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51st Convocation Celebrates Jubilee Living

As Trinity celebrates its 50th anniversary and Jubilee year, the academic year began with the 51st Convocation led by President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D., reading from Leviticus 25:

 11That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you: you shall not sow, or reap the aftergrowth, or harvest the unpruned vines. 12For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you: you shall eat only what the field itself produces.

Addressing the crowd of new and current students, staff, and faculty, Timmermans asked: “Do you think that we should take this passage off the shelf once every 50 years, dust it off, and remind ourselves that God is concerned for the good of all and, following his lead, that we, his people, do good toward those with less every 50 years? Of course not.”

Timmermans went on to explain that through the example of Christ, his death, resurrection, and imparting of the Holy Spirit, God shows us that this “jubilee” is not an event as much as it is “a way of living.”

He challenged those gathered to recommit to “jubilee” living and for students and professors to consider their educational task in that context, “recognizing that we each need to learn how to participate in God’s world as whatever we’re called to do so that God’s will and kingdom will be accomplished on earth as it is heaven.”

Read the Convocation address in its entirety.

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