Unity and Diversity in the Body

Paul's 1st letter to the Corinthian Church (Chapter 12: 12-30)

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

For Additional information, personal contacts, and meeting times please see UCSB's Office of Student Life - list of organizations.

Acts2Fellowship (A2F)
Acts2Fellowship is a Christian student group at UC Santa Barbara. We meet weekly on campus to study the Bible, as well as throughout the week for small groups and other activities. It’s a safe and fun place to make some friends, think about the big questions in life, and get some answers as we investigate and discover God’s purpose for us. Along the way we also hang out, eat good food, go on awesome outings, and just do college life together. At acts2fellowship, we try to recreate what we read in Acts chapter 2 of the Bible — ordinary folks forming an extraordinary community — and whether you’re Christian or you just want to ask the big questions in life— we invite you to join us! If you’re interested in joining, you can email or visit our website.

Alpha Omega Campus Ministry
We are a non-denominational Christian organization that promotes open-bible discussion and the teachings found in the Bible. We also believe in having an active hand in helping benefit the community around us through volunteer work.

Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF)
The mission of the AACF is to reach into the university and collegiate community, primarily to those who are Asian Pacific Americans, with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. We are committed to making disciples by educating and equipping students in biblical foundations, Christian disciplines, and the development of spiritual gifts in order to prepare them for witness and service on the campus, in the local church, in the marketplace, and in world missions.

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship - UCSB Chapter (Chi Alpha)
Our goal is to help the Christian and the non-Christian's development in understanding the Christian worldview.

Chinese Christian Fellowship at UCSB (CCF@UCSB)
A Christian group mainly composed of Mandarin-speaking students and scholars with an interest to study the Bible, to fellowship, and to apply Biblical principles in real life situations.

Coptic Club at UCSB (CCSB)
To support fellowship on campus, to experience and witness the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the Faith (Acts 2:42). Coptic Club @ UCSB works to nurture and strengthen love for Jesus Christ and His Church in its fullness at this most critical juncture of human life through and offer an opportunity for Orthodox Christian students and those interested in the Orthodox Christian Church to become more fully acquainted with and informed about their Orthodox heritage.

We exist to raise up a generation of Latina/o leaders to change the world. The world is a pretty messed up place. You don’t need anybody to prove that. Wars. Disease. Poverty. Divorce. Addictions. Tragedies and injustice all around us. A lot of people want to change the world, but sometimes it’s hard enough to even change our own lives. We think Jesus was on to something when he said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” DESTINO is a movement of college students that wants to change the world, one life at a time, with the only One who can do it.

Elohist Club - University of California, Santa Barbara Chapter
The University of California, Santa Barbara Chapter of Elohist Club will carry out and encourage the movement to restore faith like that of the Early Christian Church. With affiliation to the Church of God, the Elohist Club was founded in joint with a goal to explain the importance of the new covenant. The term "Elohist" is defined as a member or members who believe in God "Elohim." Elohim is the original Hebrew term found in canon for God; literally translated to "Gods."

EPIC is a national organization and is part of Campus Crusade for Christ. We are an Asian American Christian movement that desires to see students learn about what it means to know and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Enjoyers of Christ
Our goal is to know and gain Christ as our reality and life through prayer and fellowship over the Bible.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
A organization for Intercollegiate Student-Athletes to find community and learn more about God.

Answering the Church’s call for a new evangelization, FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is a national outreach that meets college students where they are and invites them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith.

Gracepoint Santa Barbara
Gracepoint Santa Barbara is a church that meets on the UCSB campus. It is here primarily for UCSB undergraduates. We gather on Sundays to worship God, hear from His Word, and fellowship with one another over lunch.

Graduate Christian Scholars (GCS)
Graduate Christian Scholars is a community of students who wrestle to grasp how our pursuit of knowledge in the university relates to the truth claims of Jesus Christ. We aim to explore together the relevance of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the most pressing questions of our culture. We also strive to encourage each other in the pursuit of academic study as an expression of our love for God, and in the discovery of the ways our academic training shapes us to serve the church and the world.

Iglesia ni Cristo - Church of Christ (INC)
The Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) is a global church.Today, the membership of the Iglesia ni Cristo comprises at least 110 nationalities. It maintains about 104 ecclesiastical districts in the Philippines and in 100 more countries and territories in the six inhabited continents of the world. The church can be found in locations in The Americas, Europe, Mediterranean, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania countries. The Church of Christ is one in faith and practice. Its unity remains intact through a centralized form of administration that ensures the adherence of all members and congregations to the same Bible teachings and Church rules. The Iglesia ni Cristo also regards the Holy Scriptures as the sole basis of its faith and practice. Some of its fundamental scriptural teachings are as follows: Absolute oneness of God the Father, Jesus Christ - the Son of God, the Church of Christ, Judgment Day, Baptism, and Resurrection. The Iglesia ni Cristo is a Christian religion whose primary purpose is to worship the Almighty God based on His teachings as taught by the Lord Jesus Christ and as recorded in the Bible. The Church of Christ is a church for every one who will heed the call of God and embrace its faith — regardless of his or her nationality, cultural background, social standing, economic status, and educational attainment. The Iglesia ni Cristo is an independent church. It is not a denomination or sect. It is neither affiliated to any federation of religious bodies nor itself an assembly of smaller religious organizations. The Iglesia ni Cristo is Christ’s one true Church today. The Iglesia ni Cristo endeavors to share the gospel of salvation written in the Bible to as many people as possible, in fulfillment of Christ's vision as stated in Mark 16:15-16 “...Go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved...” (New King James Version). The full summary of the Church of Christ can be seen online at

The IMPACT Movement
IMPACT is a group of people who have been transformed by the love and truth of Jesus Christ and we are committed to sharing that love and truth with students of the African Diaspora, building family bonds with them and serving our community.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is an interdenominational, multiethnic Christian fellowship led by students dedicated to establishing witnessing communities on college campuses.

Jesus Burgers (JB)
The critical task of Jesus Burgers during our weekly Friday night event is to provide approximately 200 grilled burgers, water, and a safe location for students to rest from the weekend festivities. These services are provided free of charge as a token of God’s love for all people. Jesus Burgers has operated under the direction of Isla Vista Church for just under 10 years in the Isla Vista community with an underlying organizational ethos of nonjudgmental love and service. Although Jesus Burgers receives community support from organizations and individuals such as Santa Barbara House of Prayer, Cru at UCSB, Westmont students, and Santa Barbara City College students, UC Santa Barbara students provide the locus of service.

Korea Campus Crusade for Christ (KCCC)
Korea Campus Crusade for Christ is dedicated to creating movements on campuses through believers who are committed to connecting people of Christ. We know that apart from Christ we can do nothing, therefore we depend on Holy Spirit to work in and through us to accomplish the work God has placed before all believe: the Great Commission. We are here to WIN people for Christ, to BUILD each other up and so SEND them out into the world as a more fully-developed Christ-centered follower.

Kristos Campus Missions
KCM exists to glorify God by mobilizing and discipling collegians to the local and global mission of God.

Light and Life Goleta (LLG)
Light and Life is a church that strives to build relationships to Christ thru relationships and service. Serving the Isla Vista student, immigrant, and homeless communities is our focus.

ONE Body (United For Christ) (U4C)
The purpose of this organization is to serve as an umbrella group for all the christian organizations on campus with the aim of enhancing unity among them through and in joint events involving music and the arts, community service, as well as social justice; and through that unity to make a positive impact in the community. ONE body desires to be a reflection of the multi-faceted nature of God through bringing together all gifts of the multi-ethnic body of Christ.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)
OCF is the official collegiate campus ministry program under SCOBA (the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas). Our mission is to support fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the Faith. Our headquarters is located in Indianapolis, IN and supports 270 local university chapter across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, we provide a variety of thoughtful and innovative programming, including regional training, annual conferences, and domestic and international service learning projects.

Real Life @ UCSB (Real Life)
Real Life is a community of students whose lives have been transformed by the love and life of Jesus Christ. As we follow Jesus, we are seeking to bring the reality of His love, life, and transformation to UCSB, Isla Vista, and ultimately the world.

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)
RUF Christian Fellowship is a student organization at University of California Santa Barbara. We're a community of UCSB students who seek to know Jesus Christ as Lord, be known by Jesus, praise Him in all we say and do, extend His message and life with others, love each other, the world, and His Church. We invite you to check us out regardless of where you stand on the spiritual spectrum. We hope that you will come and evaluate the claims of Christianity and see what great lengths God has gone to change the human mess.


For Additional information, personal contacts, and meeting times please see UCSB's Office of Student Life - list of organizations.