Celtic Society Hosts Gaelic Celebration
ON OCTOBER 9, bagpipers, highland dancers, and various cultural organizations came to campus for a Celtic Fair. One of Seattle
Pacific University’s newest student clubs, the Celtic Society, and its Celtic Theme House, opened the school year with a Gaelic bang, inviting hundreds of students to immerse themselves in the traditions of ancient Ireland and Scotland.
Yet the six classmates who founded the Celtic Society have a
deeper vision than one rousing event. “We want to raise awareness about Celtic Christianity and its impact on Western culture,” explains junior Dan Donohoe,
a business administration major and club president. “When the rest of Europe was in the Dark Ages, Ireland was sending out missionaries
and keeping the faith alive.”
The students are leading others in exploring
Celtic traditions of the Christian faith, which were established apart from
the Roman Catholic Church. Together, they are reading Celtic
Daily Prayer, a book of Scripture and history that emphasizes
leading a contemplative life, and The Cry of the Deer, a book
of meditations on the hymn of St. Patrick. They are also participating
in worship based on Celtic traditions, including its music.
“Christian spirituality, as adapted by Celtic culture, has some strong elements that believers
today can learn from,” says junior Peter Wilson, the Celtic Society’s worship coordinator.
“We hope to help students gain a greater respect for creation and a more contemplative way of relating to God.”
Adds Donohoe: “This club adds another piece to the diversity puzzle. It’s a different culture, united in Christ.”
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