Renewal Week Wrap Up

Friday, September 28, 2012

PLNU’s Spiritual Renewal Week wraps up this Friday, and students, faculty, and staff have been encouraged to put aside their to-do lists to attend chapels and special gatherings throughout the past week. On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Office of Spiritual Development provided Created Space from 7-9 p.m. on lawn at the top of Ryan Library. 

Created Space is a student-led interactive prayer experience where students can use their creativity to create prayers and worship together. Various mediums of art, including paint, charcoal, paper, ribbon, fabric, and other textiles, were provided.

The vision of Created Space is to come together, experience prayer in a new way, and engage the entire person in prayerful response. Melanie Wolf, associate director of chaplaincy ministries, has the desire that students would “engage and be guided by the process of prayer itself, not just the finished product.” 

Created Space is meant to bring individuals together as part of a worshiping community. Set apart from prayer gatherings and prayer walls, Created Space uses only pictures, no words. The hope is to meet the spiritual needs of students that may not be met through other forms of worship.

Spiritual Renewal Week also brought in Rev. Dr. Corey McPherson to speak at each chapel during the week. His talks focused on the “inward journey” of heart-holiness and character transformation, learning to live the Great Commandment: to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Throughout the week, students were given various opportunities to reflect on their own spiritual journeys as individuals and as a community. Student-led worship gatherings were held on the soccer field and on top of Ryan Library. On the soccer field, students were provided different worship stations where they could come to God and seek His wisdom.

Each semester, the vision of Spiritual Renewal week is to keep students, faculty, and staff focused on what really matters even in our busyness: our faith and how we live out that faith.