PRACTICING WHAT WE PREACH
In an effort to continue
building relationships with local religious leaders and churches, Trinity
invited more than 400 Chicago area pastors and ministers for a luncheon
on Tuesday, March 14.
The admissions department
at Trinity organized the collaborative event to familiarize the pastors
with the College and introduce ways they can work together in Christian
education and service. The diverse group included many leaders from African-American
and Asian-American churches.
Felecia Thompson, director
of community partnerships, and Jane Voss, program manager of the Church
Connection Initiative, expressed their hope to work with the pastors and
serve their constituents better.
"One of our goals of community
partnerships is to listen to feedback given to us by you," said Thompson.
"Please, come and share what richness you can bring to our community."
"The ideas you have can shape
what Trinity plans for the future," Voss added.
Voss also spoke about Trinity's
role in helping teenagers listen to God's will for their lives. "The Church
Connection Initiative at Trinity has a strong interest in helping young
teens discover their calling," Voss said. "The CCIT would like to partner
those teens with current students to encourage the acceptance of those
President Steven Timmermans,
Pete Hamstra, vice president of marketing and admissions, and Denise Coleman,
director of financial aid, encouraged the guests to think of the College
as a destination for their college-bound high school students. Hamstra
expressed that the admissions and financial aid departments have many programs
to serve these students and would work diligently to make a Trinity education
a reality for students who show interest.
"The College takes seriously
the call for diversity of thought, backgrounds, and opinions," said Hamstra.
"Trinity has approximately 1,300 wonderful students, but we would love
to see more coming from the Chicago region."
Clinton Hurt '09 offered
prayer to begin the program. The group was then led in a rousing rendition
of "This is the Day that the Lord has Made" by gospel choir director James