BASIC: Creating a welcoming environment for worship

Every Thursday at 8 p.m., hundreds of students gather in Lang Hall Auditorium to listen to live music. These aren't your typical music fans singing along to the latest Top 40 hits. Instead, they're Christian students celebrating their religion through song. These students are a part of Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC), a student organization at UNI devoted to providing a community in which to worship, socialize and build close, lasting relationships with other students who have a passion for religion.

BASIC wants UNI students to experience genuine community while attending one of their many events on campus.

BASIC was founded more than 15 years ago. The group is affiliated with the Orchard Hill and Nazareth churches, but Christians of any denomination are welcome to attend the group's events. BASIC is part of the Campus Ministry Association along with other student campus ministry groups.

BASIC has collaborated with these groups on a variety of events, including Freedom Week, a weeklong event that helps raise awareness of human trafficking. Other events include the College Hill outreach project in which student groups get together to perform small acts of kindness on College Hill. The organization also provides students with the opportunity to connect on a more personal level, offering programs for smaller groups and casual social events, and larger-scale events, such as camping trips, retreats and spring break mission trips.

According to Tabitha Tabor, president of BASIC and leader of the Outreach Events Team, the group's main goal is to create a welcoming environment where students can grow in their faith together.

"BASIC is a community of people that cares," she said. "Whether you don't know Jesus at all or if you've known Jesus your whole life, we want you to feel welcome. We want you to come and feel like you're part of this community."

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