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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.

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