The Niebuhr Center's Callings for the Common Good is an academic program for Elmhurst College undergraduates in any major who are considering a calling to a service profession or ministry.
Through a wide range of academic and field experiences—including courses, paid internships, and international experiences—you'll clarify your values and explore careers.
As a Niebuhr student, you’ll take one of two gateway courses designed to help you explore ministry and service. You also have access to a range of additional courses offered in conjunction with a wide range of academic departments.
All Niebuhr students complete compelling internships in ministry or with agencies that serve society—such as the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the Empowerment Zone of Chicago, Mercy Children's Homes and the Parliament of World Religions.
Niebuhr Center students find their calling through service, study and cultural exchange in such places as India and Jamaica. From three-week courses to a semester or year abroad, your Niebuhr Center education will be more than academic—it will be an adventure.
The Niebuhr Center Ministry Team has an active worship schedule, planning and conducting services at churches throughout the Midwest. Whether giving sermons, leading prayers or reading scripture, Ministry Team members share their experiences and prepare for lives of service.
At the Niebuhr Center, you'll connect with teachers, advisors, and professional mentors who are living out personal callings to serve others. You'll participate in thought-provoking retreats, seminars, conferences, and discussions. And you'll hear first-hand the stories of accomplished and inspiring persons whose work is an expression of their faith.