Christian Life Community
The mission of Christian Life Communities at Loyola University Chicago is to enable Loyola students to grow in their relationships with God, their neighbors, and themselves by building Christian community, practicing Ignatian spirituality, and putting love in action.
Christian Life Communities at Loyola University Chicago are a network of vibrant small faith-sharing groups based around three pillars: spirituality, community, and mission. CLC participants desire “to follow Jesus Christ more closely and work with Him” to build God’s reign at Loyola and beyond (“General Principles,” §4). They do this by meeting weekly or bi-weekly in small groups (6-10 people) for prayer, faith-sharing, community-building, and service. CLC at Loyola University Chicago is part of the global Christian Life Community, comprised of Ignatian lay people around the world who are dedicated to seeking deeper relationships with God and others through prayer, service, and reflection.
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The Bible tells us that the very first Christians met together in small communities to study scripture, pray together, and share table fellowship (Acts 2:42-47). From the earliest days of the Jesuits nearly 500 years ago, lay women and men formed small groups to support one another in living out their faith. CLC continues this long tradition of community through weekly faith sharing groups, large group gatherings and an invitation to all members to engage in authentic, supportive and loving relationships with each other.
Faith and spirituality are at the heart of the Ignatian way of life and CLC's spirituality pillar is an invitation to grow on our journeys in faith. CLC utilizes Ignatian prayer techniques (such as the daily examen, meditation on Scripture, imaginative prayer, silence and more) to encourage members to pay attention to God’s movement in their life. CLC members can expect invitation and challenge from weekly faith sharing groups, retreat opportunities, newsletters and more.
CLC's mission pillar invites members to respond to God's loving initiative by putting love into action, becoming more generous, and working for justice. Mission is about discovering and living into our vocation to become people of love, people of action, people with and for others. Simply put, mission is love in action. Whether as individuals or as a small group, CLC members participate in a variety of service, justice and advocacy issues throughout the year.
If you have any questions about CLC, please contact Allison Loecke, firstname.lastname@example.org.