What is MCF?
Mere Christianity Forum (MCF) is a collegiate ministry at Furman University promoting the thoughtful exploration of Christian faith through powerful conversations and authentic community. College students are in the throws of university life, perpetually discerning personal identity and vocational calling, as well as their moral, ethical, and spiritual convictions. That’s why our passion is introducing students to the depth and breadth of the Christian tradition and equipping them to discern a vision and a version of Christian faithfulness they can live into with integrity.
MCF was honored to be the 2018 recipient of the SDC's Diversity & Inclusion award for our commitment to diversity and inclusion as shown through our programming and initiatives, which foster respect and understanding of diverse backgrounds and points of view on Furman's campus.
With our unique blend of faith, reason, and tomfoolery, we create engaging opportunities for theological exploration and reflection (The Forum and Followship Groups); intentional Christian community (Vista House); and embodied practice (Servant Scholars). Offering a variety of opportunities of differing size, intensity, and theological diversity gives us the capacity to reach seekers, skeptics, and the deeply faithful.
MCF began in 2000 with a group of students at Furman University reading books (including C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity) and inviting faculty to come speak to them about political, philosophical, cultural, and religious implications of their readings. It quickly gained momentum. In 2001 MCF became a recognized campus organization and a part of Furman's Religious Council. In 2003 MCF became a registered non-profit 501c3 organization, and we launched Vista House, an experiment in Christian community.