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Trinity's commitment to diversity received a substantial boost when it received a $6,000 grant from Calvin College to train student leaders to discover, embrace, and reinforce the variety of worship practices and styles.

The grant comes from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship as part of its Campus Worship Formation Program initiative. Calvin invited other members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities to apply for the money to help develop a process for worship renewal on their campuses.

"As we aim to increase diversity in all aspects of our community, this grant will help provide mentoring and training programs for our student chapel leaders," said Ginny Carpenter, Trinity's dean of students. "Part of our commitment is to give specific guidance and resources to student leadership, and we have the means to do that now."

Trinity is one of 14 institutions that were awarded grants, which are intended to stimulate thoughtful and energetic work that leads to renewed worship. As the College strives to achieve diversity in its worship, it recognizes the advantage of targeting its students to accomplish that goal.

"Renewing worship entails diversity," chaplain Tim Hoekstra said. "If our community worship is to be fresh, it must involve everyone and be relevant to everyone. As we undergo that renewal process, we need to understand our differences and incorporate them on campus."

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