What is RUF?

Regardless of your beliefs or doubts, RUF is a place for you to explore Christianity and grow in your understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him in relationship with others at Western Carolina. We are here for the convinced and the unconvinced, the lost, the found, the burned, the bored, the cynical, the spiritual. We invite you, no matter where you are in the process, to RUF.

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The word “reformed” simply means that we embrace the same theological priorities of the Protestant Reformation, namely:  the supreme authority of Scripture and justification by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.  But this also means that we continually endeavor to have our hearts and minds “reformed” and transformed by the light of God’s truth and grace.


RUF aims to be a ministry for the campus, not simply a ministry on the campus. Rather than pulling students away from campus, we encourage them to involve themselves in campus life.  Our intention is to encourage your faith and calling as you understand the glory of God in Christ. We encourage you to engage in campus life and serve the university community. Our desire is to help you grow in seeing how you can glorify God in all you do, from friendships and study to work and worship. 


We live in an individualistic culture, but this strikes against the core of Christianity. The gospel is properly understood within a community of people. Because Christians are united to Christ, they are also united to each other.  RUF builds community through campus fellowship, which seeks to establish personal relationships through bible studies, service projects, conferences, lunches, road trips and one on one discipleship and counseling. The RUF community extends off campus and into the local church, which enables and embraces RUF. Through these avenues, we strive for a deeper understanding of the Bible, worship, prayer and the delight of fellowship.