Voice, a support group and community for LGBT students, continues to offer its weekly Chapels as well as addition events for students.
Voice has existed since 2012 and was recognized by the university as an LGBT peer-support group for students in 2016. Most known for its Chapel events, Voice has functioned as an organization for students to share testimonies and grow in their faith while engaging in the community, said Kit Myers, president of Voice.
In the last two years, numbers of students attending Voice Chapel has increased, with about 200-300 people participating in the group, Myers said. Community has always been a focus of Voice, but now is even more so than it used to be, she said.
“More people are showing up and when more people show, more community is formed, and there’s a great atmosphere,” said Myers, senior art major from Franklin.
“One thing I’m really proud of is that we have a very warm and very familial atmosphere. Even though we’re in Bible 114, and over 100 people come to Chapels, it still feels close and it still feels personal.”
In addition to the weekly Chapels, Voice hosts multiple events, including movie nights, small groups and its staple, Voice dinners.
“Every other week, faculty members will open up their home to Voice, and we will have dinner,” Myers said. “We don’t always have a talk; sometimes it’s just fun and community.”
Sarah Morgan, sophomore Bible and ministry major, said Voice’s goal is to provide a space where students can feel completely themselves and be loved and supported.
“I know that sometimes ACU people have really strong opinions about the LGBTQ+ community, sometimes pretty negative, and I like that Voice gives a place for them and allies to not be treated poorly but to be heard and seen and loved,” Morgan said. “I want LGBTQ+ students to know that I love and support them and a good way to to show that is by seeing them in Voice on Wednesdays.”
Voice Chapels take place at 11 a.m. every Wednesday in BSB 114 and are open to all who wish to attend.