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Students experience the power of service, prayer

The sky was blue and full of sunshine on September 29 as the busyness of the day unfolded. On Multnomah’s campus, about 30 graduate and seminary students were gathering for Day of Prayer. Off campus, 150 undergraduate students were serving the neighboring community for Day of Outreach.


'A great connector'

Once every fall and spring, undergraduate students volunteer at several locations in the Portland community. A volunteer site can be anywhere: a nonprofit, a community center, a school. Even a MAX station. MU cancels classes for the day so students can devote their whole morning to service.

The commuters waiting to ride the nearby MAX Light Rail brightened up as Multnomah students offered them steaming cups of coffee and fresh donuts. Freshman Megan Flikkema loved the opportunity to brush shoulders with people she wouldn’t normally meet.

“It’s a great connector,” she said. “It’s an easy way to pass out breakfast and talk about Jesus.” Flikkema was right: Many students took time to engage in meaningful conversations with people they encountered, listening intently to their life stories.

Summit student Trevor Grant saw Day of Outreach as a way to respond: “In the last three months, I’ve really been convicted about how much we’re called to help out in the community,” said the freshman. “So [Day of Outreach] is good timing.”


'Faith without works is nothing'

Not far down the road from the MAX station, another group of students wandered through the Montavilla neighborhood, praying for their neighbors while they searched for trash littering the yards, gutters and sidewalks. Although a seemingly small act, the residents responded positively. One man even hollered his sincere thanks from his car before turning onto the busy street.

“It’s important, especially at Multnomah, to get out into the community,” said Brittany Bowling, a business and organizational psychology major.

Hebrew major Darren Warren stuffed some litter from the street gutter into a large plastic bag. “Faith without works is nothing,” said the freshman. “Being the hands and feet of God is precisely what God is all about.” You could tell Warren meant every word — he looked eager to support the event’s mission.


'God weaves our stories'

Back on campus, graduate and seminary students were gathered together for a morning of prayer and fellowship. Daytime classes were cancelled so students could step back from studies and set aside time dedicated to seeking God. The quaint and quiet prayer chapel proved to be the perfect setting for the event.

Master of Divinity student Aimee Pahl was the organizer for Day of Prayer. She was deeply encouraged by what took place during the prayer time, and was especially impressed by students’ vulnerability as they lifted each other’s requests to the Lord. “[God] weaves our stories so that we understand each other, especially when we’re praying for one another,” she said.

The three-hour prayer session brought Kā‘ili Wells some much needed peace. “I just needed to reconnect with God,” said the seminary student. “I needed worshipful, prayerful rest.” Wells also mentioned the importance of creating a time and a place for seminary and graduate students to come together; with their schedules, it can be easy for them to become exclusive.

Although there has been a lot going on in Wells' life, he left Day of Prayer feeling refreshed. “It’s funny, because I’m tired,” he said, chuckling. “But I also feel rejuvenated.” The power of prayer does some amazing things.

Chapel Series Tackles Sex, Lies and Recovery

Blake Williams, Multnomah alumnus and Executive Director of Pure Life Alliance, invites you to next week's chapel series.

I can still hear Dr. Pamela Reeve’s words: “You have a serious issue. You’ll need to stay out of ministry for at least a year.” These were not the words I wanted to hear when I was four months from graduating from Multnomah Biblical Seminary with my MDiv. I had been grappling with sexual sin for almost two decades, and I had just confessed it all to Dr. Reeve. Now, more than 14 years later, God has turned my story into one of sexual redemption and hope. Read the rest of this entry »

What Is Lectio Divina?

Comments Off Written on December 11th, 2012 by
Categories: Chapel, Faculty, General, Students
What Is Lectio Divina?

Lectio Divina Chapels at Multnomah are, simply, times of focused and prayerful attention to short passages of scripture.  This is done in small groups of 4 to 6. The point is to slow down, to sit quietly, and to consider God’s Word, praying for insight and a willing spirit to hear and obey.  Repeated readings of the short passage and prayerful consideration of the text give students an opportunity for prolonged exposure to a passage of scripture, placing themselves under the authority of God’s Word and to consider God’s will for their lives that day.

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Jongeward Journeys

Jongeward Journeys

"I came across a quote the other day that said, 'We had the experience, but we missed the meaning'. Today I want to share with you the most difficult experience I have ever had. But I want to share with you the meaning... God has a way of turning tragedy into victory. Our story is a story of loss and of pain, but also a story of great gain."

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Professors Talk Hell On Radio Show

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Categories: Chapel, Faculty, General, Media, Seminary
Professors Talk Hell On Radio Show

There's been a lot of talk about "hell" on campus lately. What with new books espousing more universal views and the classically-held version of the subject - it's become, well, a hot topic (ahem).

Georgene Rice Show

As you know, our good friends at The Georgene Rice Show have asked Multnomah Professors to go on-air and answer questions about hot topics and Read the rest of this entry »

Multnomah Commits To 20 Days Of Prayer

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Categories: Chapel, General, Pray For MU, Students
Multnomah Commits To 20 Days Of Prayer

A Tradition of Prayer Has Begun!

Started by students on the Student World Outreach Team (SWOT), this event has been designed so that a student, staff, or faculty member is assigned to each hour of the day, 7 days a week for an entire month out of each semester (with spring break there are only 20 days). The students can sign up for as many hours as they wish, for individual prayer or prayer in small Read the rest of this entry »

Chapel Highlights Legacy Day

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Categories: Alumni, Chapel, Dr. Lockwood, Financial Aid, General, Students
Chapel Highlights Legacy Day

Celebrating the Legacy!

On Monday February 28, 2011, we will celebrate a day dedicated to bringing awareness to students about the part they play in continuing the Multnomah Legacy. Many students who are currently enrolled at Multnomah do not realize that 20% of their tuition is paid for by the generosity of our alumni and donors. We highlight this day as a special time for students to recognize that someday Read the rest of this entry »

Game Show Chapel Highlight

Game Show Chapel Highlight

Hello Again Alumni!

How can three weeks have just flown by? I guess it just shows that time flies when you are having fun! Since my last posting, there have been so many things going on here in the Alumni Department. For instance, this last Thursday on January 20th the Alumni Department organized a Student vs. Alumni Game Show chapel as a part of our Homecoming week. Set up much like a Jeopardy and Read the rest of this entry »

Chapel Spotlight – Professor Dan Christiansen

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Categories: Alumni, Chapel, Faculty, General, Media, Students

The Multnomah University Chapel program exists to provide occasions for worship, assembly, spiritual formation and education in community.  Audio recordings of campus chapel services are available on Multnomah's website for your enjoyment and enrichment.

Journeys Chapel - November 16, 2010 Read the rest of this entry »

Alumnus of the Year

Comments Off Written on November 17th, 2010 by
Categories: Alumni, Chapel, General

Neil Johnson (BS ’60)

In recognition of his Christ-centered life and example of Multnomah’s mission, Multnomah University presented Neil

Johnson with the 2010 Honored Alumnus of the Year Award. The Alumnus of the Year award is the highest award that Multnomah bestows upon an alumnus and in celebration of this occasion, Neil was invited to share with the Multnomah University student body at chapel on September 28th. Read the rest of this entry »