The first weekend of October, the Lighthouse community made the first trip of the year to Harbor Creek Lodge (more commonly known as “Jim’s Cabin) for our annual Fall Retreat. Fall Retreat is always a special time for the community to connect while building new relationships and strengthening old ones. Here is a collection of [...]
Kayla Hipp, Full-time Intern Who knew writing a casual, fun yet engaging blog post could be such an intimidating task? College did not prepare me for this kind of laid back, relatable writing without any footnotes or cited evidence. This past month, I’ve had to navigate all kinds of new and unfamiliar situations as I have [...]
Bri Morrison, Fulltime Intern Can you believe that it’s already March? Because I sure can’t. My time as an intern for TCM is already over halfway finished, and this year has felt like a whirlwind. Before the internship, I was a part of Lighthouse for all four of my years on campus at UPS. I [...]
Life is meaningless. Work is meaningless. Love and wealth and power and wisdom- it’s all just meaningless
Rev. Christy Fisher, Director of TCM My family and I just finished our audio version of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (yes, it was a book on tape) when we turned off I-5 and merged onto Union Ave, following the signs to the University of Puget Sound and eventually the designated parking lot for my [...]
When I moved to Tacoma six years ago to begin working with TCM, I could not have imagined how much this ministry would come to mean to me.
Cody Lail, our Executive Director for the past six years, recently informed the TCMBoard of his plans to leave TCM at the end of the summer to pursue further education toward a career in counseling
Life is meaningless. Work is meaningless. Love and wealth and power and wisdom- it’s all just meaningless
The more time I spend here with TCM and the students of Lighthouse, the more frequently I end up sharing the story of how I “randomly” ended up interning with TCM.
We often use the word “service” when we talk about pouring time and energy into others, especially if those people are in some way “poor” or “needy”.
Last weekend, I went home for a few days to help my parents prepare my childhood home for sale. Since I moved out of that house 13 years ago, I've lived in 8 different homes.
In high school, I was highly involved in community service. I spent every other Friday night volunteering at my local YMCA, served food with my family at the local soup kitchen, and tutored Hispanic children in English at a local church.
Why Spend Spring Break on a Service Trip?
My calendar tells me that 4 years ago today, I sat down to start working on TCM’s Fall Newsletter for the first time.
We all mature in such different ways throughout college. I find myself thinking back to my former self
Thanks to the support of my family, the leadership team’s tireless planning efforts, and the enthusiasm within the Lighthouse community
Last December, I was having coffee with a couple of students and I asked them what they thought we should focus on
Since 2010, we’ve been hosting an interfaith dinner and dialogue on campus called On the Table.
Eleven years ago, as a sophomore in college, I joined the Lighthouse worship team. Even though I was on percussion scholarship,
Here we are again, in the last few weeks of another spring semester, with everything crunching in on us at once
Hello. My name is David, and I am very proud.
Last week we conducted interviews in order to hire two new student interns for next year’s leadership team.
I love language. I love the way that a great stand-up comic, a compelling TED Talk speaker, or a thoughtful preacher can frame our world
Mississippi public school district 197 has announced that they will ban the Holy Bible from public schools, claiming that it contains too many contradictions with the Bible to be acceptable for children to read.
This is the week where things pick up again. Our first four days of class belong to syllabi, class introductions,
As a student at a liberal arts college, I have been trying to take advantage of the opportunities of my liberal arts education by taking classes outside of my major
While ice skating with our Lighthouse community on Wednesday I heard, “I sure wish the ice wasn’t so rough,” quite a few times. That got me thinking, the Zamboni is right there,
Ask anyone on campus and most of them will tell you that this semester has been extraordinarily difficult.
So, something interesting happened to me this week
I don’t like prayer. I don’t think I ever have. As you can imagine, this caused some internal conflict growing up in my conservative Christian home
I’m sure you already know, but Tacoma pride is kind of a big deal.
I came to college last year with a deep desire to explore my faith. I was raised in the Church, and by the time I left for college
Can you imagine walking into Kilworth basement on a Tuesday night to a room of strangers, with Cody expecting you to explain and discuss your feelings about hell or controversial topics?
As many of you dear readers know, I’m the resident member of Lighthouse who comes from a Muslim background.
To me one of the most wonderful sensations comes from walking around on that perfect autumn day. Many people say this is because that the air is just crisp enough
And so begins October, the air crisp and chilly, the leaves turning brilliant shades of rouge and amber, midterms just around the corner, and a new semester
I did not grow up in the church. My family didn’t go to church. This one time my friend tried to convert me to Mormonism, and I was like, “sure” and my mom was like, “no.”
I think everyone comes to college with questions: Who am I going to be friends with? Where am I living? Is my roommate crazy?
Has anyone experienced the feeling that your soul was tied up in a kind of gridlock? Like a traffic jam of sorts where you just can’t move.
Crap. It’s today. I’ve been dreading today. What a stupid day. What a stupid tradition. I hate this. This is humiliating.
When I was growing up, we used to sing a song at church: “I love to tell the story… to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.”
“So, Son, you are telling me that you want to go to a liberal arts college 1,500 miles away from home?
Recently I was given the privilege to go see Hillsong United play live at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington, with over 20,000 people in attendance. All of these people came from different places,
Alright, folks welcome to the earliest (and last) draft of The Micah Coleman Campbell Field Guide to the Logger Life!
The weeks following Spring Break are interesting ones indeed. We expect to come back rested and revitalized, ready to plow through the final eight weeks of the school year
The great thing about Puget Sound and a community like Lighthouse is the intensive discussion and dialogue that takes place anywhere and everywhere and with everyone.
It seems safe to say that life has been rough lately with sickness, death, school work, heart break, and some confusion as to why life works the way it does.
“No talking. Keep your blindfolds on.” Every Wednesday, each Residence Life staff team meets to talk about upcoming events, chat about our communities, and grow as a group through team-building exercises.
So. We just had Lighthouse Unplugged this week, and we focused on the topic of prayer. If I’m being at all honest, I was pretty certain that we would have a fairly homogeneous group that agreed
There’s just something that happens during Lighthouse retreats that cannot be duplicated in any other event that we put on. I’m not sure if it can be attributed to sheer joy at being off campus
I cannot tell you how long I’ve been sitting here, staring at a blank word document; typing a little bit, reading it again, then deleting it only to stare at the white screen once more.
Let’s be honest, new semesters are a mix of pure joy and pure hell. After being home for five weeks, it seems like everyone just wants to come back to the beautiful Puge
And Other Theologically Irrelevant Questions About the Christ...Was Jesus an annoying baby? Was the son of God a bratty toddler?
When I’m at home I’m torn between two churches: the church where I grew up and a church geared towards a college demographic.
Did you know that one third of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions? The other two thirds, (if they’re anything like me, whoops…) are the ones saying, “Yeah, right. I belonged to that 33.3%
I am surprised to even be writing this blog, being that the end of the world has already supposed to have happened on December 21st 2012, according to the Mayan calendar.
“And in despair I bowed my head There is no peace on earth I said For hate is strong and mocks the song Of peace on earth, good will to men.”
The end of yet another semester! The last few weeks of fall term are nothing but a cruel tease; how is anybody supposed to focus
In light of recent events, I feel it necessary to address the incident that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
If you don’t know me I ought to introduce myself. If you do, sit down, this isn’t going to hurt much. My name is Sikander
I worked at my church in Irvine, CA to run the Junior High Ministry for the summer. Due to budgeting reasons, our church had to let both our Junior High and High School Directors go.
Frankly, this probably was not the best week for me to be in charge of the Lighthouse blog post. School is really busy right now; I’m. stressed. out. I don’t feel well.
More and more I hear people saying that we as a culture have forgotten how to tell stories.
Ask any up and coming college student what part of college that they are most excited about and you will
My experience with Lighthouse has been great! I have been challenged in ways that I never thought possible and I love the growth that I have encountered in my faith. Growing up with a Christian background I was never asked “why?”
Looking around, I notice that we are quite the dysfunctional bunch. It’s 8:10 PM. Kyle is hunched over and smelling the spilled coffee on his knee.
This week, the topic at unplugged was The Meaning of Life. I thought we might want to cover something heavier
Stories Worth Telling is the topic we’re exploring this semester, and while the messages focus on biblical stories, we accompany those accounts with anecdotes from our own Lighthouse members
The following blog post may bring you no new information, and may or may not make you roll your eyes and sigh a hefty “So?”
As we kicked off the Spring Semester Lighthouse series, In the Image of God, we held an experiment.
Maintaining faith in college is not a particularly easy thing. With the hub-bub of common college culture, it is sometimes difficult to find one’s place and identity within the realms of faith.
This past Tuesday, Lighthouse held an adapted “Stations of the Cross” service during which we listened to music and read scripture that depicted
I have always found the Bible verse that reads, “for where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them,” (Matthew 18:20) a little unsettling.
As many of you know, a group of Lighthouse students went on a Service Trip to the Yakama Indian Nation over Spring Break. As the intern in charge of the trip, I had been anticipating and planning it for a long time, but I did not know exactly what to expect.
A while ago (and by a while, I mean a month ago. It’s the internet, it’s practically been a year), I saw this video called “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus”.
Void, that’s where I am. No time. No reflection. Nothing to create. I must begin anew. Here is my attempt. I shall falter, I shall stumble.
God is Doubtable. What I mean to say is that God is so big, so powerful, and so abstract that one cannot help but doubt
First off, I’d just like to say that this is my first blog post ever! For those of you who know me, you know that I’m not a big fan of making public statements
“Don’t get comfortable. I am going to move this mountain, then I’m going to move you in.” While I, ironically, have never actually been the biggest fan of Christian radio, I think Brandon Heath is on to something here
A few years ago, The Used began their sophomore album with a scratchy recording of man with a reassuring voice saying, “Life’s greatest questions have always been: Who am I?
Tuesday nights are the most life-giving and fulfilling part of my week. God has been moving within Lighthouse Christian Fellowship at UPS in such a real way.
There’s a nasty rumor going around that we just don’t read newsletters anymore. I understand, we are busy people with a lot of information coming at us. The solution?
What a wonderful difference a year can make! As you likely recall, this time last year a revitalized TCM Board was working diligently to bring life back to the ministry that had impacted so many hundreds of UPS students.
To be honest, I really wasn’t expecting the summer to inspire my relationship with God in any way. I was excited to meet new people, work part time in a law office and part time in the office of a delegate from Virginia’s General Assembly, see the museums and monuments, and network with politicians at happy hour.
Hello everyone! My name is Micah Coleman Campbell and I am the new full-time intern for TCM. I have to tell you I am extremely excited
After two and a half long months of anticipating my migration to Tacoma, it is my pleasure to finally write to you as the new Executive Director of Tacoma College Ministry.