Editor’s Note – This story is part of a series that highlights religious organizations in the state of Iowa week by week. Throughout the year, religious organizations of all sizes, beliefs and values ââwill be listed in alphabetical order according to the Iowa State Religious / Spiritual Organizations Page.
Jesus and friendship – these are the two words Heather Bolles, a math professor at Iowa State, used to describe the campus organization Building Relationships in Christ Soteria (BRICS).
âThere is something in the life of Jesus that continues to be discussed today and continues to impact us today,â said Bolles, who is also the BRICS adviser, and other BRICS officials. These officials include President Tamara McConnell and Treasurer Anna Duhachek. âHaving friends is a basic human need, especially at university where we need encouragement to continue in the right direction,â the leaders said.
McConnell is a junior specializing in geology and Duhachek is a senior specializing in meteorology.
According to Article II of the BRICS Constitution, the purpose of the organization is to build lasting relationships that promote relationship with God, to dialogue and practice Christian life together, and to enjoy life.
Officials also spoke about the importance of diversity for the BRICS organization. They say diversity within the ministry is especially important because the state of Iowa is a predominantly white institution.
âThe BRICS provides space for a variety of cultural expressions,â BRICS officials said. “The BRICS values ââare tied to the values ââof our affiliate Body of Christ Church (BCC) which has its roots in the Black Church.”
The Body of the Church of Christ website states four different purposes of the church: to be led by the Holy Spirit, free in Christ, hospitable, and multiethnic. In the multiethnic category, the website has a connect to the vision and values ââof the church on how to combat racism.
On the page, the church outlines 20 steps members can take in addressing racism, including validating and listening to the experience of people of color, empowering people, and praying for Christ’s help to end the systematic racism.
In light of this, officials reiterated that everyone is welcome to join the BRICS.
âWe really welcome everyone and work hard to make everyone feel welcome,â the officials said. âWe strive to protect the space for multicultural students and those who feel out of place elsewhere. “
Officials said the BRICS meet at 6 p.m. every Sunday night at 108 Hayward Ave., above Joy’s Mongolian Grill.
âWe usually have almost all student-led music, testimony, or art and we’re talking about something from the Bible,â officials said. But, officials assured that there would be no meeting on November 21 and 28, nor during the winter break.
In addition, officials said the BRICS annual Christmas party will take place on December 5. They also encourage students to keep an eye out for announcements of events during the last week of the semester.
âWe love to see young adults shine. We love to hear them explore their abilities to sing, write and share what Jesus is doing in them, âofficials said.
For more information on the BRICS, visit their organization page.