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Christian Life Community (CLC)

Christian Life Community (CLC) is a community of 250+ students, who strive to build a community of friends in the Lord, find God in all things, and discern our callings in life.

 

 

We meet an hour weekly in small groups of 6-10 members to bond, pray, and explore our faith and vocations.  We also gather regularly for large group activities:  social events, prayer services, faith discussions, and service projects.  

We follow the inspiration of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). We share this vision with members of CLC in almost 60 countries around the world. Thus, we are part of a worldwide body of Christian small faith communities.

Here are some questions for reflection in considering joining CLC:
Do you want to...
...form long-lasting friendships?
...grow in your journey of faith?
...share your faith and what is going on in your life with other students?
...deepen your relationship with God?
...discover your passions and calling in life through service? 

 

 

Do you want to be a part of CLC?  We welcome new members throughout the year.  Register here for CLC! For more information, contact Fr. Manh Tran or stop by Campus Ministry.

ExCo organizes campus-wide CLC events (socials, prayer services, speaker series, and service projects) throughout the year. Please read below to discern whether this is something you would be interested in doing. Applications are due and interviews are conducted during spring quarter.

 Dear Prospective Member of the CLC Executive Council, 

Thank you for considering serving the CLC community as a member of the CLC Executive Council (ExCo) next year. We are delighted that you are considering this way of servant leadership. Below are suggestions that help you make a good, prayerful decision.  

  1. Pray: Spend several occasions within the next few days or so to pray about this possibility. Here’s one way: After quieting yourself for prayer, ask for the grace of openness and generosity. Imagine yourself being at your favorite place, a place where you feel at home and are receptive. Imagine yourself in Jesus’ presence and serving the CLC community.
    1. Notice any feelings that arise, especially those that move you positively or negatively.
    2. Ask yourself: What are the genuine needs of the CLC community? What are my unique gifts and talents?  How is Jesus inviting me to use my gifts to serve the needs of the community?
  2. Read and pray over:  the “CLC ExCo: Areas of Responsibility and Empowerment.”  If helpful, talk with a current ExCo member and pray about it. Then, make a tentative decision.
  3. Apply and be interviewed: If you feel at peace, fill out the CLC ExCo Application form. Here are the important dates:  
  • Due date: Your application is due by Saturday, April 9th.  Email to Fr. Manh mdtran@scu.edu
  • Interview dates: April 11-29th.  You need to go through a group interview, which includes Fr. Manh and the incoming President and VP.
  • Notify date: You will be notified by Monday, May 2nd, 2016.   
  • Mandatory ExCo Overnight retreat: The new ExCo team will have an overnight retreat on May 27-28 (Memorial Day weekend) | begins Friday 5pm and ends Saturday 8pm.  

Again, thank you for considering serving the CLC community through ExCo.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Manh mdtran@scu.edu 310-803-7583.  

 

United with Christ on Mission,
Manh & ExCo team

CLC Executive Council

Areas of Responsibility and Empowerment

Main role:  Building community of friends, faith, and service through CLC events

General Expectation and Common Responsibility

  • Be a member of a CLC small group
  • Attend ExCo overnight retreat and weekly meetings
  • Organize and participate in campus-wide CLC events
  • Recruit new ExCo teamTime commitment: average 3-5 hours per week (hours may vary according to the time of the year)

1a/ PRESIDENT (this is a CLC intern position, which can be applied through the Campus Ministry.  Click here.)

  • Main role:  work closely with the Vice President to support and empower your team.  E.g., weekly meetings, birthdays, prayer partner, quarterly reflection and outing. 
  • Attend to duties as a President of CLC Club:  keep up with registration, attend club meetings, ask ASG for money, reach out to other clubs, etc.
  • Meet weekly with the Director of CLC: check in and plan for the ExCo weekly meetings
  • Plan and update CLC calendar of the year: with the Director of CLCPlan and facilitate: ExCo weekly meetings
  • Special projects: coordinate recruitment events (Club Fair, info nights, after Sunday masses, etc.), CLC initiation, Senior Appreciation.  

1b/ VICE-PRESIDENT (this is a CLC intern position, which can be applied through the Campus Ministry.  Click here.)

  • Main role:  work closely with the President to support and empower your team.  
  1. g., weekly meetings, birthdays, prayer partner, quarterly reflection and outing.
  • Attend to duties as a Vice President of CLC Club: keep up with registration, attend club meetings, ask ASG for money, reach out to other clubs, etc.
  • Meet weekly with the Director of CLC: check in and plan for the ExCo weekly meetings
  • Treasurer: take care of budget & fundraise for charity ($1,000) and CLC ($2,000)
  • Secretary: take notes, keep all records in google drive, and reserve spaces for CLC events or meetings
  • Special Projects: coordinate recruitment events (Club Fair, info nights, after Sunday masses, etc.), CLC initiation, Senior Appreciation.  

2/ Publicity

  • Main role:  to promote CLC events
  • Promote CLC events:  quarter sheet flyers, TV screen, facebook, weekly email, church announcements, tabling, personal invitation, etc.
  • Take photos:  of all CLC events and upload them to facebook and google drive
  • Create slideshows:  for CLC info nights, Initiation, Leadership retreat reunion, Year-End mass, etc.
  • make and sell:  T-Shirts, sweatshirts, stickers, water bottles, etc.

3/ COMMUNITY BUILDING Coordinators

  • Main role:  to build community of friends through social events
  • Organize 2 events per quarter.  Ideas:  BBQ, hiking, Olympic games, Casino night, dancing, bowling, bonfire, etc.  See sample below
    • Fall:  BBQ, Initiation
    • Winter:  Line Dancing, Casino
    • Spring:  Bonfire, BBQ

4/ SPIRITUALITY Coordinators            

  • Main role:  to build community of faith through prayers and discussion
  • Organize 2 events per quarter. Ideas: eXaLT Eucharistic Adoration, Taize, Stations of the Cross, Agape Latte, Year-End Mass.  See sample below
    Fall: Agape Latte, Taize
    Winter: Agape Latte, Stations of the Cross
    Spring: Agape Latte, Year-End Mass Support:  XLT, Sunday meditation, retreat

5/ SERVICE & SOCIAL JUSTICE Coordinators

  • Main role:  to build community of service and social justice through immersions, weekly service, and quarter reflection
  • Organize 2 immersions per quarter:  Ideas:  Luther Burbank School, Homeless Awareness, Hunger banquet, Tunnel of Oppression, Immigration, etc.  See sample below
    Fall:  Luther Burbank, Luther Burbank
    Winter: Luther Burbank, Hunger banquet
    Spring: Luther Burbank, Immigration Mock border wall Coordinate weekly service opportunities Coordinate quarterly social and reflection

6/ LEADERSHIP FORMATION Coordinators

  • Main roleto build community of servant leaders
    Coordinate bi-weekly formation team meetings:  to bond, discern, plan
  • Check in with your assigned group leaders once each quarter Visit their groups once or twice each quarter  
  •  Email leaders as needed
  • recruit and select formation team members and group leaders assemble new/returning membersprerequisite:  one year experience as a small-group leader
  • Organize 2 gatherings per quarter
    Fall: CLC leadership retreat, CLC leadership check in
    Winter: CLC winter formation, CLC leadership service immersion
    Spring: CLC spring formation, CLC appreciation dinner

7/ CLC Director:  Fr. Manh

  • Main role:  to empower leaders in building a community of friends, faith, and service.
  • Train and support CLC leaders: ExCo, group leaders, formation team
  • provide resources and plan events: with ExCo team members as needed
  • meet with: President and VP weekly and formation team coordinators bi-weekly
  • work with VP: manage budget and space reservation

 

To apply to be on ExCo, please complete the online application.

Small group leaders facilitate small group meetings. Please read below to discern whether this is something you would be interested in doing. Applications are available and interviews are conducted during spring quarter.

 Thank you for considering this important service and ministry as a CLC small group leader. Below are suggestions that can help you make a good, prayerful decision: 

  1. Pray: Spend several occasions within the next few days or so to pray about this possibility. Here’s one way: After quieting yourself for prayer, ask for the grace of openness and generosity. Imagine yourself being at your favorite place, a place where you feel at home and are receptive. Imagine yourself in Jesus’ presence and leading a small CLC group.
    1. Notice any feelings that arise, especially those that move you positively or negatively.
    2. Ask yourself: What do Jesus and I see the needs of SCU students? What are my unique gifts and talents? How is Jesus inviting me to use my gifts to serve the needs of the community?
  2. Read and Pray over the “Roles and Responsibilities of a CLC Group leader” and “CLC Group Leader Application Form.”
  3. Make a tentative decision. Consider your time and energy for this coming year. If you have a potential co-leader in mind, talk to her/him about the possibility. Converse about the kind of group you both would like to lead. If you do not have a potential co-leader in mind, this process will be discussed in your interview.
  4. Application and Interview. If you feel at peace with your decision, fill out the “CLC Group Leader Application Form." Here are the important dates: 
    • Due date:  your application is due before or by Sat, April 30.  
    • Interview dates: May 1-20.  You need to go through a group interview with Fr. Manh and the formation team.  
    • Notify date:  you will be notified by Monday, May 23.    
    • CLC leadership retreat (mandatory): Sept 30—Oct 2, 2016.                                                                      

Thank you for considering this invitation from within, which is ultimately from God. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Manh Tran mdtran@scu.edu.

United in Mission,
Formation team and Fr. Manh Tran, S.J. 

Roles and Responsibilities of CLC Group Leaders

Main role: The main role of the CLC group leaders is to care and empower CLC members discover and live out their personal vocations through weekly meetings.  

General Expectations 

  • Be a member of another CLC group (besides the one you lead)
  • Attend CLC leadership retreat and 5 leadership formation gatherings
  • Check in with your formation team member once per quarter for guidance and support
  • Coordinate and facilitate your small group weekly meetings
  • Time commitment:  average 3-5 hours per week (hours may vary according to the time of the year) 

Specific Responsibilities:  Each group leader strives to grow, empower, and participate.     

  1. Grow in your own Journey of Faith 

          Striving to practice what you preach in the Ignatian way of caring for the whole person (Cura Personalis). You are willing to do first what you ask of those whom you are privileged to serve. Concretely, this means in living out the CLC Way of Life by: 

    1. Attending weekly meetings with the group that you are members of,
    2. Praying regularly (esp. Awareness Examen),
    3. Going on a Campus Ministry Retreat as retreatant once a year,
    4. Attending Sunday Worship,
    5. Engaging in community service regularly,
    6. Striving to live with integrity. 

       2. Empower your group Members 

Overseeing all the activities involving your small groups as both spiritual animators and coordinators of meetings. You realize this by: 

    1. Coordinating and facilitating your group weekly meetings. Planning each meeting according to the CLC mission and guidelines. Fostering an atmosphere of openness and trust through attentiveness to each member
    2. Leading your CLC group in a community service project once per quarter  
    3. Inviting your group members to attend CLC events
    4. Empowering and calling forth the baptismal gifts of group members for service and leadership

       3. Participate in CLC Leadership Formation and Events

Serving as a bridge between your group members and the campus-wide CLC community. You accomplish this by:

    1. Attending CLC leadership retreat and 5 leadership formation gatherings
    2. Meeting with your assigned “Guide” or formation team member once or twice per quarter for guidance and support
    3. Communicating with your assigned “Guide” or Fr. Manh about changes in your small groups (meeting day, time, location, etc.)
    4. Participating in CLC campus-wide events regularly

To apply to be a CLC leader, please complete our online application.

  • Fr. Manh Tran SJ

    Director of CLC

    I came to the U.S. when I was fourteen. Since then I lived in southern California during my high school and college years until I joined the Jesuits in 1993. During my Jesuit formation, I had opportunities to study Philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago and Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. I also had opportunities to work with abused women and children, the sick, the homeless, inner-city children in Chicago, and prisoners at San Quentin. I taught religious studies and music at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix. After being ordained in 2004, I worked as a Campus Minister with a focus on Christian Life Community (CLC). Now I’m here at Santa Clara University to rejuvenate the CLC program. I enjoy hiking, biking, playing soccer and basketball, playing guitar, and watching movies.

The purpose of the formation team is to train and support CLC leaders.  Contact Fr. Manh, Megan Daly, or Nicole Jewett if you are interested in learning how you can be a part of the formation team.

Are you too busy to pray?  What if 5 minutes a day with God changes your life and relationship with God?  Prayer means spending time and talking with God.  As in human relationship, we can’t grow and love someone without spending time to know and grow in relationship with the person.  Visit our Campus Ministry Prayer and Meditation Page for different ways to pray.  

 



“The foundation of CLC formation is the conviction that God calls each of us to a personal vocation, which reveals itself in our deepest inclinations and our most authentic desires.” CLC Charism I

Online Resources:
3 key questions for vocation discernment
Discerning My Personal Vocation
Discernment in Decision Making

Books:
Hearing with the Heart: A Gentle Guide to Discerning God’s Will in Your Life by Debra Farrington
A Sacred Voice Is Calling by John Neafsey
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
The Discerning Heart by Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon Au



 

“We are particularly aware of the pressing need to work for justice through a preferential option for the poor and a simple life style which expresses our freedom and solidarity … by opening hearts to conversion and struggling to change oppressive structures.”
CLC General Principles 4 and 8

Volunteer Tutors needed:
Mon-Fri 3:30-4:30 pm Luther Burbank Elementary School
Want to make a difference? Break the cycle of poverty by volunteering for only one hour a week. If you are interested sign up here. Contact Mckenzie Bright or Ethan Ayson for more information.

Online Sources
7 themes of Catholic Social Teachings
Justice for Immigrants
Laudato Si: Care for God's Creation
Jesuit Advocacy USA
Voting Guidelines: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
Ignatian Solidarity Network

Visit our CLC Resource page which contains downloadable PDFs of the CLC small group meeting curriculum.