Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2017, Andrews University Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:31:00 -0000 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:31:00 -0000 Proximity Vespers <p> Join us every Friday evening in PMC for a vespers designed to get you in Proximity with God.</p> <p> James 4:8 assures us that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. Our PROXIMITY to God determines our ability to know Him! As a result of this PROXIMITY:</p> <p> CLARITY is received<br /> CLOSENESS is perceived<br /> CLEANLINESS is achieved<br /> This process transforms us, leading to improved PROXIMITY with God and fellow believers.</p> <p> The PROXIMITY vision is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!&nbsp; We love God because He first loved us! (1 John 4:19) The PROXIMITY vision seeks to exhibit how far the Father is willing to go in order to improve His PROXIMITY to humanity. Campus Ministries believes that displaying this story, will not only improve our campus&rsquo; PROXIMITY to the Father, but also improve our PROXIMITY to each other. (John 17:23)</p> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:50:55 +0000 Unencumbered Fellowship <h3> Sabbath, April 29, 2017.</h3> <p> It was going to be a big day. A high day. A unique day. It was called Koinonia Day, born into conception just a few weeks prior through inspiration of the Holy Spirit.</p> <p> &ldquo;Koinonia is the Greek word for fellowship,&rdquo; explains Dwight Nelson, senior pastor of Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. &ldquo;It is embedded in the Pentecost story where 3,000 people were baptized in Jerusalem. New members devoted themselves to the apostles&rsquo; teachings and the <em>fellowship</em> [emphasis Nelson&rsquo;s]. The Bible says everyone was filled with awe.&rdquo;</p> <p> Nelson continues by quoting 2 Corinthians 13:14: &ldquo;May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the <em>fellowship</em> of the Holy Spirit be with you all&rdquo; [emphasis Nelson&rsquo;s].</p> <p> &ldquo;That was code to the followers of Christ that said that what we experience in him we share with each other,&rdquo; Nelson says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a bond&mdash;blest be the tie that binds.&rdquo;</p> <h3> In the Beginning</h3> <p> In early March, Spiritual Life Committee was discussing next steps for the campus following the <a href="">#ItIsTimeAU campaign</a> that was still fresh in everyone&rsquo;s minds. They recognized that the campus was galvanized and didn&rsquo;t want the school year to end with &ldquo;a chapel and two videos.&rdquo; Nelson appealed to the committee:</p> <p> &ldquo;The world church&rsquo;s eyes are on us. We cannot squander this moment.&rdquo;</p> <p> Shortly after the meeting Nelson got an email from Michael Polite, associate chaplain, asking for a meeting.</p> <p> &ldquo;It moved me,&rdquo; says Polite about Nelson&rsquo;s speech. &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t know what to do, but I understood his heart in that moment. I felt like he was seeing an opportunity in a way that none of us around the table were seeing.&rdquo;</p> <p> And so, they met. They prayed. And they made a plan.</p> <p> A plan that came to fruition on Sabbath, April 29, 2017: Koinonia Day.</p> <p> On this special Sabbath, New Life Fellowship, a historically black congregation which regularly meets in the too-small-for-them Seminary Chapel, and the historically predominantly white congregation of Pioneer Memorial Church, swapped worship spaces for the second church service that morning.</p> <p> Everyone in each congregation: musicians, preachers, deacons and regular attendees, all experienced their regular worship service&mdash;just in a different space.</p> <h3> The Test</h3> <p> &ldquo;This is not the first time relocating New Life to PMC has been discussed,&rdquo; says Polite. &ldquo;To date, I have been uncomfortable engaging in these discussions because the conversations were void of proper context and proper sensitivity needed to respond to a hurtful history. This conversation was different; it not only admitted that the current setup would not be ideal for the New Life community, but it also positioned New Life as the lead on crafting the experience and surveying the attendees to see how they felt in the PMC space.&rdquo;</p> <p> So, Koinonia Day served as a litmus test. Campus spiritual leaders created a simple survey card to distribute to both congregations in both locations, asking questions such as: Where do you usually attend church? Do you feel comfortable here? Do you feel like this was a positive thing? Were you able to encounter God today?</p> <p> &ldquo;It was a really beautiful opportunity to see something powerful that has never been done here,&rdquo; says Melanie Reed, senior architecture major. &ldquo;It was packed, and you saw people worshipping in a different way. It didn&rsquo;t feel forced, or black and white, it felt like genuine, collective worship among people who all love God.&rdquo;</p> <p> Nia Darville, junior speech pathology &amp; audiology major, agrees.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was amazing to worship with other cultures while still feeling comfortable enough to worship the way I do on a regular basis,&rdquo; she says.</p> <h3> More than Church</h3> <p> It wasn&rsquo;t just about the worship experience, either. Following the church service, PMC, New Life and One Place (a separate church service that meets in Newbold Auditorium in Buller Hall every week) would come together for a fellowship meal on the lawn outside the Campus Center.</p> <p> However, when the weather forecast for Sabbath predicted rain, rain and more rain, event coordinators knew they had to prepare a contingency for that meal.</p> <p> Enter Lhorraine London Polite, project manager for the provost. Instead of on the lawn as planned, on Friday London Polite worked with Paul Elder, director of facilities management, and his team to set up nearly 1,500 chairs at tables in Johnson Gym. And they didn&rsquo;t stop there. After London Polite called multiple stores in the area to determine inventory availability, she and Elder personally went to seven stores in the area and purchased 86 identical portable canopies to be set up over the sidewalk between the Campus Center, where food would be served, to Johnson Gym, where food would be enjoyed, so no one would have to walk in the rain. It took six Plant Services team members four hours on Friday afternoon to set up the canopy pathway.</p> <p> &ldquo;Being in the gym was important,&rdquo; says Nelson. &ldquo;The ambiance and the energy of the room made all the difference. It was Koinonia.&rdquo;</p> <p> Serving that many people all at once fell to Mark Daniels, general manager of Dining Services and Linda Brinegar, executive chef, both of whom accepted the challenge with grace. Over 1,600 people were served their haystack lunch in under an hour.</p> <h3> Mixing it Up</h3> <p> Campus Ministries, led by June Price, University chaplain, coordinated the personal connection experience for the afternoon. Each person in line for food was given a sticker and told to sit at a table with a corresponding flag. At each table a stack of specially made cards Campus Ministries called a &ldquo;Chat Pack&rdquo; invited those seated at the table to ask and answer questions of themselves and each other.</p> <p> Price and her team also facilitated room-wide conversation from the front, where they asked questions and had people stand and look around to see who else had experienced similar things in life. The questions covered everything from liking Taco Bell to losing a parent to personally experiencing discrimination.</p> <p> &ldquo;We wanted to ease the audience into understanding that we&rsquo;re similar in deep things,&rdquo; Price says. &ldquo;The atmosphere was exactly what was needed for the occasion. There was great synergy and camaraderie as each table took initiative to actively get to know each other.&rdquo;</p> <p> The point was to mix with people who were different on multiple levels.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was inter-generational, inter-congregational and inter-cultural,&rdquo; explains Polite. &ldquo;One student shared with me that he sat with an elderly gentleman from PMC and had a wonderful conversation during which they learned they had more in common than they thought. That&rsquo;s priceless.&rdquo;</p> <p> Garrison Hayes, student chaplain and MDiv student in the Seminary, felt Koinonia Day was exactly what was needed at Andrews University.</p> <p> &ldquo;From the respective church services to the lunch afterward, the divine fingerprints of God were all over it,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I believe God wanted the campus to get a small taste of Heaven, and the unencumbered fellowship we will enjoy there one day. He was successful in doing that.&rdquo;</p> <h3> Bringing it All Together</h3> <p> Following the church service and fellowship lunch, a special Koinonia Vespers, facilitated by J. Murdock, pastor of One Place, allowed for a moment of prayer. Nelson provided an overview on how Koinonia came to be, and used the story to motivate a time of small-group prayer for the Andrews University campus. Andrea Luxton, University president, led attendees in corporate prayer, and Kenley Hall, associate professor of Christian ministry in the Seminary, gave a stirring charge.</p> <p> &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s move Koinonia from being an event to being a lifestyle here at Andrews,&rdquo; Hall urged.</p> <p> So, what&rsquo;s next for Koinonia Day and its impact on the Andrews University community?</p> <p> PMC and New Life printed 1,500 survey cards and all of them were distributed between the two congregations. The responses on these cards will be tabulated and reviewed to determine and define next steps.</p> <p> &ldquo;Coming together is an intrusive project,&rdquo; says Polite. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s what keeps more people from attempting it. It&rsquo;s difficult. It requires sacrifice, time, effort, energy and monetary resources. But when you have a group of individuals willing to sacrifice those things together, it is a sign that staying the same is not an option for them. They become willing to sacrifice with one another.&rdquo;</p> <p> A multiracial team from PMC is tasked with leading in the identification of strategic steps forward that would create a more ethnically inclusive environment at PMC. At the same time, a leadership team at New Life will also be giving study to possible next steps. The two groups will spend fall semester 2017 reviewing, learning and building consensus. They expect any long-term commitments to be launched in January 2018.</p> <h3> &quot;This is Life&quot;</h3> <p> &ldquo;This is not unique to PMC or Andrews University,&rdquo; says Nelson. &ldquo;This is life. The nation is as fractured as we&rsquo;ve ever been racially, and this is a show and tell for God to put something together that reaches far beyond Andrews.&rdquo;</p> <p> In his Koinonia Day sermon, Nelson referenced Philippians 1:6 several times: &ldquo;He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;What God starts he finishes,&rdquo; Nelson says confidently. &ldquo;We believe he&rsquo;s started something and we&rsquo;re just as confident that he will finish it. The best is yet to come. With Jesus, that is always the case.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 17 May 2017 14:26:08 +0000 Listen. Dialogue. Change. <p style=""> On Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, a group of concerned students released a video which presented concerns regarding race and racism at Andrews University, and included specific requests for a response from University administration. Since the release of this video, several steps have been taken, including conversations between students and administration and forums for employees and students. The following video was released in response by University Administration and was shown to students, faculty and staff in chapel on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.</p> <p style=""> If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed on this page, you can write to President Luxton directly at <a href=""></a>.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" class="embed-responsive-item" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> <p style=""> &nbsp;</p> <p style=""> Prior to the above video being shared with the campus community, President Andrea Luxton spoke for the chapel event. The live recording of her presentation can be viewed below.&nbsp;</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" class="embed-responsive-item" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> <h3 style=""> Our Commitments</h3> <p> In an undergraduate chapel presentation and video shared on the Andrews University campus and through social media on February 23, Andrews University affirmed a series of commitments and next steps in response to the questions raised in an #ItIsTimeAU video released on February 18.</p> <p> Additionally, some of these issues were also discussed in a speech of apology and reconciliation that was made by President Luxton on October 1, 2016, at a Lake Union Conference &quot;A Journey to Healing and Understanding&quot; event held in Berrien Springs, Michigan.</p> <p> Those commitments and next steps are as follows:</p> <ol> <li> Andrews University will immediately begin a search for a full-time, senior-level administrator of diversity, a new cabinet-level position that reports directly to the president and will drive meaningful, visible and ongoing change. The plan is for this position to be filled by the beginning of the 2017&ndash;2018 school year.</li> <li> This senior-level administrator of diversity will develop and implement a revised and expanded cultural diversity training program. This training will be required and specialized for each group on campus: faculty, staff and students.</li> <li> Andrews University will continue to diversify our faculty, staff and administration in order to assure a high-quality education that prepares our students to serve meaningfully in a global environment. Our curriculum should also clearly reflect and educate students about our diversity. Regular online and campus reports will confirm progress towards these goals.</li> <li> Andrews University will have a strengthened grievance process that allows students to simply and directly report injustice and mistreatment of all kinds and to seek resolution.</li> <li> Andrews University will commit to honor, support and celebrate all the ways we seek and achieve community&mdash;including how we gather and worship together throughout our University family. Faculty, staff and the campus community will be encouraged to understand, respect and honor all the ways we worship.</li> </ol> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 col-sm-offset-1"> <img alt="Signature" src="" /> <p> Andrea Luxton<br /> President</p> </div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-5"> <img alt="Signature" src="" /> <p> Christon Arthur<br /> Provost</p> </div> </div> <p> <a href="/attachments/44/44898/our_commitments_20170223.pdf">Download a PDF version of &quot;Our Commitments&quot;</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <h3 style=""> Upcoming Events</h3> <p> <strong>Diving Deeper: Let's Talk About Unconscious Bias</strong><br /> Tuesday, March 7, 11:30 a.m.<br /> Howard Performing Arts Center</p> <p> We understand that not one person alive today took part in the invention of race and racism. We also acknowledge that it is the inherited responsibility of this generation to examine and respond to ways that we keep it alive. This session provides context for the fight for racial justice by people of color and provides evidence of why racial justice today is not about slavery but about current events. We will trace the journey of &ldquo;race&rdquo; from the 1600s to today through the fabric of our American foundation. We believe we can tell the truth, advocate for personal responsibility, and provide a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere for racial reconciliation.</p> <h3 style=""> Recent Events</h3> <p> <strong>Help Me Understand #ItIsTimeAU&nbsp;</strong><br /> Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.<br /> Seminary Chapel<br /> Please text your questions to&nbsp;269-281-4383.</p> <p> This student forum offers the opportunity for Andrews students to engage directly with President Luxton and Provost Arthur on concerns expressed in the #ItIsTimeAU video.</p> <p> <strong>How to Talk About Race Without Losing Your Cool</strong><br /> Sunday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m.<br /> Meier Hall Chapel</p> <p> This session will focus on helping participants think about the limitations they bring into the conversation about race. These limitations include: limited knowledge, limited understanding of one&rsquo;s own emotions and an &ldquo;all&rdquo; or &ldquo;nothing&rdquo; binary on the definition of racism that largely leaves racism unchallenged. Finally, we will provide three actionable steps that participants can take&nbsp;<em>today</em>&nbsp;to have better conversations about race and racism.</p> <p> <strong>The Emotional Side of Race</strong><br /> Thursday, March 2, 8 p.m.<br /> Meier Hall Chapel</p> <p> There are residual effects to the trauma we face. Experiences of racism and discrimination are often confusing and traumatizing. This also holds true when one is confronted with the possibility that you may be perpetuating racist stereotypes and prejudice. Cycles of internalization and perpetuation can be toxically embedded in our habits of relating. These cycles may result in shame, denial, depression, anger and blame. We will discuss how to recognize these cycles in ourselves. Although through our racial development these emotions are often normalized, we will explore the difference between guilt&mdash;which is negative and non-supportive&mdash;versus responsibility&mdash;which is both empowering and actionable. Finally, we will discuss ways of confronting discrimination that bypass emotional hijacking and are more likely to provide the results we seek. We can have a &ldquo;what you did&rdquo; conversation on race that does not constitute &ldquo;all of who you are.&rdquo;</p> <h3 style=""> Thoughts from President Luxton</h3> <p style=""> <em>The following message was sent via email to Andrews University faculty, staff and students on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.</em></p> <p style=""> Friends,<br /> <br /> I trust many of you are experiencing some of the rest and restoration that can come with a three-day weekend.<br /> <br /> I, along with our provost, Christon Arthur, wanted to write to you this evening, even before school resumes tomorrow, since I imagine many of you may have heard about or watched the #ItIsTimeAU video released over this past weekend. This letter is far longer than usual, but it regards something that is at the heart of our Andrews University community and the students, faculty and staff we serve. I invite you to take the time to prayerfully read and reflect on these words.<br /> <br /> The #ItIsTimeAU video has struck a chord with many on this campus and beyond, and inspired a variety of passionate reactions from all corners, both on this campus and far beyond. In its first two days, more than 120,000 have watched the video on Facebook and listened to the concerns and expectations the video contains.<br /> <br /> I wanted to share with you some of the ways in which Andrews seeks to respond to the questions and concerns of the video, and the realities and challenges of our diverse campus community. This community includes our African-American students who have often faced, and still face, systemic injustices and racism that significantly compromise their journey as part of this campus, church and global community.<br /> <br /> Some responses to those concerns (both raised in the video and within our overall campus community) have been explored, and need to be fully and clearly articulated, with measurable next steps.<br /> <br /> That has included an initial response from Andrews University to the Facebook post of the video, part of which appears below:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <em>I don&rsquo;t know if you had a chance to hear or read it before, but I spoke last October 1 at the &ldquo;Journey to Healing and Understanding&rdquo; event held in Berrien Springs in conjunction with the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (you can watch a video <a href="">here</a>).<br /> <br /> In my talk that day, I reflected on some of the issues, challenges and apologies sought and needed in connection with our incomplete journey as a university as it relates to our African-American community.</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <em>Let me share part of my remarks from last October here. Speaking of Andrews University, I said:</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <em>&ldquo;As an organization we have been guilty of racial bias, of making African-American employees and students feel &lsquo;less than.&rsquo; We have not listened well. We have not been sensitive and have not taken action when action should have been taken. For that I am profoundly sorry. It is not good enough for us to see ourselves simply mirroring or being the victim of the challenges and conflicts of society at our point in history. As Christians, as Seventh-day Adventists, we must always have greater expectations of ourselves. We never have an excuse to devalue, make assumptions of another because of their race. We have no excuse not to be open to understanding our own sinfulness and bias as we ask God to &lsquo;search us and see if there is any wickedness in us&rsquo; as the Psalmist expresses it.</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <em>&ldquo;So African-American friends, fellow Christians, colleagues, I apologize to you for any experiences in the past where Andrews University has not treated you with the dignity, respect and equality which is your right. I do appreciate the title of this program, chosen by the Lake Union, and particularly the word, &lsquo;Journey.&rsquo; I know sadly that we have not yet arrived at where we should be. But I can tell you that we are fully and unequivocally committed to continuing the journey towards healing, understanding and biblical justice. That will continue to mean educating more, listening more, being more vulnerable, and intentionally seeking increasing ways to dialogue. Our campus must ultimately be one of safety to all races, where meetings such as this one are not just gesture but meaningful occasions of ongoing reconciliation, healing and transformation.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> I, Dr. Arthur and the entire Andrews University community seeks to take and respond seriously to concerns like these at a school and within a community where God&rsquo;s kingdom and His children are present, and the injustices of the past and present must continue to be understood and addressed.</em></p> <p style=""> As we respond, I invite you to join me at Undergraduate Chapel this Thursday at 11:30 a.m., either in person at Pioneer Memorial Church, or online at <a href=""></a>.<br /> <br /> There is an opportunity for the faculty and staff community to meet and talk about these issues tomorrow, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. in Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall. We are also planning a student forum along with other opportunities for student conversations later this week and beyond.</p> <p> As appropriate, you&rsquo;ll hear more about those meetings directly from our provost and Student Life team.</p> <p> These are essential conversations for our community. Many other conversations, directly and with civility and respect, will need to ensue beyond our time together this week.<br /> <br /> We invite your prayers and participation as we continue to seek to understand the pain that our African-American community has experienced and is experiencing, along with others throughout our community and world.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> In the end, I am confident and pray that we will emerge from this current situation, a stronger, richer and better University. This is an opportunity for soul-searching and reflection&mdash;both corporately and individually.<br /> <br /> Sincerely,<br /> <br /> Andrea Luxton<br /> President</p> <h3> A Request from Chaplain Price &amp; Pastor Nelson</h3> <p> <em>The following message was sent via email to Andrews University faculty, staff and students on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.</em></p> <p> There has been much heart-searching this week as our campus has processed the #ItIsTimeAU video. A suggestion at today's faculty and staff forum in response to the message of this video is a good one. In addition to Dr. Luxton&rsquo;s invitation to join her at chapel on Thursday for our continuing conversation, we would like to invite us all to set aside a day this week for fasting and prayer (7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday). Let us join together in seeking God for the guidance and wisdom, the correction and healing we need&mdash;so that we as a campus might reflect to the nation and world a portrait of His loving character.</p> <p> You may choose to participate in one of the following simple fasts:</p> <ul> <li> Food Fast&mdash;partake of water and fruit juices only</li> <li> Partial Food Fast&mdash;partake of fruits and vegetables only</li> <li> Media Fast&mdash;abstain from using or viewing any forms of media</li> <li> Phone Fast&mdash;set your phone aside for 24 hours</li> </ul> <p> The purpose for a day of fasting and prayer isn&rsquo;t to impress God with our self-denial, but rather to remind ourselves of our earnest need for His healing grace and enabling wisdom. We believe the same Christ who calls us to &ldquo;&lsquo;love one another as I have loved you&rsquo;&rdquo; (John 13:34) will lead us to the healing and unity we personally and collectively seek in answer to His prayer, &ldquo;&lsquo;That they all may be one as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You&mdash;that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me&rsquo;&rdquo; (John 17:21).</p> <p> June Price<br /> University Chaplain, Andrews University</p> <p> Dwight K. Nelson<br /> Lead Pastor, Pioneer Memorial Church</p> <h3> A Message from Seminary Deans</h3> <p> <em>The following message was sent to the Seminary faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.</em></p> <p> We feel the pain and frustration expressed in the #ItsTimeAU video put out this week and applaud the courage of the students who spoke up. Long-time structural challenges tend to become invisible and it often takes repeated and painful expressions before they can be fully addressed and dealt with. We appreciate the work that Dr. Luxton began last fall in her apology on behalf of the institution at the Lake Union &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s Talk&rdquo; gathering here in Berrien Springs. We look forward to this apology being communicated more directly on campus and for further steps to be taken.<br /> <br /> We at the seminary also want to continue moving forward with the work we have done with Dr. Moskala&rsquo;s institutional apology on April 7, 2015, with the push for greater recruiting and hiring of African-American faculty which is now beginning to bear fruit, and with the plans of our newly re-formed Seminary Committee on Ethnocentrism, Racism and Social Justice. We are grateful for the suggestions made by students in our recent forums and look forward to putting more into place soon.<br /> <br /> We welcome the suggestion of a manifesto for moving forward without delay, including diversity training for faculty and staff. Let&rsquo;s join Andrews University faculty and staff for a day of fasting and prayer that our gracious and loving Lord can bring better understanding, forgiveness, healing, reconciliation, and right actions.</p> <p> Jiri Moskala<br /> Dean, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary<br /> <br /> Teresa Reeve<br /> Associate Dean, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary</p> Mon, 15 May 2017 09:26:16 +0000 Student Missions Car Wash <p> Outgoing student missionaries for the 2017-2018 school year will be in the Apple Valley Market parking lot washing your cars in order to raise money for their missions year.&nbsp; Please come support our program and our students! April 21, 1:00-6:00pm.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000 Chapel: Send-off Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +0000 Chapel: Medical Missions: Olen Netteburg Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +0000 Service Day 2017 <p> On March 22, 30 students piled into a bus and headed to Benton Harbor for Andrews University&rsquo;s Service Day. Hosted by <a href="">Campus Ministries</a>, this biannual event provides students with an opportunity for both outreach ministry and a chance to partner with charities in nearby neighborhoods. This year, three options were available through the Salvation Army and Mosaic Caf&eacute;, a resale store and coffee shop that provides employment for those with criminal backgrounds.<br /> <br /> At the Salvation Army, students scrubbed down the kitchen, repaired cabinets and organized classrooms. Since the organization provides both education and meals for community members, as well as the traditional thrift store, the assistance was greatly appreciated.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Overall I believe the event went well!&rdquo; reflects Unique Bolden, Andrews student. &ldquo;I heard students say they were blessed and the people at the Salvation Army said that they were blessed by our help, too!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> At Mosaic Cafe, some students helped organize donations for their retail store while others worked on demolition and renovation at a building where the company is opening a new restaurant.<br /> <br /> Reflecting on the weekend&rsquo;s events, <a href="">June Price</a>, University chaplain, expressed her admiration for the students&rsquo; involvement, but hoped for more involvement in the near future.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m always so proud of our students going out and taking the time to serve,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a wonderful attitude, and I&rsquo;d love to see more students get involved in our large-form service projects.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> For information on upcoming service events, or details on how you can volunteer long-term as a student missionary, email <a href=""></a>, call 269-471-3211 or stop by the Campus Ministries office in the Campus Center.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <h3> Related Links</h3> <ul> <li> <a href="">More about outreach and missions at Andrews</a></li> <li> <a href="">What You've Been Made For:</a> Experiences as a student missionary</li> <li> <a href="">Our2Cents:</a> Students &amp; Benton Harbor ministry serve local residents</li> </ul> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:43:25 +0000 Chapel: Refugee Outreach: Glenn Russell Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:30:00 +0000