Category Archives: Spiritual Life

Akande Vows to be International Students’ ‘Shield’ in Wake of Executive Order

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President Benjamin Akande addresses students at a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday.  PHOTO BY ROBERTA BURNS

BY JIM MALVEN
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 

Westminster President Benjamin Akande held a town hall meeting in the Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall Tuesday afternoon to answer questions about U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order prohibiting entry into the United States for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, for at least 90 days.

During the meeting, Akande offered support to the students who have been impacted by the order.
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Students, Faculty and Staff Approach End of Semester with Focus on Service

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Over the past few days, staff members have given various items to the Center for Faith and Service’s toy drive for S.E.R.V.E. The toy drive will remain open until 9 p.m. Dec. 12.  PHOTO COURTESY OF MAEBA JONAS.

BY JIM MALVEN
ASSISTANT EDITOR 

When Lori Anderson, Westminster’s student information coordinator, celebrated her birthday last Wednesday, she did not get traditional gifts. Instead, she received what she had requested: nonperishable food items, which she then donated to the Westminster Blue Jay Food Pantry the following day.
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New Center for Faith and Service Comes to Campus

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BY STEFANIE EGGLESTON 
STAFF WRITER AND SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR 

“This way for hugs, cookies and good vibes,” the sign in front of the new Center for Faith and Service says.

The house, located at 329 W. 7th Street, is a new collaboration on campus, bringing together the Office of Spiritual Life, Office of Community Engagement and the Diversity Center, which were all previously located in separate office spaces.

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Presbyterian Peacemaker Emphasizes the Essence of Spirituality

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Dr. Bob Hansen and Dr. Vartkes Kassouni. PHOTO BY JIM MALVEN.

BY JIM MALVEN
ASSISTANT EDITOR 

Ordained reverend Dr. Vartkes “Kass” Kassouni visited Westminster last week as part of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, a program in which Presbyterian leaders travel around the world sharing concerns about peace and justice and providing insights aimed at inspiring greater faithfulness.
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Students Speak: Spiritual Life and Religious Diversity at Westminster

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The Spiritual Life bulletin board upstairs in Hunter Activity Center. PHOTO BY STEFANIE EGGLESTON.

BY STEFANIE EGGLESTON 
STAFF WRITER

Westminster is a diverse campus, not just in country of origin, but in religion. Through Thursday-at-11 events, and organizations like Interfaith Advisory Board (IAB), the Spiritual Life office strives to introduce the student body to and embrace all the different faith traditions represented on campus. Read more

Spiritual Life’s Student Groups Foster Community on Campus and Across Faiths

Students discuss Westminster's Spiritual Life during lunch. PHOTO BY MATT MCCORMACK.

Students discuss Westminster’s Spiritual Life during lunch on Jan. 14. PHOTO BY MATT MCCORMACK.

BY MATT MCCORMACK
STAFF WRITER

Hermann Lounge was filled with blessings, food and students on Thursday, Jan. 14 with a goal in mind. That goal was to eat and be a community together, according to campus Chaplain, Jamie Haskins. Read more

Spiritual Life, Dr. Akande Address Mizzou Protests

Members of Spiritual Life collected student signatures on a “WestMO stands against discrimination” banner in JCI. PHOTO BY JIM MALVEN.

Members of Spiritual Life collected student signatures on a “WestMO stands against discrimination” banner in JCI. PHOTO BY JIM MALVEN.

BY JIM MALVEN
STAFF WRITER

Days after top University of Missouri officials resigned amid student demands to end racism at the predominately white school, Westminster took steps both to support Mizzou students and to examine how Westminster can ensure racial equity on campus. Read more

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