A new Auburn sorority has traded Greek Life for the meek life.
Established on Auburn’s campus in spring, Sigma Phil Lambda is Auburn’s first Christian non-Pan-Hellenic sorority and, per its organizations purpose statement, “exists for the sole purpose of glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ and making His name great.”
“It is a sisterhood based in Christ and fellowship of college women that love Him and want to glorify Him in our actions,” says sorority President Alexandria Jones.
Like other sororities, these “sisters for the Lord” meet weekly (every Sunday), pay dues, and of course pride themselves on what they feel is a “sisterly bond” unique among sororities.
“I love how close we are together,” says Vice President Lauren Kennedy. “It is a bond we have that no one else would because we are Christ-centered.”
Prospective members go through rush just like any other sorority, but according to Kennedy, the process is reversed: “We don’t choose them, they choose us.”
“Basically everyone who wants to join is welcome,” Jones says.
The one requirement for membership? Girls must be involved in at least one other Bible study outside those organized by Sigma Phi Lambda.
Once they’re in, chapter activity consists of mostly of chapter business, service projects in the surrounding community, group worship, and devotions led by Chaplain Emily Stubbs. Twice a month, the girls divide into “cable groups” after the devotional meetings for discussion and prayer (according to members, prayer meetings sometimes last up to two hours).
After less than a year in existence, the Auburn chapter of Sigma Phi Lambda has 32 charter members and a pledge class of 63, totaling 95 students.
Phi Lamb was founded at the University of Texas in Austin in 1988 by a group of coeds that envisioned a sorority based on provided Christian fellowship. There are currently 30 chapters across the country.
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