrew Leigh Amanda LeAnn
11. As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us
Agnes Potamian

12. Intertwining Cycles
Michelle Johnson

13. Out of the Closet and Back to Church
Kyle J. Thorson

Section IV: Walking with Others (Or, Sometimes, Running From Them)

14. Blossoms in the Desert
Allison Chubb

15. Finding God on Frat Row
Michael Casey W. Woolf

16. Three Parties
Lauren Deidra Sawyer

17. Faith Transforms in Times of Crisis
Br. Lawrence A. Whitney

Section V: Studying Off-Campus, Studying Within

18. Christians Suffer From Depression Too
Andrea Campo

19. The Dating Game: God, Ireland, and One Woman of Little Faith
Johnna Purchase

20. Death and Life
Edward Anderson

21. Strange Benediction
Joseph Paillé

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