Carthage has more than 120 student groups and organizations through which students can get involved, explore possible careers, meet other students, work closely with faculty advisors, and perform community service. The following organizations are popular with religion students.
LSM (Lutheran Student Movement)
LSM is a student led, Christ-driven organization affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). LSM recognizes its Lutheran faith and heritage and welcomes students of all faiths, serving one another through fellowship and community. Students are active both on campus and in the surrounding Kenosha-Racine communities, involving themselves in worship, Bible studies, service projects and events that help them grown in their relationship to God, to one another, and to the world around them. The group meets weekly and continually extends welcome to students across the campus.
Catholics at Carthage
Catholics at Carthage is a welcoming community for Roman Catholic students on campus. With the guidance of Edith Padgett, our Catholic campus minister, students gather to receive the Sacraments, worship, pursue catechetical formation, assist in service projects for the College and the wider community, and interact socially with other campus Catholics. Local priests share the sacramental duties and travel to Carthage each Sunday to say Mass, offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and perform any other necessary sacramental ministries. Student leaders serve as musicians, lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
CUMBYA (Carthage Undergrads Making Big Youth Activities)
This group encourages and prepares its members to engage in on-site youth ministry events (primarily lock-ins and drop-ins) for junior and senior high youth in southeastern Wisconsin congregations. Through facilitating these events, CUMBYA members have experienced growth in their own faith as Christians and confidence in sharing their faith stories with young people as a way of encouraging and strengthening local youth ministry programs. Open to professing Christians of all denominations, CUMBYA meets at 9:30 p.m. Mondays in the Ehrler Chapel.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
IVCF is an evangelical, student-led Christian movement that ministers to students at more than 700 colleges and universities in the United States. It is non-denominational; everyone is welcome to participate. The emphasis on fellowship in IVCF brings about a non-threatening atmosphere of support and understanding in which members can grow in their faith and knowledge of Scripture. The Carthage chapter meets for large group fellowship weekly. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Theta Alpha Kappa
Theta Alpha Kappa is Carthage’s honors fraternity for religion students. It was established in 1976 by Prof. Albert Clark at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York for the purposes of honoring outstanding students in the fields of religious studies and theology. The society now hosts more than 250 active local chapters across the United States at public and private institutions both large and small. Students are elected to permanent membership in a local chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa on the basis of scholarly excellence. To be eligible for nomination, students must be in the top 35% of their class, have a 3.5 GPA in religious studies or theology courses, and have an overall GPA of 3.0. Residency and unit requirements must also be met. Theta Alpha Kappa is a not-for-profit educational corporation in the state of New York and a related scholarly organization of the American Academy of Religion.