Faith and Belief Luncheon Feb Banner
Thanks to a grant from the Interfaith Youth Core the Office of Religious Life and Campus Interfaith Board will be offering Faith and Belief Luncheons once a month this academic year.

Please RSVP if you are interested in attending our next luncheon on Thursday, February 27 from 12 – 1 pm in the Speicher room in the Upper JYSC. The meal is free of cost to students and $5 for faculty and staff. If you wish to attend please RSVP HERE by February 24.

Faculty and Staff who would like to pay their $5 ahead of time with a credit card can do so HERE. We will only accept cash at the door.

February 27 Speakers:

Staff Member: Coach Faith-Alexis Graham 

Faith Alexis

Faith-Alexis is originally from Indianapolis, IN and is a 2019 Manchester Grad. She graduated with a degree in Sports Management. Upon graduation I started working for the NCAA then took a job here as the Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach. Faith-Alexis experienced many barriers in her athletic career due to a torn meniscus and two torn ACLs.  After only playing one full year of basketball in high school and seven knee surgeries later, she went on to play collegiate ball for four years, all while being a team captain and a starter. In the moment she never understood why God was allowing her to experience the things that she did, yet she continued to walk in faith and eventually was able to use basketball as a platform to touch the lives of others.

Student: Hannah Lawing


Hannah was raised United Methodist in a family of United Methodists and Southern Baptists. She was confirmed in the United Methodist Church at 11, and identified as U.M. for most of middle school. But later she grew curious about older forms of Christianity, such as Lutheranism and Roman Catholicism. Influenced by my friends, I also began to explore non-Christian religions, such as Wicca, Shamanism, and other forms of paganism, as well as Buddhism. I felt that I was continually searching for something I could not quite put a name on. I did not fully become a Christian again until after a near-death experience during my senior year of high school. I began to explore Roman Catholicism, as well as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I did briefly join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but later left. After a powerful experience at a Catholic prayer service, I knew in my heart that I wanted to become Catholic. My doubts in the Catholic Church were totally dissolved after receiving two visions of the Virgin Mary. I strongly believe that the Catholic Church is the true church of Jesus Christ, and that I will remain in the Church all my life.

November 13 Speakers:
Faculty Member: Dr. Tim Reed
Tim ReedTim Reed has been teaching in the Music Department at Manchester since 2008. He is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music and is an Associate Professor of Music at MU. Tim grew up in a protestant family and active in the United Methodist Church but later began to explore other ways of thinking about religion and spirituality. For the past twelve years, Tim has cultivated a spiritual practice mostly informed by Buddhist teachings. 

Student: Chris Francois

Chris FrancoisChris grew up in a Roman Catholic family that has been in the faith for several generations now. Over time, they became curious about Vodou and its influences on Haiti's history and culture, and proceeded to have conversations with practitioners. Chris currently views themselves as not really belonging to any religion, but they strongly identify with Vodou while maintaining some Catholic roots.  

October 28 Speakers:
Faculty Member: Dr. Kate Eisenbise Crell

Student: Jesse Langdon

September 25 Speakers:
Faculty Member: Rev. Dr. Alicia Dailey

Alicia DaileyRev. Dr. Alicia Dailey accepted Christ into her heart as a six-year old child. When she was 11 or 12, she felt called to the preaching ministry but could not pursue it at the time. As an undergraduate student, Rev. Dr. Dailey was active in campus religious organizations. She went on to earn two seminary degrees and was ordained as a Baptist minister. Rev. Dr. Dailey is a former pastor of Beamer United Methodist Church in Kokomo, IN. With master’s and doctoral degrees in social work, she continually seeks to integrate her faith with social work values and ethics.

Student: Christy Thomson

Christy Thomson

Christy is a mom/student/entrepreneur who lives in Huntington County. She is a forest therapy guide/mentor and trainer. She also facilitates retreats for ANFT, the organization she trained with to do forest therapy She was born and  was raised in Huntington and now resides there with her 4 children and husband. She is a violinist, vocalist and teacher by training and vocation. She administers a music school in Huntington through the local YMCA. Christy lives amongst the fields of corn, wheat, soybeans and wooded lots on a small hobby farm where they have planted vegetable gardens, berries, fruit trees, and the many memories of her children’s lives. Her work with ANFT has been life-changing and the source of so much of her energy and vitality. She is currently finishing a degree in Environmental Science and Religious Studies, which is in part the result of her training and also a source for even more love and connection to her forest therapy practice.

Contact the University Pastor with questions