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Choose Love

  January 16, 2019
Student Engagement Ministries:

Coordinator, Alyssa Broberg broberga@spu.edu


Urban Involvement

Coordinator, Joselyn Molina molinaj@spu.edu



Coordinator, Lilly Bascom bascoml@spu.edu


In Context

Catalyst Ed. Programmer Andrea Diaz diaza@spu.edu


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JPC collaborates with Campus Ministries, both part of the Office of University Ministries, for holistic student development in the areas of worship, discipleship, and reconciliation www.spu.edu/um

Reclaiming the Dream, prayer breakfast poster

MLK Prayer Breakfast
• January 21,
• 7:00-8:30 am,
• The Sheraton

It is God’s love that envelopes and empowers us into the reconciliation of Christ. God chose love and demonstrated this love in a creative and revolutionary way. The widely known verse, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Well this love, while freely and openly given and available to us, is a love that we too can choose to live within and to live out. And if we choose to believe, if we choose to love, where can that love lead us?

I know a man who was confronted death as a result of a national system of hate. Dr. John Perkins’ story shares the experience of being beaten by officers in the Brandon jail.
Looking up behind swollen eyes and an open head wound, he was able to see the impact of deep, blind hatred. Even after getting out of jail, Dr. Perkins’ healing included choosing not to be consumed by this same hatred, but to instead choose love. Love’s creative alternative in the life of Dr. Perkins made way for a legacy of the 3 R’s (relocation, re- distribution, and reconciliation), the Christian Community Development Association ( CCDA), his Foundation, the Center here at SPU, and a lifetime of ministry and impact.


But, I am not merely speaking of this matter at the measure of salvific proportion. This choice can and perhaps should be a daily part of our being. Choosing love, choosing Christ’s love, can form and transform our normal behavior. It can inform and transform the way we do justice. I was moved by the connections that Christena Cleveland made in a recent post:


“… every thought, emotion and behavior comes from one of two places: love or fear. I can practice justice from a place of open-hearted love by vulnerably inviting people to partici- pate, or I can practice it from a place of close-fisted and con- trolling fear by shaming people into joining. I can speak truth from a Source of love, knowing that my words will have lasting impact regardless of the immediate response, or I can speak truth from an anxious and isolating belief that if I don’t speak up, no one will. I can fight for justice from a place of generative communal love, or I can do so from the fearful place of limited individual power… / We get to choose how to source our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. With practice, we can consistently choose love over fear.”

Love, Christ’s love, is the reconciler. If we choose this love, we may become open to creative ways led by the Holy Spir- it. Dr. John Perkins writes about “the greatest of these is love” in his latest book, One Blood: “When it’s all said and done, love is a choice. It’s a decision. I choose the way of love. I’ve chosen to be marked by it.”

So again I ask, where might the choice of love lead you?

Caenisha Warren
JPC Staff


Highlight of the Week: Engagement Day

Who: Latreia


What: Engagement Day


When:Saturday, January 26, 2019,
8:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.


Where: Operation Nightwatch, LifeLine Food Bank, and DNDA-Nature Consortium

Latreia Engagement Day poster

Image of Latreia Logo with
information of the event.


Current Events & Opportunities:

  • Burst the Bubble
    Wednesday January 16th, 1:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.
    Weter Hall Lounge
    Come find out ways to get involved with Latreia and Urban Involvement this quarter.
  • In Context
    Fridays 3:30 p.m. –5:00 p.m.
    January 25 – March 1, registration required.
    A six week quarterly discussion series for campus exploring race and justice. Registration is
    required and can be done by emailing Andrea Diaz at diaza7@spu.edu.
  • MLK Prayer Breakfast
    Monday January 21st, 7:00 a.m. –8:30 a.m.
    The Sheraton Seattle
    Our purpose is to unite communities to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
    Jr., honor leaders who model his work, and promote justice and reconciliation with community
    partners in the greater Seattle community.
  • 2019 MLK Day of Service Danny Woo Community Garden
    Monday January 21st, 10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
    Danny Woo Community Garden / 620 South Main Street, Seattle WA, 98104
    Honoring Dr. King's lifelong dedication to service and justice, GO-MAP is partnering with the Danny Woo Community Garden.
  • Sammamish Bus to the 2019 Womxns March in Seattle
    Monday January 21st, 8:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.
    Sammamish Pine Lake Park & Ride / 3015 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075
    Here we go again! Bus with your community to the Seattle Womxn's March on January 19th!
    We will have buses pick up at 8 am from the Sammamish (Pine Lake Park and Ride, 3015
    228th Ave SE, Sammamish).

Coming Up:

  • STOP the Hate!
    Sunday Febuary 6th, 6:00 p.m. –8:30 p.m.
    The University of Puget Sound / 1500 North Warner Street, Wheelocck Student Center, Upper Marshall Hall, Tacoma WA, 98416
    Please join us to hear excellent panelists discuss the reasons of the growing hate in our community and what we all can do to stop this from continuing.
  • Equity Leaders: A Workshop for Those Leading Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
    Friday April 2nd, 9:00 a.m. –4:30 p.m.
    2100 Building / 2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
    A Workshop & Networking Opportunity for Those Leading Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Efforts.
  • Sam Gallery Presemts: Troy Gua at Taste
    October 31 2018 – May 2 2019
    Seattle Art Museum Sam Gallery 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    See Troy Gua's Pop Hybrids series now hanging in TASTE Café. Gua combines images of pop
    stars, celebrities, politicians, and dictators to convey a wholly new meaning about the people
    in the portraits. The artwork in this show will rotate so check back often to view new hybrid combinations.

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