Reunion 2014 "Renews the Reality" of Asbury
WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University alumni who returned to campus for Snapshots: Reunion 2014 now have a new collection of memories of the people and places that have earned a fond spot in their hearts.
Some highlights of the weekend include:
- Three performances of “The Beams are Creaking,” a stage production telling the story of Christian theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Asbury’s cast and crew of this play were selected to compete against universities in nine Southeastern states through the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) program.
- Following an evening program in which several Asburians were recognized for their service to the University and impact on the world, alumni enjoyed an ice cream social on the lawn and — new to this year’s event — an opportunity to launch a lantern into the darkening sky. With summer fireflies on the ground and lanterns in the air, Asbury helped a small Kentucky town shine.
- Missionaries past and present overflowed the altar in Hughes Auditorium at the conclusion of the annual Mission Chapel, with their classmates and friends coming forward to pray for them and the calling to share God’s love around the world. Speaker Staci Wells ’99 Keter encouraged the group: “Missions is not about geography or what you’re paid to do. It’s about the position of your heart. I don’t now what Christ has called you to do, but doing nothing is not an option.”
- Alumni from classes ending in “4” or “9,” including the newest group of “golden grads” from the Class of 1964, enjoyed special lunches together on Saturday. Classmates revisited photo albums of their college years and got caught up on family, career and ministry life events.
- Joe Castillo, a finalist on the hit show “America’s Got Talent,” brought a crowd in Hughes Auditorium to their feet with a creative depiction of theme such as creation, freedom, forgiveness and the Passion of Christ in his original Sandstory style.
- On Sunday morning, everyone came together for a Reunion Concert Band performance featuring class hymns, a memorial service for the alumni who have passed away in the past years and worship together in a place referred to by Campus Chaplain Greg Haseloff as “common ground on which we have explored the love and power of Jesus."
Russ Williams, a member of the Class of 1966 as well as a former alumni director and University advancement officer, reflected that Reunion is a way to relive the high points of a person’s time at Asbury in the best way possible.
“My college years here at Asbury are as clear in my mind today as they were when I lived them,” he said. “Whether it was a lecture class or playing softball or Chapel — I remember clearly some of the speakers — Reunion reminds me that my past has been the foundation of the present. It renews and extends the reality.”