Last week, at one of our faculty sponsor’s home, we kicked off the semester with a cookout to welcome back our returning Campolo Scholars and to welcome a new cohort of Palmer Theological Seminary seminarians into the program. We also began our weekly meetings for prayer and discussion, where throughout the semester we’ll be reading and engaging works by and about Dietrich Bonhoeffer as well as Henri Nouwen’s book: The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society. Our themes for this year are: Courage and Recovering the Visibility of the Church.
One of the reasons we’re committed to the cohort model for the Campolo Scholars program, is we know that it can cultivate a deepening of friendship and community among the students. Some of the Campolo Scholars, including Emily Pastin and Brittney Daniel (pictured to the right), after meeting and getting to know each other through the program, have become roommates. Our hope and prayer is that the relationships formed during their years in Campolo Scholars program, will last long after they’ve graduated from Eastern, entered ministries and started families. I often tell them during our weekly meetings that I hope they’ll vacation together together as families in the future and will continue to support and encourage one anther through fellowship and prayer.
Please join Tony and all of as at the Campolo Center at Eastern University, in praying for these students that throughout this formative year they grow in their faith, excel in their studies and renew their commitment to love and serve the Lord.