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February 3, 2014 / Whitworth University

In the Beginning…

Feb. 3-9, 2014

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1

This week we pray for…

  • new students, both first-time incoming freshmen and transfer students, who are starting at Whitworth this spring term. We ask that they will experience the full support of the university community, especially on Monday as they participate in spring orientation for new students.
  • students who are participating in full-semester faculty-led programs in Costa Rica, Tanzania and Nicaragua with the Central America Service Program. Whitworth students will also participate in exchange programs in the U.K., Sweden, Australia, Chile, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Uruguay, the Czech Republic, France, Spain, New Zealand, Italy, Argentina, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • our student athletes, for their safety as they travel and compete in the true Whitworth Pirate spirit.
  • Tuesday’s community worship service as Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal begins our series on John’s Gospel with reflections from John 1 about Jesus as the One who is ever eternal, universal, and personal.
  • Thursday’s Opening Convocation and Founder’s Day Celebration, featuring music, worship, faculty in academic regalia, and an opportunity for Whitworth to honor students. We will install Carol Simon, Ph.D., as provost, the chief academic officer of the university.
  • the sixth annual Leonard Oakland Film Festival, which will feature an American independent film, a documentary and an international film, all exploring themes of our humanity and our responsibility for each other.
  • Peggy MacIntosh, Ph.D., founder of the national Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum. On Thursday, she will address “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: Privilege, Education, and the Vision of Achieving Inclusion.”
  • Initiative 4.4 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan. Ask that we will be successful in increasing recruitment and retention of faculty and staff to enhance diversity and to expand leadership opportunities for women and for individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic populations.

We thank you, Lord, for new beginnings. As we face the future, not knowing what the days and months will bring us or how we will respond, of this we are certain: You are present with us as we begin this semester, and you will be with us every step of the way. Thank you for loving us as we journey with You and with each other. In Christ’s name, Amen.

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