The Burlingame Christian Club has now joined the ranks of multiple identity-based clubs on campus. The club is held every Tuesday lunch in Ms. Hudelson’s room and emphasizes morality and discusses self-improvement.
“There are a lot of Christians on campus, but they didn’t know or communicate with each other, and [the club] is a way they can meet and encourage each other to be united in belief,” junior Josh Wong, BCC’s cofounder, said in regard to the reason for the club’s creation. Like many clubs, BCC is a way students who share a common identity can bond.
“[The Christian Club] aims to serve as a light on campus,” Wong said, referencing the BCC poster emblazoned with the catchphrase “Be the Light,” which has been hung up in severals hallways on campus. .
Wong feels Christianity has been unjustly stigmatized in recent years by the media, and wants to reverse any misconceptions students might have about the faith.
“There are good and bad parts of Christianity, the media often only focuses on bad stereotypes,” Wong said. “We want to encourage others not to see our religion as just what’s on the news.”
BCC has expanded to around 25 people since the founding of the club, mostly Christian but not all. Club member Camden Stuart said that he joined the BCC because he’s been Christian his entire life and felt compelled to be part of the new BHS Christian community.
Week to week, the club has many plans such as conducting prayer support groups, hosting guest speakers, and conducting discussion groups on certain topics. However, according to Wong, the overall theme for the club this year is how religion affects one’s day to day life. On Tuesday, the Christian Club was visited by Pastor Jeremy Wong of Millbrae Bible Church, who shared about his life, and religion as a facet of high school identity. He also discussed the threat that idols can present towards one’s faith; how pleasure, power, wealth and fame disrupt the path towards finding God.
Having an identity is a commonality for clubs on campus, but some feel that religion crosses the line of an identity that should be openly public. Junior Vinhson Nguyen shares his concerns with the BCC.
“The club is slightly alienating,” Nguyen said. Nguyen isn’t Christian himself, and shared that he sometimes feels ostracized from the club’s activities. That said, BCC was founded with inclusive intentions, and stated that it is very open to hear the beliefs of all members of the student body, regardless of religion.