We all long to belong. We hunger for relationship with others who accept us for who we are. We desire a community where our gifts are welcomed, our wounds respected. We hope that you will find that hunger nourished, that desire fulfilled at the Newman Center at SUNY Buffalo State.

As adapted from a gathering of Christians hoping to do the same, we extend a special welcome to those who are transfer students, Greeks, commuters, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no hablo ingles. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up, or just got out of class. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since God was a child. We welcome athletes, skateboarders, tree huggers, latte sippers, ROTC, vegans, vegetarians, and junk food eaters. We welcome you if you are nervous about college, or down in the dumps, or if you don’t like organized religion – we’ve been there, too. We offer a special welcome to all those who love Country-Western music, work too hard, haven’t started to work, can’t spell, or because your roommate did not want to go to church alone. We welcome those who are pierced, tattooed, or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid, or got lost – looking for the free food – and wound up here by mistake.

Whatever your belief, frame of mind, or outlook on life, God welcomes you, we welcome you to Newman!