If you utilize social media sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) or visit national news sites, you will most likely agree that we are living in a rapidly changing and politically super-charged day.
Our residential students are also engaged in social media and, for most, their days at IWU are the first where they find themselves interacting with the world from outside the umbrella of parental oversight.
Knowing how pivotal college is for young adults, we at IWU are very intentional about our time together – both in the classroom, as well as every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning when our Marion IWU community meets together for chapel. It is our time to worship, encourage, nurture, as well as stretch our student’s hearts and minds towards a deeper life in Christ.
I’ve known our Dean of Chapel, the Rev. Dr. John Bray, for many years. Before coming to serve as Dean of the Chapel he was the senior pastor of Heritage Church in the Quad Cities (Indiana/Illinois) – a position he held for 41 years. John and his wife Patty are passionate about inspiring our young people to think about their lives and the world around them in light of the truths of God’s word.
For this academic school year, John has arranged some fascinating chapel themes and guests speakers. I want to share a few with you, to provide a glimpse of the ‘chapel part of life’ for our residential students.
Our theme for this fall is “Choices Matter”. Every Monday, faculty from our School of Theology and Ministry are preaching through the book of Philippians. Paul, the writer of this book, consistently chose joy! What an powerful message for our students.
We launched Hispanic Awareness month by welcoming Gabriel Salguero, pastor of Lamb’s Church of the Nazarene in New York City, and founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) which offers an important leadership voice for the close to 8 million Latino evangelical people in our country.
Did you know that 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation? Dr. Bray has enlisted faculty emeritus, Dr. Bud Bence, to dramatically portray Martin Luther.
To commemorate Global Awareness Week, we look forward to hosting Maryam & Marziyeh, Iranian women who were imprisoned for 256 days because of following the teachings of Jesus. In an Iranian court, they were ordered to denounce their faith verbally and in writing, but they stood firm replying, “We love Jesus. We will not deny our faith.”
Feel free to listen in by visiting our website’s chapel podcast archive: www.indwes.edu/undergraduate/life-at-iwu/spiritual-life/
(David Wright and Jill Pederson)