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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is RUF?
RUF is the official campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America that welcomes students from all churched and non-churched backgrounds. We are an officially recognized student group at Brown University, and our full-time Campus Minister (Pastor Eddie Park) is an official Religious Life Affiliate of the Office of the Chaplains at Brown University.
For almost 30 years, RUF campus ministers have been reaching students for Christ and equipping students to serve. Though receiving oversight from the PCA, RUF chapters are non-denominational in terms of their fellowship as reflected in our students who come from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and denominations. All are welcome!
2. What does
In the simplest terms, the word "Reformed" simply refers to the theology and confessions that arose out of the "Reformation." Therefore, RUF's theology is in full agreement with orthodox Protestantism.
3. Is RUF a group
only for Christians?
Absolutely not. RUF is open to all who are looking to consider the truth claims of Jesus Christ.
4. What does RUF
RUF's ministry is as rich and varied as the many students involved! Here is a sample of some of the major activities RUF engages in:
5. Can you contact
RUF is a ministry of the Church. We are more than happy to contact your student and give them a personal invitation to RUF. One small request that we make of you in this area is that you not ask us to contact your student if you are not willing for us to tell them that YOU asked us to call them. We have found over the years that the anonymous "cold call" can be counter-productive.
6. But what if my
student doesn't like RUF?
RUF is not so self-centered that we assume that our ministry is going to be right for everyone. Therefore, we are more than happy to suggest that your student contact any of the other evangelical ministries on campus to see if perhaps they can be a help to your student in a way that we cannot. College Hill for Christ, Brown Christian Fellowship and RISD Christian Body are all valued partners with us in the gospel.
7. I would like to give financially to the ministry of RUF. How do I do that?
RUF owes its existence to the gifts and contributions of friends of the ministry. Though a ministry of the church, our Staff function as missionaries raising support to cover everything from salaries to on-campus ministry expenses. Your gifts are welcome and sorely needed. Contributions to RUF are, of course, tax deductible.
You can donate by either Paypal online, or check made out to “Reformed University Fellowship” with “Brown/RISD campus” in the memo line. And then send it to the following address:
Reformed University Ministries
Upon receipt, you will be mailed a receipt for your records, as well as a self-addressed envelope for any future contributions.