By all worldly measurements we have seen some unusual things this year. We saw some students give up their Friday nights to help people who are homeless feel more human and we witnessed other students give up their spring breaks to give people dignity by washing their feet and building them homes. We watched students, faculty, and staff give up their personal time to stay late and tutor and cheer one another on. It is unusual.
By all worldly measurements we had the opportunity to witness some odd stuff these two semesters. We saw enemies become friends again and hardened hearts become soft again. We saw a young white man wash a young black woman’s feet and then we saw her stand up on those loved feet and then kneel down her brave knees and we watched her feel safe enough to wash his feet in return. We saw conflicts resolved and people commit to be a reconciling people. It is odd.
By all worldly measurements this campus has participated in unconventional work during our time together. We saw twelve people baptized in a big plastic pool from Big Lots, twelve people who now know that they are loved by God and want to live for him. We witness people who gave up drinking and gave up dividing, gave up cutting and gave up comparing, gave up porn and absolutely refuse to follow the norm. We saw people pick up their Bibles and others pick up healthy habits. We saw quiet people learning to pray out loud and loud people willing to be silent. It is unconventional.
In a violent world we gathered for peace. In the midst of mess we decided there was a message. We cut holes in church ceilings so we could bring our friends in. We walked out of our tombs and decided to leave our grave clothes behind. And in the midst of all the division in the world and those who breed it with their relentless tweets and posts we saw people make an intentional move to Christ, a location where people choose to live as one.
This year has been odd and unconventional, unusual, peculiar, and strange because time and time again people among us have gone against the pull of the world and intentionally taken themselves out of the center of the universe and instead placed God in God’s rightful place at the center of everything. And with Jesus securely at the center of our universe this work will certainly continue as together we commit to becoming an truly ec-centric people.