ENCOURAGES "BLATANT CIVILITY" FOR NEW ACADEMIC YEAR
As the College officially
marked the beginning of its 46th year of Christian higher education, President
Steven Timmermans exhorted students, faculty, and staff to demonstrate
blatant civility toward each other throughout the 2004-05 academic year
in his convocation address Friday, September 3.
His address to the audience
gathered in the Ozinga Chapel auditorium stated that the fruits of the
Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-25 should govern Trinity's efforts
to build community among its citizens.
"There are some basic ideas
about how we live well together in community and how we strive to become
a civil society," the president said. "As Christians, our call to civility
is indisputable, and our civility must be brazenly obvious, or blatant.
What is most important is how we use our voice and actions on campus.
"As a Christian institution,
our civility should be characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We must model (cultural)
transformation and provide opportunity to do it. Then we will be effective
as blatantly civil individuals."
Student association president
Kevin Walker, a senior from Chicago, led the litany reading followed by
a prayers offered by representatives of all four classes. The program concluded
with a solo by Felecia Thompson, director of community partnerships, and
benediction by College chaplain Tim Hoekstra.
Address - "Blatant Civility"