Graduate Week of Spiritual Emphasis
Date: October 25, 2011
The second annual Graduate Week of Spiritual Emphasis is planned for Oct. 31–Nov. 5, 2011. Patrick Graham, an Andrews University alum serving as a pastor in Maryland, will be the featured speaker and the theme for the week is “Be Changed, then Change Your World.” Each evening, graduate students will gather in the Seminary Chapel from 6–7:30 p.m. and on Sabbath a service will be held at 11 a.m., also in the Seminary Chapel. All graduate students are invited and encouraged to attend.
The Graduate Student Spiritual Life Committee, comprised of graduate students, aims to infuse spirituality throughout the culture and student experience at Andrews University. The committee works closely with Christon Arthur, dean of the School of Graduate Studies & Research, to develop meaningful programming and build community among graduate students.
“Education is holistic in nature and should affect the intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical attributes of the learner,” says Arthur. “We are all broken people who are seeking wholeness. Some of our students are struggling with broken relationships, broken homes, broken promises and broken communities. This is a week when we can seek God and find community that can restore. Connecting with God and community results in restoration and wholeness. That’s what we hope can begin to happen during that week.”
Pastor Graham is the newly assigned under-shepherd of the Sharon Seventh-day Adventist Church in Baltimore, Md., and enjoys preaching with revelation and inspiration. He comes with an extensive background catering to eschatological teachings and is passionate about working with the persons of all ages and teaching the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Graham believes, “It is easier to be saved than lost.”