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18 FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018 | Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay ADVOCATES various offices in the Compassion, Peace and Justice ministry area), she carefully designed the curricu- lum with college ministry in mind. According to Santos, college ministries are the ideal place for talking about controversial issues. "In an environment where ideas are peddled and traded like wares in a marketplace, it's imperative I n 2014, Jason Brian Santos assumed the role of the national director of UKirk Ministries, the collegiate ministry network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In his first few months, he set out to learn more about what was happening in campus ministry throughout the nation and he asked campus ministers what resources were lacking. He wanted to know which issues weren't being talked about on campuses. It soon became clear that there were three: suicide, sexual assault and gun violence. Two years later, while Santos was talking with Sarah Logemann, a friend and colleague, the idea for a curriculum writing internship with the Office of Collegiate Ministries was conceived. "It was one of those God moments where everything lines up per- fectly," Santos said. Logemann, a student from Princeton Theological Seminary, grew up in Littleton, Colorado — the backdrop for one of the nation's deadliest school shoot- ings. She was in high school when the shooting happened, which gave her a unique perspective on the subject and also made it close to her heart. When she was looking for an internship, Santos was looking for a curriculum on gun violence. It made perfect sense. Logemann began her intern- ship at the Presbyterian Mission Agency in June. Her task was to research, develop and write a four- session study that addressed the theological issues related to gun violence and how campus minis- tries might respond in the face of tragedy. She shadowed several national staff members for the summer, familiarizing herself with the process of creating curriculum. Drawing insight from conversations with Congregational Ministries Publishing and the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (along with New college resource addresses gun violence Curriculum helps chaplains and students think through issues BY PAUL SEEBECK Sarah Logemann, a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, holds a workshop introducing UKirk Ministries' new curriculum for campus ministries on gun violence. COURTESY OF UKIRK MINISTRIES

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