Photographer:Fotograaf: Loraine Bodewes
MAASTRICHT. “Well, this looks fancy.” Neighbours, parents and members admiringly inspect Christian student association Lux ad Mosam’s new accommodation. The students now have a living room, a hall with a bar and various spare rooms at their disposal above the COC Café on Bogaardenstaart 43. Apart from the association, there are also eleven student rooms in the building, occupied by members of Lux ad Mosam as of last week. A short video shows how they demolished, renovated, painted and scrubbed over the last six months.
Until recently the members met each other in a hall in the Walloon Church on the Sint Pieterstraat, but when the associations Navigators and Ichthus Maastricht merged and became Lux ad Mosam in 2010, it became too small. What followed was a long search for a suitable location. “There were times when we had completely had it, when we worried about the huge responsibility of having our own building,” says Peter van Schayck, chairman of the building committee. He not only refers to the renovation but also to the period before that, when the association had to go looking for subsidies to finance the building. “Fortunately at moments like that we could fall back on our faith.”
The result is not half bad, feels COC chairman Gerrit-Jan Meulenbeld. He welcomes the students to “the most eclectic street in the Netherlands, with a synagogue, art cinema, an association for homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders, and now also a Christian student association.” At first, people thought it was strange to have Christian and gay associations in one building, he says. “Wrong, because we are really quite suited. We both represent a minority in society and stand for respect and tolerance.”
Mayor Onno Hoes opened the club officially by signing a charter.