Former president of AU’s Methodist community Corie Maguigad says church must help mitigate current issues

Former AU Methodist’s President Corie Maguigad talks about the future of the community and the issues that face it.

by Lauren Patetta

Corie Maguigad, former president of the American University United Methodist Protestant Community, believes that the church has a major role to play in dealing with key political issues. A senior studying international relations and arabic language, Maguigad has been a member of the community since her freshman year, and her experiences have given her hope that the church can help fight societal inequality. 

“I think one of the best things that churches do, or should do, in society is kind of collective action and caring for one another,” she said. “I think people can use religion to justify terrible actions, and if people would kind of switch it up and use religion to justify caring for other people and fighting against injustice, I think that would be a really strong use of something that a lot of people have attachment to.” 

Problems like climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are particularly prominent in Maguigad’s mind, especially with the upcoming presidential election, but she remains optimistic that grassroots organizations and churches alike can bring positive change. 

But the AU United Methodist Protestant Community had problems of its own building a strong community. Early last year, the United Methodist Church upheld its ban on same-sex marriages and voted against allowing members of the LGBTQ community to serve in the clergy, making some people wary of AU’s Methodist group, according to Maguigad. 

“I think people have a misunderstanding of religion, and they conflate religion and spirituality with the institutions in place,” Maguigad said. “So I think one of the biggest issues is kind of this preconceived notion that you’re automatically going to be excluded because it’s a religious organization.” 

In response, Maguigad said that the AU United Methodist Protestant Community has made acceptance of all identities a major focus of the organization. 

On a personal level, Maguigad is concerned about the economic issues facing the United States right now, especially since she plans to graduate in December. In the hopes that these problems will be addressed, Maguigad will be voting by mail in the election. 

“Depending on how quickly I fill it out, I might be obnoxious and, like, pay for [the ballot] to get super fastly shipped to my parents so that they can turn it in,” she said. 

Despite no longer being the president, Maguigad remains active in the AU United Methodists Protestant Community, and is trying to find new ways to foster community after all campus activities moved online. Currently, she is organizing virtual trivia nights for her fellow students.

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