Cross-cultural Fellowship

The Graduate School at TIU is a diverse group of students and community leaders with a variety of life experiences from all over the world. We are committed to providing opportunities for cross-cultural interaction and spaces to explore issues of race, justice, and reconciliation.

Several student-led groups and organizations exist on campus to foster learning and cross-cultural understanding. You can participate in any of them and grow in your relationships with others in the TIU community.

Fellowship of International Students (FIS)
The Fellowship of International Students exists to advocate for and attend to the needs of the F-1 and J-1 student community and their families. The FIS also strives to be a bridge builder by facilitating enriching, diverse, and international experience and fellowship within the TEDS/TGS community. The FIS is composed of fellowship groups such as the African Students Fellowship, Chinese Students Fellowship, European Students Fellowship, Japanese Students Fellowship, and Korean Students Fellowship.

International Missions Fellowship (IMF)
IMF functions to educate the TEDS/TGS community as to the nature, extent, and opportunities of home and foreign missionary service. It is open to all Trinity students who are interested in the cause of world evangelization. IMF seeks to stimulate awareness of and involvement in the cross- cultural communication of the gospel, resulting in the Great Commission becoming a reality for every believer.

Ministry of Open Racial Reconciliation (MORR)
MORR exists to foster cross-cultural understanding and inter/ intra-cultural unity within the seminary community with the goal of open racial reconciliation. MORR partners with faculty, students, and administration to promote a long-term legacy of institutional change evident in a racially and culturally eclectic campus. M.O.R.R., in righteous celebration of diversity, seeks to cultivate reconciliation by promoting increased theological awareness and relational commitment that is faithful to the biblical witness of reconciliation in loving God, loving oneself, and loving one’s neighbor.

Mosaic Gathering
The Mosaic Gathering explores Christian identity and mission under the biblical vision of reconciliation with prayer, biblical reflections, and social analysis.

In the Mosaic Gathering, we desire to equip our learning community as ambassadors for Christ in the ministry of reconciliation. We offer short talks that expand and deepen our theological and biblical foundation for lifelong faithfulness. After these 10-15 minute talks, we spend time in discussion. View a session in which Dr. Peter Cha introduces the concept of creative dislocation to help us think through our identity in Christ.

The Mosaic community also addresses “hot topics” that are currently affecting our communities. We hope by doing so to model how the church can create spaces for dialogue, learning, and mission around these challenging areas. For example, one series we explored, “Criminal Justice: Racialized? Colorblind?”. During that month, we heard from a lawyer who gave us insight from the streets to the courtroom, from a theologian who gave us a robust theological framework, from a panel of pastors and jail chaplains, including one formerly incarcerated, who gave us insight from the inside of jails and prisons, and finally from a PhD student who helped us integrate and process our learnings and experiences. To complement our on-campus learning, Mosaic had a field trip to Lake County Jail, and collected Christian books to donate. We concluded our series in corporate prayer and worship.

The Mosaic Gathering takes place in the Waybright Center on our Deerfield campus every Wednesday from 11:00am-12:20pm, and include students, faculty, staff, and local pastors.