Alumni Return for Reunion 2013: Paths We've Taken

WILMORE, KY. — Alumni going back more than 65 years gathered once again in Asbury University’s historic Hughes Auditorium, the spiritual center of the campus, to begin "Reunion 2013: Paths We’ve Taken" on Friday morning.

The Chapel service marked the start of a weekend in which time and space for quiet conversations with old friends is punctuated with lively group events, music, meals and an abundance of Asbury spirit.

Christian illusionist Harris III concluded his program by creating the wonder of snow in Hughes Auditorium.
Christian illusionist Harris III concluded his program by creating the wonder of snow in Hughes Auditorium.

On Friday, alumni took the opportunity to tour new campus buildings, visit Asbury’s Equine Center and Mission Farm Project, enjoy a plate of barbecue on the grass with other families and relive favorite student memories over a banquet. Friday evening, illusionist Harris III used the “art” of misdirection and deceptive appearances to underscore a timeless message: abundant life comes not from possessions or the approval of others, but through a loving relationship with Jesus.

“I’m excited to be at Asbury,” Harris said. “Everyone here is smiling and has been super helpful — there’s a great atmosphere.”

Saturday’s activities include a missions-oriented Chapel service at 10 a.m. in Hughes with Sarah Leckie ’03, an alumna who has used her media production skills to share stories of God’s movement through mission organizations around the world. Class luncheons on Saturday give alumni an opportunity to share old memories and make new ones in anticipation of a program on Saturday evening that celebrates the many paths Asburians have taken through the years. Reunion will conclude Sunday morning with a choral program, memorial observance and worship service.

Silvia Rivera de Chicol ’80 first came to Asbury in December 1975, driving up with her family from her native Guatemala. She returned this year eager to revisit a place that shaped her faith and nurtured a sense of confidence.

“It’s amazing how the school has changed so much in 30 years, but there’s still the same spirit,” she said. “People still smile and say, ‘Hi,’ and that’s really something special.”

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