During the first week of classes University Ministry hosted two events.
On Monday, September 24th we celebrated Mass with Archbishop John Vlazny. The Archbishop was on campus for his annual visit and to attend the first meeting of the Trustees for the 2012-2013 academic year. Members of our community: students, staff, faculty, and trustees gathered together to pray and to thank the Archbishop for his on-going support of Catholic education and of our university.
On Tuesday, the 25th we were honored to celebrate Yom Kippur with our very own Rabbi Rob. Rob is a graduate of our Master of Divinity program and he is an adjunct faculty member in our School of Business. Rob led a group of 25 through the rituals of Yom Kippur and he took time to explain the meaning and history of each ritual. For many of us the experience was a powerful reminder that we are human, we fail, and we need to ask one another and God for forgiveness.
The coming days we will focus on social justice: climate change and human trafficking. MUSAC (Marylhurst University Sustainability Advisory Council) is helping us host a movie called Sun Come Up. In the movie we learn about the worlds first climate change refugees. We will meet in Wiegand at 7:00pm on Thursday, October 4th (Which happens to be the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi). On Saturday, our science department is hosting a climate change conference. It begins at 10:00 in Commons and is free of charge! Finally, next Tuesday, the 9th we will begin our monthly brown bag gatherings to discuss human trafficking.
Blessings on your week!