New Christian Club Joins South Campus Student Organizations

Although college is a time when most students explore their identity, exposure to many contrasting viewpoints can be confusing.

As a result, the San Jacinto College Selah Christian Fellowship club on the South campus provides students with an outlet to express themselves and explore their faith.

Approximately five years ago, the group started meeting at the home of a former member, but it become an official San Jac student organization a few weeks ago. The group meets every Tuesday for about an hour.

Symbolizing the purpose of the club, President Allison Quinones said the name Selah comes from the book of Psalms, meaning “to pause and think.”

In addition, San Jac alumnus and club facilitator Tim Moorehead said as a nondenominational Christian-based club, Selah offers students “solid alternative viewpoints to what they may be hearing in other classes.”

A typical meeting encompasses an opening song, prayer, a discussion over a chosen subject, and a closing prayer. Also, the club occasionally hosts guest speakers who give sermons.

Furthermore, attendees read sections of the Bible, discuss their opinions, and ask questions while evaluating the way scriptures apply to their lifestyles and lives as college students. According to Quinones, each meeting varies focusing on “a different topic each week.”

Moreover, Moorehead noted students are encouraged to discuss the scientific viewpoints and how they can coexist and not oppose the Christian faith. Additionally, he noted, the goal of the club is to “reach out to others so that they have somewhere to go on campus.”

Meanwhile, Quinones said though it may be contrary to the views of some, Selah members promote the Christian faith. She added, they redirect others’ negativity and “use it as a way to encourage ourselves.”

Likewise, Moorehead said he feels Christians are often judged negatively, but Selah provides the opportunity for students to analyze their beliefs with their peers “instead of just getting one side of the story.”

Quinones said she encourages all students to attend Selah’s meetings adding “even if you’re just wondering about the Christian faith, it’s a good place to come.” Furthermore, she noted that Selah provides a safe haven for those who want to practice their religion with others, calling it “a good place to fellowship with fellow Christians.”

Similarly, attendee Juan Luna said a Selah meeting is a place to “meet great people that will have a great influence on your life.”

Selah meets Tuesdays until the end of the semester at 7 p.m. in Room S6.19 of the Welcome Center on the South campus.