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What chapel means to me

January 20, 2016

“Justice, Mercy, Humility: Pursuing the Common Good.” It’s the theme chaplains Dustin and Olivia Metcalf selected for NNU’s 2015–2016 chapel services, through which they are encouraging education and conversation in places outside of the classroom.

“We believe that God’s desire is to right the wrongs of this world, and that part of this righting is for God’s people to live holy lives—lives reflecting the image of Christ in the world. To be like Christ, we have to be able to see the ‘least of these’—the abused, the broken, the forgotten.”

Through special speakers, local pastors, members of the campus community and denominational leaders, students are exploring and dialoguing about what it means to be a Christian in our world.


Refugees and immigrants

“The use of themes this past semester has broadened my perspective of the purpose of chapel. No matter how inspiring chapel is, if the content stays within the walls of the Brandt Center, there is no point. For me,” says junior Alexandra Zickefoose, “the themes bridged listening in chapel to actively participating in NNU's mission statement—being creative and redemptive agents in the world.”

For Alexandra, a double major in global languages and cultures and intercultural ministry, the month of November provided both an interesting theme that connected to her academic interests and the chance to live into the university mission. Upon hearing a number of speakers share about refugees and immigrants, Alexandra and a number of other students were inspired to revive STAND Club, a club that partners with World Relief Boise to connect students with refugees.

“The month theme regarding refugees and immigrants was the perfect jumping off point to publicize the club. It made a hygiene drive for refugees in Boise possible—something that has been an idea for the past year, but made possible through the campus focus on refugees. We were also able to find students with preexisting and newly formed interests in working with and helping refugees through the promotion of the STAND Club.”

Human trafficking

In September the campus community and College Church of the Nazarene had the opportunity to co-host SOLD: The Human Trafficking Experience. SOLD is a multi-sensory experience that provides education on the reality of human trafficking, both locally and globally. Through the experience, participants are immersed into the lives of victims in nine different parts of the world and challenged to respond to human trafficking with justice, mercy and humility.

From her interaction with the event, junior Cacey Hall discovered new possibilities and direction for her future. “After going through the human trafficking walk, ‘Sold Experience’ and listening to the different speakers, I have gained so much compassion for women coming out of slavery and I have looked more deeply into what I could do to be a part of that. I am a psychology major and hope to become a counselor or therapist someday, so becoming a therapist for women that have been brought out of slavery is something I am very interested in pursuing.

“Chapel this semester has been such a perfect opportunity for me to explore how I can make a difference in this world and fulfill God’s purpose on this earth. I have gained so much inspiration and compassion and am excited to do something about it.”

Representatives from SOLD also spoke in chapel prior to the start of the experience. That service and others can be found on our chapel webpage→

Creation care

“I will admit that many of the issues brought up during this [fall] semester of chapel had seemed political to me at first,” says junior history major Erik Birnel. “The month of October was dedicated to ‘creation care.’ I was raised up with conservative leanings and I still consider myself to be conservative politically, so any mention of ‘creation care’ seemed to be a disguised form of radical environmentalism. But after hearing a chapel interdisciplinary panel on God’s creation, I let my faith and the word of God inform my beliefs. Instead of wincing at buzzwords like ‘global warming’ or ‘eco-friendly,’ I consider earthly stewardship to be a way of life that God has called all His Church to live out since the dawn of creation.”

Listen to the October 28 panel Erik mentioned or other services on our Spiritual Life site→

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