My Christianity at Warwick
Like many Christians, my faith is a big part of my identity and it’s not only had a big impact on how I’ve experienced university but it has also been impacted by my time at Warwick. I think my faith has impacted my university experience because it’s allowed me to enjoy it more. Moving to university and being away from family and friends for the first time caused me to rely on God more and get closer to Him, and I’ve found that being stronger in my faith has generally made a happier person and helped me enjoy my time at Warwick. My PPE degree, and specifically studying Philosophy, has also positively impacted my faith. In my Philosophy modules – like Philosophy of Religion – I often tackle really difficult questions like “If a good God exists, why does evil also exist?”, and this has made me a more analytical and questioning person in all areas of life, including in my relationship with God. Facing such tricky questions has been useful for my faith because it’s caused me to evaluate and understand my own reasons for being a Christian and also to seek God more for answers/guidance, which has helped me grow closer to Him.
I’ve found that Warwick has an active Christian community and there’s always something to get involved in. For example, the Christian Union operates a weekly bible study for each of the different campus accommodations, and these meetings are not just for first-years, second and third-year students who lived in that accommodation during their first year also regularly attend these meetings, so it’s a great way to meet and get to know a range of Warwick students. The CU also hosts a number of events throughout the year, such as Wonder week which takes place during term 2 and involves a massive marquee tent set up on central campus in which events take place from morning to evening every day for a week. The tent is a place for Christians and those of other faiths or no faith to come together and ask the big questions about life, love, and faith; it’s also a place of Christian entertainment (live music performances and comedy shows) and lots of free food (not just snacks, but also lunches and dinners!).
In addition to the CU, there are several smaller Christian groups on campus that host their own events and have regular prayer, praise & worship, and bible study meetings. There is also a chaplaincy on central campus which is a comfortable relaxing and studying space for Christians (but is open to all students); the chaplaincy has a prayer room which I’ve found to be a great quiet space for reflecting on things and spending time with God, and it’s been especially useful during times of a heavy academic workload.
This has been my experience of my faith during my time at Warwick; it’s been great getting to make new Christian friends and joining one of the many local churches in Coventry. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and as always, feel free to post any comments or thoughts you have below!