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Listening Through Lent
  February 14, 2018
Student Engagement Ministries:

Latreia
Coordinator, Alexandria Renault
renaulta@spu.edu

 

Urban Involvement

Coordinator, Kristi Holt
holtk3@spu.edu

 

SPRINT

Coordinator, Elizabeth Bartholomew
bartholomewe@spu.edu

 

In Context

Catalyst Ed. Programmer Carly Pena
penac@spu.edu

 

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Perkins Perspective

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

 

poster for Seattle Story: Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th

 

Latreia: Seattle Story 5 pm, Feb 23rd – 2 pm, Feb 24th Sign up here.



We have entered a season of Lent. And on today, Ash Wednesday, we are brought to remembering our humanity in defining ways for a period of 40 days. This liturgical practice is not necessarily something I followed growing up, though I knew fasting as a regular discipline within the church. In the last 12 years however, I have witnessed the rhythm of the cross reflecting that “for dust you are and to dust you shall return.”

 

What is this rhythm about really? It is a time for introspection and spiritual and personal growth. It is a time to draw closer to God. It is a time about community. It is a time to see a shared humanity in one another. While we may engage in practices of prayer, giving and fasting, these are preparations which are meant to be holy and rooted in helping us cultivate relationship, compassion and sacrifice with God and with one another.

 

Whether you are being mindful in reflection for this season, practicing in abstaining of some kind, or adding a healthy discipline or practice into your rhythm, it is hoped that this time will open us to hearing from God. It can be a practice of listening, of being and of becoming. Pope Francis describes it like a renewal process. “Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life. / Perhaps…you are disturbed by the spread of iniquity in the world, you are concerned about the chill that paralyzes hearts and actions, and you see a weakening in our sense of being members of the one human family. Join…then, in raising our plea to God, in fasting, and in offering whatever you can to our brothers and sisters in need!”

 

I can reflect on how the story of justice has affected my perspective and my life. I find my story of justice has been seeing from or standing within the marginalized place; pushing up against the system or power at play; and sometimes fighting for the place of love, change and transformation. And so this season of lent comes in a timely manner as I seek to listen for my Creator, because listening should always precede my pursuits of justice.

 

Caenisha Warren

JPC Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Highlight of the Week: Intercultural Retreat

Saturday, Feb 10th, 9:30 am-6 pm

Intercultural Retreat Day will be a time of exploring a neighborhood in Beacon Hill, and discussing about our stories and Neighbors pertaining to diversity. In the afternoon we will go on a neighborhood mindful excursion walk. There will be great food and activities around re-imagining sacred spaces and stories.

 

Register between February 5th-16th at SPU's Unicom desk in the SUB. There are 30 slots available on a first come first serve basis. If you need disability accommodations, please contact the VPIA-Melissa DEL RIO at ASSP-VPIA@spu.edu no later than February 16th.

Image description: Blue-sky and green hills background, with text reading: “2018 InterculturalRetreat, Re-Imagining Neighbors and Sacred Spaces, 10 am-3 pm, March 3rd, 2018, ElCentro de la Raza. Sign up between Feb 5-16th at the Unicom desk, for disability accommodations,contact assp-vpia@spu.edu by February 16th.”
Image description: Blue-sky and green hills background, with text reading: “2018 Intercultural Retreat, Re-Imagining Neighbors and Sacred Spaces, 10 am-3 pm, March 3rd, 2018, El Centro de la Raza. Sign up between Feb 5-16th at the Unicom desk, for disability accommodations, contact assp-vpia@spu.edu by February 16th.”



Current Events & Opportunities:

  • SPU Intercultural Retreat
    Sign up February 5-16th, 2018, Retreat is March 3, 2018, 10 am-3 pm, El Centro de la Raza
    Intercultural Retreat Day will be a time of exploring a neighborhood in Beacon Hill, and discussing about our stories and Neighbors pertaining to diversity. In the after noon we will go on a neighborhood mindful excursion walk. There will be great food and activities around re-imagining sacred spaces and stories. Register between February 5th-16th at SPU's Unicom desk in the SUB. There are 30 slots available on a first come first serve basis. If you need disability accommodations, please contact the VPIA-Melissa DEL RIO at ASSP-VPIA@spu.eduno later than February 16th.
  • SAL Presents: Colson Whitehead
    Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:30 pm, Benaroya Hall, $10 students, $20 balcony, $35 -$45 open seating.
    Seattle Arts & Lectures last heard from Colson Whitehead in their 2008/09 season, four books into his career (he is the author of The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and Sag Harbor). Five books later, he’s collected a National Book Award and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for his latest, The Underground Railroad.
  • SPU Women’s Retreat
    February 16-18 2018, Camp Casey, Whidbey Island
    Come away for a while and gather with other women at Camp Casey as we explore what it means to find beauty in brokenness. Limited to 20 people, register by emailing your interest to um@spu.edu by February 9, 2018. The retreat will be led by Deb Nondorf, Minister of Discipleship (debn@spu.edu).
  • Latreia: A Seattle Story
    February 23 @ 5:00 pm to Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm, SPU/World Relief
    Latreia Seattle Story is going to be an overnight service day with a learning and immersion aspect. This year, students will be learning and serving with World Relief and their work with refugees. Dinner, breakfast, and lunch are provided. Sign up here.

Cominig Up:

  • Let’s Talk About Race Series 2018: The Creation of Whiteness
    Saturday, February 24, 2018, 1:00 pm-6:00 pm, Fauntleroy Church UCC YMCA Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association is proud to present Let’s Talk about Race Series 2018. With sponsorship from the Department of Neighborhoods Community Partnerships Fund, and support from the local partners and community advocates, DNDA will engage the Delridge community in the series. For questions, please contact nafasi@dnda.org.
  • Volunteer at Vegfest 2018
    April 7th & 8th, 2018, Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall
    Volunteer for the annual Vegetarian’s of Washington Vegfest! To run this event takes hundres of volunteers, and every year we have many student volunteers helping. For volunteer information, visit here.

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