Spiritual Emphasis Week is all about breaking free of the ordinary, breaking free of the monotony that can plague traditional chapel services. To aid in this mission, One School of the Arts and Sciences invites to the stage a special worship team to evangelize to scholars.
Spiritual Emphasis Week is all about breaking free of the ordinary, breaking free of the monotony that can plague traditional chapel services. To aid in this mission, One School of the Arts and Sciences invites to the stage a special worship team to evangelize to scholars.
Kathryn Del Rio

What is Spiritual Empthisis Week?

 

The impassioned testimonies of life and death, the dominating force of the drum reverberating in your soul, the unmistakable aura of reverence during an altar call. The time for spiritual emphasis week is nearing, but what should scholars expect, and why are we taking four valuable days from our work week?

 

From January eight to the eleventh, One School of the Arts and Sciences will be observing Spiritual Emphasis Week, an annual tradition entailing daily extended chapel services featuring a menagerie of exclusive speakers and musicians that will take the stage as scholars embark on a journey to encounter God.

 

“Spiritual Emphasis [Week] kind of takes out that monotony of just doing chapel and really focuses on our walk with Christ and discovering and experiencing who God is. And putting that intentionality behind it.” Pastor Tim Waisanen, spiritual counselor.

 

To Pastor Tim, Spiritual Emphasis Week presents a unique opportunity to scholars, transcending the routine constraints of time and burdensome workloads that often present themselves as barriers to obtaining a spiritual relationship with the Trinity. He believes that by entering the coming week with open-mindedness and a deliberate longing to receive, scholars will walk away from the week with more than a long nap.

 

So by allowing yourself space to focus on God and your walk with Christ and asking questions, maybe you’re still asking who God is, whether people are doubting or believing, or they just want to go deeper with God. It needs time and space, like your closest friends. Why do you know them so well? You spent time with them.

— Pastor Tim Waisanan

 

Spiritual Emphasis Week is designed for scholars to give time from their day to develop a genuine relationship with God. Just as you spend several hours of your day with your friends, you must put the same effort into fostering a connection with God. According to Ms. Sayavan, Head of School, this connection is central to the One School of the Arts and Sciences mission to prepare scholars for the world ahead by instilling in them a perspective of love.

 

“There’s so much brokenness. And if you don’t have that perspective on love, it can be completely debilitating. It reverses the hallmarks of the Christian life: righteousness, joy, and peace. We want our scholars to have those things,” said Ms. Sayavan.

 

Spiritual Emphasis Week is a time to worship and reflect. It is about taking a break from the hustle of daily life and loving our friends, ourselves, and God. To acknowledge a reality beyond the superficial and to find peace in the immaterial.

 

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